Dr. Sarac founded VIU in 1998 with the vision of offering students from all over the world the access to higher education. Dr. Sarac has been considered a visionary in his field. As a talented educator, lecturer, publisher, and leader, Dr. Sarac contributes decades of accomplishments and experiences to the ongoing success of Virginia International University.
Dr. Sarac holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Ege University in Izmir, Turkey. Upon earning his undergraduate degree in 1972, Dr. Sarac went on to earn a Master of Science in Statistics and Computing from Ege University in 1980 and a PhD in Multivariate Statistics & Econometrics from Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey, in 1984.
Dr. Sarac has been professionally involved in the field of higher education for most of his life. As a true champion of education, his extensive teaching and lecturing career spans more than 40 years. Dr. Sarac’s career includes serving as a mathematical instructor and as a lecturer at several universities in Turkey. Dr. Sarac taught subjects in the fields of mathematics, statistics, biomedical statistics, economectrics, mathematical analysis, variance analysis, and differential equations.
In addition to teaching at the university level, Dr. Sarac can be regarded as a researcher as well. He has published books and magazines worldwide on subjects related to mathematics and mathematical statistics.
In 1990, Dr. Sarac relocated to London, UK where he opened an education and publishing company. Simultaneously, Dr. Sarac founded and served as the principal of the London Meridian College. During this time, he also served as an education consultant and conducted research on multivariate statistical methods in the Mathematics Department of the University of Warwick, located in Coventry, UK.
In 1998, Virginia International University opened its doors in Fairfax, Virginia, under the leadership of Dr. Isa Sarac. Driven by his vision, VIU has expanded its facilities, programs and it has built a truly diverse community of talented staff, faculty and students who share their unique experiences and perspectives with each other. Thanks to Dr. Sarac’s leadership and determination, Virginia International University has become a destination for people from around the world who look forward to quality education, career advancement, in addition to a warm and supportive environment.
Dr. Sarac lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with his wife and three kids.
Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management
In 2001, he received his diploma in software engineering and since then has worked with web application development and system maintenance.
He completed his Master of Business Studies (MBS) in 2003 from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, and in December 2008 he received his master (MIS) degree in information system from Virginia International University.
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness
Christina L. Koonts was born and raised in Fauquier County, Virginia. Upon graduating from Fauquier High School in 2003, Christina made the move to Newport News, Virginia to attend Christopher Newport University for her undergraduate education, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2007 with minors in philosophy and religious studies as well as sociology.
After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, Christina returned to the Northern Virginia area and began work at Virginia International University. She enrolled in George Mason University’s Graduate program in political science in the fall of 2008. Christina pursued and graduated with a Master of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations in December of 2010. Christina’s research interests throughout her educational career included economic development, comparative politics, and humanitarian policy. Christina currently works as VIU’s Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness, and resides in her hometown of Fauquier County with her husband, two children, and a yellow lab named Marley.
Associate Vice President of University Outreach and Communications
Deborah Brent joined Virginia International University (VIU) as an Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing on January 4, 2017. Since joining VIU, her position has evolved to Associate Vice President of University Outreach and Communications concentrating on community relations, local and online program marketing efforts, public relations, and communications for the university. The University Outreach and Communications team is comprised of Community Relations Coordinators and Multimedia Assistants. Deborah enjoys utilizing her communications expertise to advance the mission of VIU in the community.
Deborah’s 23-year career in higher education began as a Director of Admissions for such companies as TriState Travel School in Cincinnati, OH; Career Education Corporation colleges in Vienna, VA and Boston, MA; The New England Institute of Art in Brookline, MA; and a Corinthian, Inc. college campus in McLean, VA. Deborah advanced to campus operations where she worked as a Campus Director for National Massage Therapy Institute in Falls Church, VA and joined ITT Technical Institute as the College Director of the Chantilly, VA campus. While with ITT Technical Institute, Deborah was awarded College Director of the Year in 2010 and led the Chantilly, VA campus to numerous recognitions for top performance.
Deborah was promoted to the District Manager-Southeast Region position with ITT Technical Institute where she had managerial oversight of 12 college campuses located in Florida, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She spearheaded ITT Technical Institutes’ inclusion in the President’s Campus Challenge on Interfaith and Community Service Program where she represented the college system’s program participation at The White House and had the honor to present at two annual conferences sponsored by the US Department of Education. Deborah was elected to serve three terms as secretary/treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Career College Association. Per her notable accomplishments, Deborah was a featured presenter on a Biz Summit’s webinar on “Elevating Performance Metrics through Performance Management” in 2013 and presented at a SCHEV conference in Richmond, VA regarding “Admissions and Compliance Standards.” Based on her deep belief in the importance of post-secondary education, Deborah feels her greatest reward over the years is seeing the success of her students that achieve both their educational and career aspirations.
Deborah Brent received her MA in International Communications from The American University, Washington, D.C. and her BSC in Telecommunications from Ohio University, Athens, OH.
Associate Vice President of Budget and Planning
Ms. Bondarenko joined the university in 2011 after she earned an MBA in International Business from VIU. Before she came to the US as an international student, Ms. Bondarenko graduated from Moscow University for the Humanities with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and gained experience in international business and communications at multinational tourism and advertising corporations in Moscow, Russia.
Ms. Bondarenko is actively involved in the VIU Alumni Association to help graduates succeed in their careers and build a network. Ms. Bondarenko is fluent in English and Russian. She is passionate about dance and photography.
Chief of Staff
Camilla Nunes is the Chief of Staff at Virginia International University. She holds a Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from VIU and three Bachelor of Arts degrees: Translation, English, and Portuguese, from the Federal University of Ouro Preto in Brazil.
While still in college, she was always involved in educational activities on and off campus, either conducting research in the fields of students’ perspectives and teachers’ professional development or developing curriculum for several programs. She has also advised and tutored students while working as teaching assistant. Since 2005, Camilla has been working as teacher and curriculum developer for different institutions. In 2014, she joined VIU as a Curriculum Coordinator; performing research, developing programs, assisting faculty, and improving instructional resources. Camilla also coordinates the scholarship program.
She speaks Portuguese as her native language, and she has knowledge of elementary Spanish.
Director of Operations, Facilities and Property
Bayarjargal Battulga joined Virginia International University as an Operations, Facilities and Property Manager in August 2015 and was promoted to Director of Operations, Facilities and Property Management in June 2016. In this role, he provides direction, oversight and operation management for facilities and property maintenance; campus development and construction; campus security; transportation and parking; information services; and food service. Additionally, Mr. Battulga provides general accounting support to the university subsidiary entity.
Previously, Mr. Battulga was the Financial Manager at Hera Equipment LLC, a heavy duty equipment sales and service company in Mongolia. Prior to joining Hera Equipment LLC, he worked as a Financial Controller for TWB Drilling Ltd, a multinational core drilling company in the mining industry.
Mr. Battulga earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the National University of Mongolia, School of Economic Studies and his MBA degree in International Finance from Virginia International University.
Director of Human Resources
Rebecca Yu graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Cognitive Science. Since 2002, Rebecca has been creating and managing human resources departments for educational institutions, start-ups, and small business federal contractors. Rebecca recently retired from coaching volleyball after 14 years and is enjoying spending her free time with her family and pursuing personal interests such as web design, writing, interior design, and cooking.