Board of Governors


The International School of Busan is governed by a 10-member volunteer Board of Governors drawn from diverse cultural and business backgrounds. It is owned by the ISB 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 ISB 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. 

School Board Members


Paul Edwards, Chairperson
Anders Gammelsæter, Treasurer
Dan Gedacht, Secretary

Parent Members

Joel Theut
Vanita O’Neal
Amber Kneen

Non-Parent Members

Mike Conforme
Sophia Kim
Jeffrey Harrison

Head of School

Simon McCloskey, Ex Officio Board Member

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 Board of Governors may be contacted through the Chairman at