August 29, 2018
Dear CAC Community,
On behalf of the CAC Board of Trustees, I would like to welcome new and returning community members to what promises to be an excellent 2018 -2019 academic school year. A heartfelt welcome to our 155 new students and 110 new families from a diverse background of 22 different nationalities and a warm welcome to the 15 new faculty members joining our school community. I am excited to welcome you all to our vibrant CAC family and look forward to speaking with you and getting to know you at our monthly open board meetings or any time on the CAC campus.
With a turbulent recent history, we are particularly thankful that we are bearing witness to a period of stability both inside and outside the walls of CAC. Egypt’s economic revival, political stability, and the global endorsement of a positive outlook for the coming years, gives the CAC board confidence in our efforts to map our path and long term plans for the future. Within the walls of CAC, we are encouraged this year by higher enrollment numbers, and lower turnover rates in all aspects of school life, such as, students, faculty, families, administrators and board membership. These are all good indicators for greater stability and a more peaceful, and prosperous school year ahead.
We are particularly proud of our alumni who are the CAC ambassadors to the rest of the world. The 2018 graduating class will receive a total of $2.5 million in scholarships, 80% of graduating seniors were accepted to one of their top 3 university choices, and 5 of our full IB diploma students scored 40 or above on their IB exams. These results are to be celebrated and are our best numbers yet.
Safety continues to be a board priority and a work-in-progress. We conducted a full and comprehensive safety review with over 3000 hours of training for our staff. We continue to work on supporting and endorsing a culture of safety with daily spot checks. We are also planning a safety audit to support the continued application of safety training in the coming months.
Phase III of the Master Plan and the high school renovation project is another area of board priority. Despite a very difficult and complex start to the project, we were able to make some significant progress this past summer with the active involvement of our parent community. Our goal is to have the High School renovation project completed prior to the end of this school year.
The CAC Board of Trustees has a strategic and long term focus. We are here to serve you by safeguarding the school’s Mission and securing the necessary resources to continue CAC’s tradition of excellence. While the daily operation of the school rests in the capable hands of our principals and administration team lead by the Head of School, the Board of Trustees has an eye towards the future. To pave this road, the board requires strong leadership, vision, planning, and teamwork. The board can only be successful with your support. Your interest and involvement are essential to the well-being of this school.
The board works in a committee structure and holds monthly meetings which are open to the community. During our open board meetings, all members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend to listen to board deliberations, make inquiries, raise concerns or provide us with comments. Our first board meeting is on October 3rd at 6 pm. You are welcome to join us and your contribution would be highly appreciated.
During this special year the board looks forward to working with our current Head of School, Mr. Wayne Rutherford who is serving his seventh and final year at CAC, and as we create a smooth transition plan for Dr. Jared Harris who was selected to serve as Head of School commencing the academic year 2019-2020. We have much to do, many important projects and endeavors to complete under Wayne’s leadership and we feel blessed and grateful that we have an extremely capable Head of School-elect who is here with us for this entire transition year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the departing board members: Chris Dermody, Ghada Hammouda, and Sean Murphy for their invaluable service in the past few years and welcome our two new trustees: Ken Oldham and Tarek Zaghloul to our team.
CAC has been my home since I came to Cairo in 2004. I have 3 kids, one an alum of CAC who graduated in 2008 and two who are currently a junior and senior in the High School. We have always been proud to be a part of this warm, resilient, and loving community. I have previously served as CAC board chair for 2 years and I’m honored to be elected into this role once again. As a professor at the American University in Cairo, I have been the AUC representative to the board for the last 10 years. I look forward to getting to know each of you, and working with all of you for the service and good of CAC.
CAC Board Chair
2018-2019 CAC Board Members: John Bruno (Apache rep), David Burgess (BP rep), Karim Kamel (community rep), Wayne A. McDuffy (US Embassy rep), Ken Oldham (Community rep), May Oweiss (Community rep), Dalia Radwan (Appointed rep), Andrew F. Vaughn (NAMRU rep), Tarek Zaghloul (Community Rep).