CCIE – California Colleges for International Education

Ray Vernon 1948-2022

It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of Ray Vernon, founder of Accent Global Learning.
For over three decades, Ray was more than an innovative leader in the field of international higher education, he was a changemaker. His conviction for the value of a global education created not only one of the most reputable education abroad organizations in Europe, but one of the most unique in its mission: to meet each partner’s institutional objectives and to respond to the ever-changing needs of U.S. students with experiential, impactful, and university-branded education abroad programs. Since Accent’s founding, the lives of more than 70,000 students have been touched by Ray’s vision and passion. Each of these programs and partnerships are built on long-standing relationships and profound trust. Ray treasured his close relationships with colleagues in the field of international education. Ray’s endless energy and curiosity inspired students, faculty, administrators, and Accent colleagues to expand horizons, take risks, and to continually explore new opportunities in education. His kindness and humanity touched everyone he met. He cared deeply for the personal well-being and professional development of each member of the Accent team. Ray’s deep understanding of and appreciation for the value of a global education continues to inspire all of us at Accent to fulfill his mission.