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Board of Trustees

  • Donald J. Selinger, Chairman
  • Imad Taher '58, Vice Chairman
  • John Khabbaz, Treasurer
  • William H. Turner, Assistant Treasurer
  • Bayard Dodge, Secretary
  • Gerrit Keator, Assistant Secretary
  • Richard Ward, Secretary
  • Elizabeth (Lizzie) Adelman
  • Selim A. Bassoul
  • Wael O. Bayazid '70
  • Jonathan (Jon) A. Conner
  • Frederik O. Crawford
  • Walid Daouk '76
  • T.M. (Mac) Deford
  • Amal A. Ghandour
  • Keith Gillespie
  • Yusuf A. Kan'an '71
  • Marwan A. Marshi '79
  • Safwan Masri
  • John G. McCarthy, Jr.
  • Chris McGrath
  • Maher Mikati ’98
  • Karim Noueihed '98 (Ex-Officio)
  • Mirna B. Noujaim
  • Ian Reed
  • Matthew A. Reynolds
  • Mutaz Sawaf '69
  • Talal K. Shair '83
  • Issam Shammas '63
  • Dr. Rabih Shibli
  • Maya Tohme (Nassar)

Trustees Emeriti

  • Makram N. Alamuddin '61
  • Anwar Al Mulla '63
  • Mohamad S. H. Al Soleiman '59
  • Khalid Al-Turki '61
  • Mona Bawarshi '67
  • Said S. Darwazah '76
  • Peter H. Gerard
  • Anthony Jones
  • Thomas W.
  • Aida Reed (Luce)

IC's Board of Trustees comprises 33 members, understands and executes their governance responsibilities by focusing on long-term strategic priorities and ensuring sufficient financial resources to fulfill the school's mission.

The long length of service and historical connection to the school of the board members ensure the school's guiding statements are important leading drivers in every aspect of school life.

The Board's governance structure relies on an active and effective committee structure where standing or ad hoc committees accept responsibility for conducting detailed investigations and/or submitting recommendations to the full Board. The Board's diverse and self-perpetuating membership structure and compliance with good governance practices have served the school effectively since its inception.  Committees include Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Committee to the Board, Buildings and Grounds Committee, Government Relations Committee, Audit Committee, Development Committee, Education Policy Committee, Investment Committee, and Ad Hoc Committees or Task Forces.

The Board delegates management and day-to-day operations to the president, the administration, and the professional teaching faculty. The relationship between the Board and the school president is based on mutual respect. This is mainly due to an explicit agreement on governance and operations' distinct roles and responsibilities clearly articulated in the Board of Trustees Policy Manual. And thus, the Board holds the president responsible for the administration of its policies, the execution of the Board's decisions, the operation of the internal mechanisms designed to serve the school programs, and keeping the Board informed about school operations and problems. In addition, the Board expects the president to make timely recommendations on all relevant matters.

Experienced and knowledgeable leadership at the trustee level has ensured that the separation of governance and operations are respected. The Board supports the president, promotes his professional development, avoids second-guessing operational and personnel decisions, and recognizes that the Board supervises only one employee, the head of the school.

The Board of Trustees considers policy development and fiduciary responsibilities its primary function. Policies are the results of planning and evaluations that govern the functioning of the Board of Trustees and serve as guidelines for the president's action. Policies also communicate the school's philosophy, aims, and Board decisions to the community, employees, and students. 

The Guiding Statements, aligned with the CIS Code of Ethics, serve as the basis for all decisions made by the IC Board and school administration.

The Board ensures the financial stability of IC through sound strategic financial planning and monitoring of the annual budgets. Other responsibilities of the Board include providing overall guidance for the plans, directions, and goals of the school, establishing the mission and vision of the school, planning strategies to ensure the viability of the school, employing, evaluating, and supporting the president of the school, monitoring the work and effectiveness of the educational program, guiding the school administration with major construction projects, approving the annual operating budget, evaluating itself yearly, orienting new members, undergoing Board training, and participating positively in fundraising campaigns. 

New Board members are chosen based on particular talent or expertise needed by the Board for a particular committee, demonstrate an interest in  IC,  can and will give the necessary time and effort to attend all regular and executive meetings as well as committee meetings,  possesses two of the "3 W's": wisdom, work, and wealth and have the ability to support the Annual Fund and other fundraising endeavors and to encourage the participation of others through personal contacts within the IC community.

Members of the Board receive no remuneration or reimbursement for their roles.