Welcome Message from the Executive Director

Dear Colleagues:

The exciting news is the appointment of Ed Greene PHD, headmaster of the International School of Amsterdam to be the new Executive Director of EARCOS. Welcome to Ed, who will assume responsibilities mid March of 2019. Transition planning is well underway. A huge thanks to Margaret Alvarez, the President of EARCOS, and board members for their leadership during the process. They will have a super team!

As many of you know, we co-hosted the 3rd Annual Institute on Higher Education Admissions and Guidance in Bangkok, Thailand with our colleagues at the Council of International School. The Institute convened at the end of September and the EARCOS Leadership Conference quickly followed it at the end of October.

The Institute connected schools and higher education communities and provided a forum for students and parents to explore programs of over 176 universities from around the world. Those participating commented on the purposeful dialogue and networking opportunities, which were made available through attendance at the conference and most plan to attend again next year. (see article on page 6)

The 2017 EARCOS Leadership Conference (ELC) had 1200 registered delegates! Our return to the Shangri-La, Bangkok, Thailand provided an excellent venue for the 49th EARCOS Leadership Conference and a historical event that will be remembered for years to come. Khun Usa of International Schoool Bangkok gave a memorable overview of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej who was to be cremated on that day. Khun Usa led a minute of silence for all delegates to pay homage and respect to this beloved leader of Thailand for 70 Years. (see the article on page 2)

Welcome to the newly elected EARCOS board members Kevin Baker, head of Busan International Foreign School from South Korea and Laurie McLellan director of the Nanjing International School. Thanks go to our EARCOS school heads that attended the AGM on October 27, 2017.

The EARCOS Teachers’ Conference is scheduled for March 29-31,2018 at the Shangri-La hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. Keynoters are Chip Donahue, Norman Kunc and Pernille Ripp. We appreciate the hard work of the ETC teacher representatives who help coordinate registration and on-site logistics. We need and appreciate your support!

I look forward to seeing many of you in the next few months while visiting schools and attending various conferences and recruiting fairs. Please check www.earcos.org and Dr. K on the road. I have visited 20 schools thus far this year. We are here to serve you! HOPE you had a great holiday break.


Dick Krajczar
Executive Director

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