Busan International Foreign School is governed by a 10-member volunteer Board of Governors drawn from diverse cultural and business backgrounds. It is owned by the BIFS Association of Parents, and managed by the Board of Governors. The parents or guardians of every student in the school are automatically members of the Association. Board members, comprising of parents and members of the international community are elected by the parents to work in partnership with the BIFS administration to ensure a world-class education for every student.
The Board is comprised of a chair, treasurer, secretary, four parent representatives and three non-parent representatives. The Board of Governors and its various committees meet frequently to discuss issues touching on a full range of school concerns, including educational operations, facilities, and finance. The Board continuously develops policies and procedures to effectively guide the school’s administration, staff, and faculty. Board committees are established to research and prepare policy recommendations.
The School’s Board of Governors meets each month, normally on the 3rd Thursday, although meeting dates are flexible to accommodate the school schedule as well as the schedules of the Board members. In addition to the general board meetings, the Board of Governors can meet in an Executive Session to address sensitive issues. All members can also share in committee and subcommittee meetings. Ordinarily, minutes from each meeting are posted after being approved at the following meeting.
School Board Members
Jeffrey Harrison, Chair
Harald Keil, Secretary
Jan Benggaard, Treasurer
Members of the school community are encouraged to stand for Board membership and to also nominate suitable candidates for the non-parent positions. Board members are often outstanding members of the community who may also have financial, business, or educational experience that they can bring to the school. Being a Board member is a voluntary position, for which there is no salary. It is a demanding role but ultimately very satisfying and rewarding.
The BIFS Board of Governors may be contacted through the Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org.