CAG Board of Trustees

The American School of Guatemala is an independent, non-profit, non-denominational, college preparatory institution that offers an excellent academic program modeled after the best educational practices and methodologies in global education. The School is founded on the principles of a co-educational, bi-cultural (Guatemala-United States), bilingual (Spanish-English) program.  It serves the Guatemalan community and other families who value a holistic approach to education. Respect for religious, political, social, and cultural diversity is a fundamental part of the school’s identity.

The School is fully accredited in the U.S. by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools and is recognized by the Guatemalan Ministry of Education as a Laboratory School. As a member of the Grupo Educativo Del Valle, the School is actively committed to the development of education in Guatemala.   

As a non-profit organization, the American School of Guatemala is governed by a Board of Trustees serve the school as volunteers, and represent the various stakeholders of the institution.   

The Role of the Board

The CAG Board of Trustees stewards the mission and purpose of our school.

The strategic role of the Board at the American School of Guatemala lies within, but may not be limited to, the following;

  • to safeguard the school's mission and vision and to monitor its strategic goals;
  • to develop and implement long term strategic plans, in congruency with the Foundation of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala vision;
  • to establish policies for the effective governance and administration of the School, taking into consideration the implications that these may have in the Foundation and/or the entities that this sponsor;
  • to select the School's General Director and propose his/her hiring to the Foundation of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala for ratification;
  • to ensure the financial autonomy and solvency of the School and maintain its financial sustainability.

Meet the CAG Board

Top: Daniel Cottone, Enrique Novella, Peter Giesemann, Miguel Fernández

Bottom: Maureen Pennington de Riojas, Sofía Papahiu, Cynthia Del Águila, Tania Azurdia de Zedán, Patricia Lee Marshall (ex-oficio)

Missing: Alejandro PemuellerInés Torrebiarte de Bolaños  

Principles of Good Practice

The American School of Guatemala aligns itself with the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Principles of Good Practice for Board of Trustees for non-profit independent day schools. The PGPs define high standards and ethical behavior in key areas of independent school operations. Click here for the embodiment of these PGPs.

Trustee Day 19-20

CAG Trustees experienced a 'Day in the life' of a CAG student. 

The role of a trustee

CAG Trustees are advocates for the school; they actively support, evaluate, and hold accountable the General Director, keep well informed about the school’s current operations, challenges, and goals, and regularly attend and contribute meaningfully to Board and Committee meetings. 

It is not the duty of a trustee nor of the collective Board of Trustees to operate the school, nor to evaluate, hire or fire faculty, staff, or administrators. 

Board Committees

The Board of Trustees oversees a number of standing committees, which are made up of both trustees and community members (ad-hoc members) who are not trustees.

Standing Committees have a continuing duty to review and deal with issues as per the following objectives:

  • The Policy Committee works to ensure that policies are in place to execute strategy and mitigating risk to the school.
  • The Finance Committee supervises, analyzes, and makes recommendations to the Board about the current and future financial status and well-being of the School.  
  • The Property Plant and Transportation (PPT) Committee oversees the strategy of maintenance plans for facilities and new constructions, and the overall effectiveness of the resources of the transportation and third-party services.
  • The Trustee Development and Governance Committee aligns the strategic needs of the Board with the profile of its members. Advises the Board on its need for professional development. Is responsible for trustee induction. Advises the Board on best governance practices and Committee charters. 
  • The Advancement Committee is to support a network of stakeholders who actively receive the benefits of the School´s mission and value proposition, in sustaining a positive school spirit and a culture of philanthropy.   
  • The Education Committee provides reliable, consistent, and strategic stewardship of:
    • the health of the school’s educational program; 

    • the fulfillment of school mission and vision;

    • educational learning agenda of the board, specific to the educational program and/or trends in education.

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