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Thong Trinh Fellow

Thong Trinh

PhD Student in Higher Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Thong Trinh is an Edwin J. O'Leary Fellow and currently pursuing a Doctorate study in Higher Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He also affiliates with the EdLab Asia Centre for Education Research and Development as a researcher. His research interest is Higher Education Policy with a focus on Finance. Thong has published in the areas of student willingness to pay, university budgeting, and related topics of higher education policy. He also served as a peer reviewer for some WOS and Scopus journals in the field of Education.

Thong was a Strathclyde Business School Dean's Excellence Scholarship and got his MSc in Business Analysis and Consulting from University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom in 2022. He also earned a BSc with distinction in International Business in Vietnam. In 2019, he was awarded the Certificate for the graduate valedictorian from the Hai Phong Mayor.

Check out his latest article on University World News: Tuition fees: Finding a balance between quality and access


Sean Reeder


Sean's career in higher education spans nearly 20 years. Sean is currently the Vice Chancellor of Finance at the University of Missouri Kansas City and has served in a similar role at Eastern Illinois University.  Prior to these roles, Sean was the Assistant Vice President of Capital Programs and Utility Services for the University of Illinois System, as well as in other roles related to technology development at Michigan State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Research interests align with financial interests and fiscal health and policy of public institutions of higher education and his thesis is on capital investment across public universities.