- Author, editor, or contributing author of 168 articles, books, journal columns, and workshop reports, the last of which was published in Spring 2011
- Conducted educational research and/or credential evaluation workshops in 25 countries
- Only non-European ever elected to the EAIE Executive Board
James Frey has a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Latin and History and a minor in Greek, and a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling, both from Marquette University, and a Doctor of Education degree in Higher Education from Indiana University-Bloomington.
Jim was an evaluator of foreign educational credentials from 25 September 1961 to 6 January 2012, (a span of 50 years, 3 months, and 12 days). He worked at three U.S. universities (Marquette, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Indiana), one governmental agency (Fulbright-Japan), and two private non-profit corporations: World Education Services, Inc. [WES] and Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. [ECE].
Jim’s first article was published by the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (now known as NAFSA: Association of International Educators) in December 1965. Since then he was the author, editor, or contributing author of 168 articles, books, journal columns, and workshop reports, the last of which was published in Spring 2011, plus 130 issues of the ECE Electronic Newsletter.
During his career, Jim conducted educational research and/or credential evaluation workshops in 25 countries. He acquired an extensive collection of foreign language dictionaries that enabled him to read educational credentials and related printed materials in 38 languages.
Jim held a large number and variety of positions within NAFSA: Association of International Educators, AACRAO [American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers] and EAIE [European Association for International Education]. He was the first non-European elected to the board of the Admissions Officers and Credential Evaluators [ACE] professional section of EAIE, and he is the only non-European ever elected to the EAIE Executive Board.
Jim received the Homer Higbee Award for significant, distinguished, and continuous service from NAFSA: Association of International Educators, in May 1991. He received a Certificate of Appreciation for Years of Service and Contributions from the Wisconsin Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (WACRAO), in November 2006. He was the second recipient of the AACRAO Award for Excellence in International Education, in May 2007. He was the first recipient of the EAIE President’s Award for distinguished service, in September 2008. He received life membership in NAFSA in June 2011. He was selected for inclusion in eleven Who’s Who publications (fifteen editions).
In April 2013, Jim received the Marquette University College of Education Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology Achievement Award.