Monday, August 17, 2020

Dear CAC Community,

On behalf of the CAC Board of Trustees, I would like to welcome new and returning community members to the 2020-2021 academic school year. Our campus has been “in waiting” for the past 5 months in anticipation of this day. The grass is greener and our buildings and hallways are glistening as CAC faculty, administrators and staff have been working ever so diligently and passionately in preparation for our safe re-opening tomorrow, August 18th. A heartfelt welcome to our 779 students and a special welcome to our 139 new students and 104 new families. Our student body represents a diverse background of 21 different nationalities. A very warm welcome to all our returning faculty and our 17 new faculty members that are joining our school community this year. I am excited to welcome you all to our vibrant CAC family and look forward to speaking with you and getting to know you. We can’t wait for you to experience the warmth of our CAC community.

On Friday August 14, 2020 we witnessed a magnificent and emotional closure to the 2019-2020 school year for the class of 2020 as they celebrated the end of their CAC educational journey in a modified ceremony at the foot of the pyramids. The seniors of the class of 2020 have experienced a senior year that is nothing like what they had anticipated or envisioned having been deprived of most rituals, celebrations and rites of passage. As I witnessed them walk across the stage on Friday and experience closure with grace and elegance, I am ever more certain that these young women and men are ready to take the world by storm. They are resilient, determined and strong-minded. They are the best of CAC. Congratulations to the class of 2020! I can’t wait to see you change the world. 

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 in board work are essential to the well-being of this school. 

The board works in a committee structure and holds full board meetings which are open to the community. During our open board meetings, 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 September 29th at 6 pm. You are welcome to join us and your contribution is highly appreciated. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank departing board members Mark Avery and David Burgess for their invaluable service in the past few years. They have been great assets to the board. We will miss them greatly and wish them all the best in their future endeavors. 

CAC has been my home since I arrived in Egypt in 2004. I am a proud parent of 3 kids who are now CAC alumni graduating in 2008, 2019, and 2020 and we are grateful to call this warm, resilient, and loving community our family. I am honored to be serving my third year as CAC board chair and the AUC representative to the CAC Board of Trustees. I look forward to getting to know each of you, and working with all of you in service of our beloved CAC.


Maha ElShinnawy 
CAC Board Chair

2020-2021 CAC Board Members: Hassan Abdou (community rep), Randall Budden (U.S. Embassy rep), Maha ElShinnawy (AUC rep and Board Chair), Nawal Gamal (Executive Assistant), Ursula Hammerich (community rep and Board Secretary), Jared Harris (Head of School), Sam Levin (NAMRU rep), David Li (Apache rep), May Oweiss (appointed rep and Board Treasurer), Amal Soliman (community rep), TBD (BP rep), Tarek Zaghloul (appointed rep), Marwan Ziwar (community rep).

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