A.C.E. Senior Management
President & CEO
David Woodward is the President & CEO of Associates in Cultural Exchange. He first joined A.C.E. in 1980 as an English as a Second Language teacher, and became President & CEO in 1998. Woodward was born in Iran where he spent his early youth and developed a fascination for languages and cultures of the world. He eventually became fluent in Persian, French and Arabic, and traveled to 50+ countries over the course of his career.
Following studies at Carleton College and the University of Washington, he received a National Resource Fellowship in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization in 1981. Woodward holds four degrees from the University of Washington including a Master of Education in Higher Education with a specialization in Teaching English as a Second Language, a Master of Arts in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, and a Bachelor of Arts in History. Besides teaching ESL for A.C.E., Woodward taught English as a foreign language at Kuwait University in 1982-83. Over his career he has presented extensively in forums and conferences on cross-cultural communication, language education, global business, international program administration, and Middle Eastern life. His favorite topic is "Humor of the Middle East".
Woodward has led A.C.E. in its redevelopment since 1998, resulting in expansion to five U.S. states, extending educational ties to 25 countries, and achieving full accreditation for all A.C.E. Language Institutes. Core activities have included managing A.C.E. operations nationally, marketing and recruiting internationally, leading community outreach and board development, and setting up strategic relationships worldwide. Clients Woodward has worked with include the Japanese Ministry of Education (MEXT), the Eiken Foundation of Japan, the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Ministry of Education of Korea, the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, the Yemeni Ministry of Oil and Mineral Resources, Sultan Qaboos University, World Learning, AMIDEAST, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Samsung Corporation, Boeing, Microsoft, USAID, EPA, Quality Schools International, Goodman Real Estate, and dozens of major universities and colleges worldwide. He has established contracts for services, branch offices and representative service arrangements with client organizations in Oman, Kazakhstan, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Korea, Australia, and seven U.S. states, as well as managing for-profit and not-for-profit subsidiaries and spin-offs. He has also led in the formation of several key international marketing consortia, and collaborative initiatives across professional disciplines.
Woodward is on the U.S. Secretary of Commerce-appointed District Export Council for Washington State, is a former commissioner for the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, and a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, TESOL, Association of International Education Administrators, the Seattle Rotary Club, the Advisory Council of the Trade Development Alliance of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory Board of the Persian & Iranian Studies Department of the University of Washington, and the Global Business Advisory Board of Seattle University's Albers School of Business and Economics.
*American Cultural Exchange, a 501(c)3 founded in Seattle in 1973
Chief Operating Officer
Paul is responsible for oversight of and support for the A.C.E. Language Institute management team, institute operations and student recruitment. Paul's entire career has been dedicated to international education. From beginning as an ESL instructor in Taiwan in 1982 to opening training programs in Taiwan, China and Vietnam to directing schools and projects around the world, Paul's goal has been to improve educational opportunities for foreign students and to help American institutions source qualified international student applicants. In addition, he has helped develop contract programs for industry training in aviation, business and the nursing/medical fields.
Paul has administered Intensive English programs in China, Taiwan, Vietnam, New York and Seattle over the past thirty years. Additionally, he has designed and implemented teacher-training programs both internationally and domestically. Paul took an active leadership role in developing the Intensive English Program at Saint Francis University and looks forward to developing new initiatives going forward.
Dave Rector, Ed.D.
Senior Director of Enrollment Management and Recruitment
Dave Rector is the Senior Director of Enrollment Services. He comes to us after spending the past 20 years in various positions at South Puget Sound Community College, with the last 14.5 years as Dean of Student Life. Throughout Dave's career, he has been involved with international education, international recruiting and the admissions process.
Dave earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. He has a Master of Business Administration from City University of Seattle. Dave also holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, with a focus on Intercultural Communication, and a Master of Liberal Arts in Pacific Rim Studies from Alaska Pacific University.
As an undergraduate and graduate student Dave had the opportunity to study at the Minzu University of China, in Beijing. He enjoys creating creating opportunities for global interactions and cultural awareness. When not working, his time is spent with family and traveling the world.
Director of the A.C.E. Language Institute at Seattle Pacific University
Tim is originally from Buffalo, New York. He has his M.A. in TESOL and his B.A. in Russian. He studied Russian in the Soviet Union and has lived in Russia. Tim was a faculty member at A.C.E. for seven years before becoming an administrator.
Interim Director of the A.C.E. Language Institute at Montana State University
A native of Bozeman, Paul began his career in the field of ESL when he moved to southern China in 2004. Teaching and working with students who were learning a new language and culture, just as he himself was doing, quickly became a passion for him. This passion took him from the rugged southern city of Guilin in Guangxi to the megalopolis of Beijing, where he spent five years in an exciting variety of work—from executive search, consulting, and government relations to ESL instruction and administration. In 2010, Paul returned to his home town with his family. He has been working with A.C.E. Language Institute at MSU since 2011. He enjoys sharing with his students both his love of Montana and his knowledge of language and culture.