University of York in America

The University of York in America is a separate legal entity from the University.

Donations to the University of York in America are tax deductible and it is a 501(c)(3) organisation (EIN number: 30-0241333). Our Board of Directors decides how funds donated to the University of York in America are used.

Aims of the University of York in America

Our Mission Statement:

The University of York in America is a non-profit organisation. With the help of alumni and friends, it supports the increase of educational opportunity and quality of education and research at the University of York and other institutions. Through the development of strategic partnerships it aims to increase awareness of the University of York and its priority projects and to raise funds in support of students, teaching and research.

In practise this means that it aims to:

  • increase opportunities for students to study and work abroad by expanding the capacity of the US International Connections Fund
  • develop partnerships including cultural exchanges, internships and exchange programmes
  • increase other educational opportunities and research
  • engage in strategic media promotion to develop awareness of the University of York

The Board of Directors

The President of the University of York in America is the Vice-Chancellor of York. Our alumni volunteer members are all US-based residents who are active ambassadors for York in the United States.

Saul Tendler (President)

Acting Vice-Chancellor and President


Professor Tendler has been Acting Vice-Chancellor and President at the University since November 2018. Prior to his current appointment he was the University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost from September 2015.

Professor Tendler has significant experience of research and technology transfer. He was a founding director of Molecular Profiles Ltd. His research has resulted in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, the award of a DSc and has been recognised through a number of prizes. He has served on many funding council and research council boards and committees and was Chair of the MRC/BBSRC/EPSRC Discipline Hopping Panel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and was designated a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in 2000.


Anthony Hollingworth (Vice-President)

Philosophy, polotics and Ethics, Wentworth, 2000

About Anthony;

Anthony recieved a 1st class honors from york in 2000. He was a member of Wentworth College and the University Rugby Football club. Anthony also represented York in the North American exchange programme at the University of Illinois in 1998-99. While at York he met his wife, Megan, whilst she was completing a semester abroad programme in the English department. They now reside in New Jersey with their daughters Emma and Ruby.

Anthony is a management and technology consultant and Director with Gartner, Inc., the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. He has wide experience advising government agencies and businesses in both the United Kingdom and United States, specializing in public-sector strategy and technologies. He completed a Masters degree in Public Administration at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and worked as consultant for Accenture in UK. From 1996-2003 he was a reserve soldier in the British Army, Royal Corps of Signals.

Dr Alan Eynon

Electronics, Goodricke, 1997

About Alan;

Born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr Eynon completed both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science at Rice University in Houston, Texas, in 1986. While working as an engineer for the US Defence Department, completed a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University in Washington, District of Columbia, in 1991.

Dr Eynon was reassigned to work in the Harrogate area, and started his research under Professor Tim Tozer in the Department of Electronics at the University of York in 1992, completing a DPhil in 1997 with his thesis “Coarse Synchronization Techniques for the Rapid Acquisition of Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum Signals”. Also during this time, Dr Eynon played the viola in Leeds Symphony and West Riding Opera.

Since 1997, Dr Eynon has lived in Texas. He worked in the Digital Signal Processors division of Texas Instruments, in Houston, and then moved to Dallas to work for Raytheon E-Systems, primarily on the automatic detection and identification of radar signals. Since 2002, he has been with Innovative Signal Analysis, applying his academic expertise and broad experience to a variety of defence-related projects.

Dr Eynon and his wife live in a solar powered house of their own design, with their four herding dogs. In addition to the viola, Dr Eynon enjoys running, beekeeping, swing dancing, astronomy, and travel.

Alan has been a continuous and loyal supporter of the University of York for over ten years, and set up one of the first legacy gifts to the University, to support science and engineering students who wish to broaden their education by spending a year at a university in the USA.

Kelly O’Donnell

Medieval Studies, Wentworth, 2002

About Kelly;

Since graduating from the University of York in 2002 with a Masters in Medieval Studies, Kelly O,Donnell has worked in New York City as an Advertising & Promotion Paralegal. She has wide-ranging advertising and promotions law experience and has worked extensively with counsel around the world to vet and implement domestic and international promotions.

She currently support the Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations Group lawyers at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz in counselling clients on social media, sweepstakes, contests, coupons, gift cards, rebates, Web site terms of use, privacy policies, and other promotions and advertising-related issues. Kelly also assists for-profit companies implementing cause-related marketing programs to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Prior to joining Frankfurt Kurnit, she was an advertising and entertainment paralegal with Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP and Loeb & Loeb LLP. Prior to starting the Masters Program at University of York, Kelly also worked for Random House, Time Warner Books and MTV Networks.

Kelly graduated from Michigan State University with BA in History and English in 1998. She acquired a Certificate of Completion from New York University’s Summer Publishing Institute in the summer of 1998. Kelly has also published a novella entitled Blood on the Moon in 2010.

Kelly is a committed donor to the University of York in America, US International Connections Fund.

David Lee

Economics and Econometrics, Halifax, 2005

About David;

David Lee graduated with a First Class honors in Economics and Econometrics from York in 2005. He was awarded the Head of Department's prize on graduation, a prize he shared with Yaxin Duan '05, his wife.

After working briefly for ABN AMRO bank in structured credit, David moved to America in the summer of 2008 to complete an MBA at Yale University. After graduating, he joined Princeton University Investment Company (PRINCO), the office of the University that manages Princeton's $23 billion Endowment. He is currently a Principal on the investment team and help oversee the marketable asset categories. In addition to his primary role at the Endowment, David also sits on Princeton’s inter-departmental Planned Giving committee. Outside of his day job, he is an investment committee volunteer at the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

David was drawn to work for Princeton, rather than a for-profit investment firm, given the mission of supporting higher education. David says the recognition of the importance of higher education can be traced to his time at York, and he would be delighted to give back to the University in a small way.

Roger Worrell

Management, Wentworth, 2004

About Roger;

Roger Worrell is the Chief Financial Officer for SSP America Inc. He is responsible for over $500 million of revenue generated across SSP’s US and Canadian divisions. Roger oversees all financial elements of the company including finance, accounting and treasury. Roger also managers the information technology department, ensuring well organised support for the company’s operations. Roger boasts over 20 years of experience in managing financial operations and directives in two different countries. He joined SSP America in 2008 following 14 years with SSP’s operations in the UK. His last position on leaving the UK was chief financial officer of the UK division which included 300 units on railway stations, Harry Ramsden’s (famous Fish and Chips), Millie’s Cookies and Rail Gourmet. Prior to joining SSP, Roger held senior finance positions at Chestermark plc, Europcar and Tower Records in the UK.

Roger was born in Hitchin, Hertfordshire and is married, with one son. His hobbies include reading, photography, travel and racquet sports.

He holds an MBA from the University of Warwick Business School (2014) and a Masters of Science Degree from the University of York (2004).

Mary Haworth (Secretary)

Director of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni

About Mary;

Mary came to York to take up the role of Director of Philanthropic Partnerships and Alumni in 2011. Prior to York, Mary was Deputy Director of Development at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and before that Development Manager for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle.

Mary’s role is to lead the team and direct the development and implementation of York’s philanthropic fundraising strategy and engagement programmes in order to encourage and facilitate philanthropic support from charities, individual donors, alumni and businesses. Mary has an MSc in Charity Marketing and Fundraising from Cass Business School, and is a fully certified member of the Institute of Fundraising Management.