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Board of Directors

The Anglo-American School is a not for profit organisation that is governed by a Board of Directors that are all volunteers. The Board develops policies, financial guidelines, and long-term strategic plans.

It entrusts leadership and management-related issues to the Director who, in turn, works with faculty and staff to implement the best educational program possible within the parameters provided by the Board.

There are nine voting members of the School Board. The American Ambassador appoints four board members including the Chairperson. The British Ambassador appoints four Board members including the Vice-Chairperson. The elected Parent Teacher Organization President is the ninth board member. Ex-officio and non-voting members of the school board are the Director of the School, the Business Manager, and an elected Staff Representative. The Board reflects the diversity we have in our community and includes a number of parents at the school.

Each person brings different types of expertise to their role as a Board member (management, policy, finance, diplomatic, marketing etc.) and serve on Board Committees as well as attending the monthly meeting of the whole Board. 


Board Goals 2018-19

  • Complete the Phase IV project in line with agreed scope, time and budget. (Spring 2019)
  • Update facilities use policy to reflect the use of the new facilities, in particular beyond school programming. (Spring 2019)
  • Support a smooth transition to the new Director. (Ongoing)
  • Review and update the Vision Statement to embed transparency into Board and School operations. (Fall 2018)
  • Review and update the Master Plan for the school’s long term development and financial health. (Spring 2019)
  • Develop a vision and strategy for generation and use of fundraising resources. (Winter 2019)
  • Develop a policy for board member tenure. (Winter 2019)
  • Support the School leadership to refine and use a set of regular operational, financial and educational performance metrics to support school leadership and board decision-making. (Fall 2018)
  • With the goal of more effective and efficient Board meetings, refine agendas and procedures to allow more space for generative discussion (Fall 2018)

Director's Goals 2018-19

  • Complete Phase IV, transition programs as well as Marketing, Communications and Admissions to the Arts & Design Centre. (Spring 2019)
  • Develop policy and procedures outlining community use (the AAS community and broader Sofia community) of the Arts & Design Centre. This needs to be compliant with LEED requirements for community use. (Winter 2019)
  • Develop a three-year plan to maintain the School’s position as the premier international school in Sofia. (Winter 2019)
  • Ensure AAS is fully on the path to and up-to-date with GDPR compliance. (Winter 2019)
  • Refine and update the dashboard with a set of regular operational, financial and educational performance metrics to support school and board decision-making. (Fall 2018)
  • Support a smooth transition to the new Director. (Ongoing)
  • Complete and submit the five year IBDP authorization report and maintain AAS’ good standing to offer the IBDP program. (Fall 2018)
  • Complete and submit the CIS / NEASC two year accreditation report and maintain AAS’ good standing as an accredited school. (Spring 2019)
  • Confirm and consolidate the HR Handbook. (Winter 2019)
  • Support the board in their established goals. (Ongoing)
  • Stay fit and healthy, maintaining work-life balance (Ongoing)

Board Members

  • Justin Friedman - Chairperson
  • Lynne Charles  - Vice-Chair
  • Andy French
  • Boni Bonev
  • Stanimira Dimitrova
  • Nora Georgieva
  • Mathew Hagengruber
  • Marc Nordberg
  • Aliki Stavrou - PTO President


  • Tim Fries - AAS Director
  • Marchella Ignatova - Business Manager
  • Gary Foster - Staff Representative