Rosslyn Academy is governed and administered in accordance with a Constitution as approved by Rosslyn’s Sponsoring Agencies: the Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM), the Eastern Mennonite Mission (EMM), and the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention. The Board consists of nominally seven members, plus the school’s Superintendent, who is an ex-officio member. Each Sponsoring Agency may appoint two members (and one alternate) to the Board. There is also, typically, up to two ‘at large’ members selected by the Board from outside of the Sponsoring Agencies. The Board has about six meetings per year and an annual extended planning retreat.
The Board of Governors believes in and is committed to governing Rosslyn Academy as a Christian school in an international setting, seeking to provide high quality education which meets North American school accreditation standards and explicitly espouses and promotes Christian values, principles and faith.
What is the role of the Board? In a nutshell, the Board has responsibility for the institutional, educational, financial and other policies concerning the operation of the school.
Rosslyn's Board Structure and Philosophy
The Board of Rosslyn Academy has adopted a governance model known as Policy Governance. This model, also known as the Carver Model, is used widely by NGOs and educational institutions around the world. Policy Governance can be most simply and clearly explained through the following analogy:
The River Analogy
Imagine a boat on a river. The boat has owners, a captain, and is headed to an intended destination. At Rosslyn Academy, Policy Governance can be explained by noting that the owners of the boat (the Sponsoring Agencies represented by the Board) want their boat (Rosslyn Academy) to get to a desired destination (Rosslyn’s mission and purpose statements). The owners’ hire a competent captain (the Superintendent) to get the boat to its destination. The owners give the captain a simple but comprehensive and empowering order: “As long as you demonstrate (via regular monitoring reports to the Board) that the boat is heading in the right direction (the Board’s global “Ends Statement”), is staying in the water between the river banks (the Board’s policies, created in alignment with Rosslyn’s mission and purpose statements), you have the freedom to get to the destination the way you think is best.” And, conversely, “if you (the captain) can’t get to our desired destination or are not staying within the river banks (within the Board’s policies), we will find another captain.”
The destination of the boat is clear: you can find this in Rosslyn’s mission and purpose statement. But what is the right direction of the boat en route to its destination, and where are the river banks? Here are a few examples from the Board’s Policy Manual:
Rosslyn’s Direction (from the Board’s global Ends Statement)
Students will develop holistically to maximize their God-given potential, resulting in visionary leadership and service in the world community, for children of missionaries at a cost equivalent to mid-tier ACSI schools in North America, and to other students who are in harmony with Rosslyn values and who show evidence of potential for academic success and future leadership.
- Spiritually, students will make progress towards living honest spiritual lives with high personal character and ethics, based on an encounter with Jesus Christ and his teachings.
- Academically, students will develop virtuous intellectual character and outstanding academic abilities, skills, and knowledge base relative to their grade and aptitude level.
- Physically, artistically, and relationally, students will move towards healthy lifestyles and the development of skills, which express their unique God-given gifts.
The River Banks (from a representative selection of our Board Policies)
- The Superintendent must manage Rosslyn ethically, lawfully, prudently, and in accordance with the Ends Statement.
- Staff, students, and volunteers must be managed fairly, safely, with dignity, appropriate confidentiality, and consistent with Rosslyn’s values.
- Facilities must be purchased, planned, developed and constructed without placing Rosslyn in financial jeopardy and in accordance with Rosslyn’s multi-year architectural and financial plan.
- All internal and external threats will be managed proactively via an ongoing contingency plan.
- Rosslyn must maintain accreditation with a recognized North American accreditation body which supports Rosslyn’s values and beliefs.
- The Board’s sole connection to Rosslyn operationally will be through the Superintendent.
- The Board recognizes that while Rosslyn is owned by the three Sponsoring Agencies, as a nonprofit Christian school, Rosslyn also has “owners” comprised of its students and parents of students. The Board has established a representative group of these “owners” called the “Rosslyn Culture and Values Group”, and convenes it at least annually in order to receive formal feedback regarding Rosslyn’s progress in fulfilling its global Ends Statement. This group is taken seriously by the Board, and is utilized to assist the Board in its self-evaluation and strategic planning.
The 2018-2019 Board consists of:
Anthony Rivers (Chair)
International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention
Logistics Services Consultant, IMB
Parent of five kids, three who attend Rosslyn
MA Theological Studies and Intercultural Leadership, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
BA Psychology, minor in Religion, University of North Florida
Previously worked in Southeast Asia for 10 years as a church planter.
Jonathan Cooper (Vice Chair)
Currently working as the Africa Media Coordinator for the Assemblies of God.
Parent of 1 Rosslyn student
BA in Pastoral Ministries Southeastern University, MA in Digital Storytelling from Asbury University
Served for 22 years as a media missionary in Brussels, Madrid, Malawi and Kenya.
Krista Snader (Secretary)
Currently working as a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Advisor for Mennonite Central Committee
Parent of 2 Rosslyn Academy students
MSc Rural Extension Studies from the University of Guelph
BSc Biology and BSc International Agriculture from Eastern Mennonite University
Previously worked with water projects in Haiti for 4 years and in Bolivia for 3 years.
International Mission Board
Parent of two students at Rosslyn
BS Elem. Ed/Early Childhood, Southwest Baptist University
Taught kindergarten and first grade in Indiana. Her family previously served in Tanzania and Uganda.
Sung Kyu Park
Director/founder of Africa Gospel Outreach (AGO) ministries
Parent of 3 Rosslyn graduates
BA Linguistics (UCLA); MDiv (Talbot School of Theology); ThM (Fuller School of Intercultural Studies); PhD Theology (University of Pretoria)
Worked in California as a pastor for 7 years before coming to Kenya in 2000
Lecturer, Vineyard School of Ministry
PhD candidate, New Testament Theology, London School of Theology
MDiv, Theology, Trinity College, University of Dublin
MSc, Physics, Michigan State University
B.Sc., Civil and Environmental Engineering, George Washington University
A former nuclear submarine officer in the US Navy, Andrew has worked in management, project management, and senior leadership roles in the USA, Australia, and East Africa for 20 years. He and his family have lived in Kijabe, Kenya for eight years, where he divides his time between project advisory roles and theological education.
Chao Tsuma Wanje
Christian Counselor focusing on Premarital & Marriage Counseling
Parent of 2 Rosslyn Academy students
PhD in Biblical Counseling from Trinity College & Seminary, IN
MA in Biblical Counseling from Trinity College & Seminary, IN
BA in Communication & Management from the University of New Mexico, NM
Previously worked with FamilyLife in Kenya for 10 years: FamilyLife is a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International.