Athens College is Greece’s premier K-12 college preparatory day school and is committed to fostering the harmonious development of students’ intellectual, ethical, and physical capabilities, especially character. More than 4,700 students are divided among its two constituent campuses, located in Athens suburbs of Psychico and Kantza while the overall Athens College brand includes divisions of Athens and Psychico College and the pioneering John M. Carras Kindergarten.
Since its founding in 1925, the College has enhanced the Greek national curriculum with an emphasis on balanced excellence, blending rigorous academics with innovative co-curricular and community service programs. In addition, more than 2,000 lifelong learners from the community access wide-ranging adult education courses each year. The College is operated by the Hellenic American Educational Foundation, an independent nonprofit educational organization, and is governed by a Board of Directors in Greece and a Board of Trustees in the US, both composed of volunteer leaders from their communities.
Established by enlightened Greeks in 1925, Athens College was supported from the start by forward-thinking Americans. The founders’ vision was to establish a school of excellence that served students within the Greek educational system through a rigorous academic education with the added aim of helping each student develop holistically. To accomplish this, best practices were adopted from Greece and abroad. The College today continues to incorporate the best of Greece and the US in its educational program and through its leadership and governance.
For nearly a century, Athens College graduates have globally distinguished themselves and reached the highest echelon in public service, the arts and sciences and business including shipping. The success of its graduates in so many fields and their loyalty to the school allows the College to play a significant role as a beacon of education locally and internationally. College’s mission is to develop responsible global citizens and future leaders, inspired by Hellenic heritage and both American and European liberal values; it is dedicated to helping its students achieve their highest potential and unique aspirations, instilling in them respect for themselves and others, cultivating a sense of civic duty, and exemplifying the highest ethical standards. The College’s aim, through academic excellence and critical thinking, is to inspire and transform students into graduates distinguished by creativity, teamwork and a spirit of discovery.
The President is the chief executive officer of the College and its educational leader. As the academic and managerial head of the College, the President exercises his/her powers and discretion in accordance with the Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees, and the Athens College mission statement. The President works closely with the College’s faculty, staff, and the two Boards.
In addition to the day-to-day responsibilities of running Athens College, the President will have the opportunity to focus on the following strategic initiatives:
Build a more diverse and inclusive student body;
Better prepare students for global citizenship;
Attract talented staff and support faculty development;
Communicate and engage with the world;
Invite supporters to help deliver the College’s promise; and
Partner with exceptional individuals and foundations to inspire our students and the wider College community.
A strong candidate would, ideally, hold an advanced degree and US citizenship. In addition, while no one candidate will excel in every area, strong candidates would be able to demonstrate most of the following:
Visionary leadership, including the ability to anticipate trends in education, technology, and globalization;
Senior level managerial experience, especially in an educational institution and, ideally, in a secondary school;
Proven track record of managing senior teams
Track record of supporting academic excellence;
Ability to raise an institution’s international visibility
Very strong communication skills, especially public speaking and writing;
Ability to represent the College with a variety of audiences around the world;
Deep understanding of and respect for Greek, American, and European history, traditions, and regulatory complexities;
Fluency in English and preferably one other language; command of Greek is a plus;
The highest integrity and ethos (παιδε?α), serving as a role model for students;
Knowledgeable and comfortable with technology
Commitment to serving for a long enough period to have a significant impact;
Knowledge of financial reporting and budgeting;
Track record of raising money or personal traits that would indicate potential to excel in this regard;
Strong interest in participating in social, community and other relevant events; and
High level of comfort in interacting with senior members of the Greek government and high profile global or local personalities.