ISS Announces Leadership Changes in Asia-Pacific Office

Princeton, NJ, USA (March 15, 2019) – International Schools Services (ISS) will change its leadership structure in the Asia Pacific Office, effective in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Dr. Dale Cox will step down from the ISS Vice-President, Asia Pacific role to assume a faculty position at Utah Valley University in the U.S., where he will help create a new graduate program in educational leadership. Beyond the professional opportunity, the move allows Cox to return to his former hometown, near his children and grandchildren. Liz Duffy, President of ISS, commented, “I have deep respect for Dale as an educator and as a person. Under his leadership, the ISS AP Office has flourished and we are so grateful for all of his contributions. Thankfully, in international education, connections transcend time and place, so I know Dale will remain a valued friend and partner to ISS.” While at Utah Valley University, Cox anticipates continuing his relationship with the ISS Asia Pacific Office as a board member and advisor in support of ISS’s schools in the region.

Greg Smith, Head of School at Shekou International School (SIS), Shenzhen, China, will assume the leadership role for the ISS Asia-Pacific Office when Dr. Cox steps down. Smith will also continue to serve as Head of School for SIS. “Over the past year, Greg has solidified our efforts in the Asia-Pacific area, built relationships, and led some impressive initiatives at SIS,” said Duffy. “His dual role will benefit SIS, the ISS Asia Pacific Office, and most importantly the communities we serve in Shenzhen, China and the greater Asia Pacific region.” To support these changes, a Deputy Head of School will be added to SIS’s administrative team, starting in the 2020-2021 school year. For the 2019-2020 school year, Bob Stearns, who previously served as interim Head of School for SIS, will become interim Deputy Head of School, ensuring that the transition to this new leadership structure is seamless.

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