June 12, 2019
Dear CAC Community,
At the end of each academic year, as is the case in many international schools around the world, we are overcome with mixed emotions of: sadness as many of our dear friends depart Cairo and CAC - and joy as we reflect proudly on our accomplishments for the year.
As we witness the class of 2019 walk across the stage on Friday June 14th, 2019 in one of the most spectacular backdrops for a graduation in the world - at the foot of the pyramids and the sphinx - I can’t help but ponder what effect CAC has had on their lives. These fine young men and women are a reflection of the best of CAC.
The board, on a daily basis, ensures that its work is student-centered and mission-focused. Student learning is our core business and the success of our graduates is perhaps one of our most prized accomplishments. We believe that CAC has an important role to play in the success of our students: enabling them to find their voice while respecting and listening to the opinion of others, learning how to lead and work in teams, questioning the obvious while having the curiosity and passion to solve problems that will make a difference in the world, and learning to respect diversity and function as global citizens of the world. The board is committed to the development of the whole child and the continued growth of a rich and varied co-curricular program encouraging student engagement in community service, sports, theater, music, art, academic games, MUN, among many other things. The board expresses its sincere congratulations to our seniors. The class of 2019 has been special and we will miss them. We wish them well as they move on to spread the CAC ethos across the world. We are certain that they will inspire others with their Compassion, Integrity, Creativity, Responsibility, Respect, Courage and Perseverance – CAC’s Core Values.
This year the board has been busy balancing its time between solving some long standing issues while also keeping its eye on planning for the strategic future of CAC. The board believes that we have successfully tackled our goals for the year. Most notably, the Board has spent countless hours and effort helping the administration resolve complex issues with respect to phase III and the high school renovation project. My gratitude goes to the Facilities Committee and the administration who have worked tirelessly to make that happen. We have a new committed team to complete the high school renovation project with Hassan Allam and Sons as our contractor, COSMOS as our consultant and a new CAC project management team lead by Eng. Adel ElShazly. Significant progress in Phase III of the High School renovation will enable us to complete this project and take pride in a state of the art educational facility.
The transition to a new Head of School was another pertinent board goal. Wayne Rutherford has served as Head of School for the past 7 years and will be moving on to a new position in Italy. Under Wayne’s leadership, CAC has remained financially stable despite the turmoil in the economic and political environment; CAC has continued to excel in its academic performance as evidenced by the results of MAP and SAT scores and college acceptances by the class of 2019; Wayne was influential in the creation of the 2013-2019 strategic plan and in revising the mission, the CAC core values and the creation of the advancement office. In addition, Wayne has been instrumental in retaining a highly professional, quality team of administrators and in recruiting excellent faculty and staff leaving the school in a strong position for the leadership of his successor Dr. Jared Harris, our incoming Head of School for the 2019-2020 academic year. The board wishes Wayne Rutherford well in his future endeavors and looks forward to working closely with Dr. Jared Harris as he transitions from his role as High School Principal to CAC Head of School.
Board work is challenging, but rewarding and worthwhile. The board feels extremely grateful and fortunate to work on behalf of a very special, warm and committed community of parents, students, faculty, staff and administrators. We would like to express our appreciation for all that you do - day in and day out - for CAC and our children. Thank you for being a part of this great community and for allowing us to serve you. On behalf of the board of trustees, I would like to wish you all a rejuvenating summer full of family warmth and love and wishing all of us a peaceful and prosperous year ahead. Warm regards,
Maha ElShinnawy, 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).