“The final test of a leader is that they leave behind them in other men and women the conviction and the will to carry on. . . “ Walter Lippmann
Dear American International School of Monrovia Community Members,
As you are most likely aware, in December of 2017, my wife and I accepted our optional contract extension, which will allow me to remain at the helm of the American International School of Monrovia to continue to lead our fantastic school community through July 2020.
This additional year will also provide me with the opportunity to work with our Board of Trustees, both this academic year, and during the 2019-2020 School Year, to help create a seamless succession plan for the Director role here at the American International School of Monrovia. It is clear that the Board has an extremely consequential decision to make, and I wanted to be able to provide the Board with the needed critical support to make that decision.
Since October 2018, the Board of Trustees has taken 100% of this Governance role under their belt, and they have been working tirelessly (in a volunteer role) to help identify and recruit a school Director who will successfully lead AISM into the third decade of our new century.
In October, the Board contracted and began working with International Schools Services (ISS), a well-known and experienced recruitment agency. In fact, ISS is the very same agency that assisted AISM in identifying me as a potential Director in 2012. They felt that I had a skill set that would help guide our school, and bring it up to International Accredited Standards, which was accomplished in 2016.
Today, ISS is once again working directly with the Board of Trustees. They have very qualified consultants who have the expertise (along with an ample amount of time) to help assist the Board in finding the best Director for our community come July 2020.
To that end, as announced at our open Board meeting last Wednesday, the Board has identified three potential candidates to take the helm of AISM for the 2020 School Year. Those three candidates will be coming to Monrovia next week. They will be in Monrovia and at AISM on May 15th, 16th and 17th. The Board is presently finalizing their schedule, and will send details on the candidates’ visit in the next few days.
As the Director of the American International School of Monrovia, I am (and indeed, as a community we all are) very fortunate to have THE BEST OF THE BEST! I have the honor of working with a positive and supportive parent community, top-caliber professional educators, and a support staff unequaled to any school that I have worked in over the last 26 years.
Whoever the Board selects as the 2020 Director Appointee of the American International School of Monrovia, both the Board of Trustees and I understand that we must use our transitional year, not only to have a great succession plan in place, but also to ensure the Director Appointee will have all the knowledge and skills needed to provide a long lasting degree of success to our students, faculty, staff and families of the American International School of Monrovia.
I look forward to seeing you next week, when our three Director candidates are on our historic school site, giving all stakeholders the opportunity to meet with them personally.
Have a great week! As you can see, next week will be both a busy and vital one!