Lelia Crawford

Leila Crawford

Lelia Crawford



Born in Hartwell, Georgia and usually following that statement, she has to answer the question, where’s Hartwell?  Approximately 100 miles northeast of Atlanta on the lake of the same name, Hartwell shares a border with South Carolina. Lelia earned both bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Montana.  Prior to coming to Emory, she was employed at Whitworth College and the University of Montana.   

As director of ISSS, Lelia manages services for international students and scholars.  The work focuses on orientation, immigration and other regulatory compliance, communication, advocacy, training, and consulting.  The office is responsible for the Exchange Visitor Program of the Department of State and all employment-based immigration for the university.  Lelia has served on numerous councils, committees, commissions, and task forces at Emory.  In 2002, she received Emory University’s Award of Distinction in recognition of outstanding service and contributions to the Emory community.  

Lelia is involved in the international education profession and has made numerous contributions.  As a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, she served on NAFSA’s Training Coordination Subcommittee and represented the Committee on the Academy for International Education Task Force, chairing the Curriculum Committee.  Other leadership roles in international education include chair of the Georgia Association of International Educators, state of Georgia representative to NAFSA Region VII, and chair of NAFSA Region VII.  She has presented NAFSA sessions and workshops, both as a member of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps and independently.  In 1991, she was the recipient of a Fulbright grant for international education administrators and spent time in Japan and Korea learning about their education systems, societies, and cultures.

An ordained elder at Hillside Presbyterian Church, Lelia is a regular volunteer in several of the church’s outreach efforts, including Habitat for Humanity, the Decatur Cooperative Ministry, the Hillside-Temple Sinai Book Group, and the Hillside/First Presbyterian-Atlanta Partnership Ministry mission activities.  She is also an avid theater fan and travel is her avocation.