About the Executive Director

Brief Bio

Adam J. Grotsky 
Executive Director, United States - India Educational Foundation (USIEF)

Adam Grotsky has spent more than twenty-five years living and working in the field of international education. He has served as the Executive Director of the United States - India Educational Foundation (USIEF) since May of 2008. As Executive Director of USIEF he oversees the administration of the prestigious Fulbright - Nehru Scholarship program, the Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative and the EducationUSA advising centers located throughout India.

Prior to his current appointment he served for four years as the Director of Study Abroad at Towson University, with responsibility for developing, administrating and promoting Towson's study abroad programs. Before going to Towson, he served as the Associate Director for International Programs at the University of South Carolina from 1997 to 2004.

Grotsky has been an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and has presented at regional and national conferences on a variety of topics, including the systems of higher education in South Asia, undergraduate research in study abroad, and study abroad marketing strategies, among others.

In 2006-07 he was a member of the team which overhauled NAFSA's Professional Development Program entitled "The Foundations of Education Abroad Advising." In 2007-08 he served as a member of the Forum on Education Abroad's Ethics Committee and helped draft first-time guidelines for the field of education abroad.

Adam Grotsky was born in Passaic, New Jersey. He received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and his MA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He studied abroad in Sri Lanka in 1985 (AFS) and in India in 1988-89 as a student on the University of Wisconsin's College Year in India Program. After graduate school, he returned to India and served as the Resident Director of the College Year in India Program from 1992 to 1994. During his three years in India, he became proficient in Hindi while studying Indian classical music and conducting field based research on the system of higher education in India. He currently lives in New Delhi with his wife Olga Marino, a native of Argentina, who is a freelance translator.