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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 that meets North American school accreditation standards and explicitly espouses and promotes Christian values, principles, and faith.

2023 - 2024 Board of Governors

Kendi Ogamba

Scott Stoner-Eby

Shannon Lewis

Jay Taylor

Samson Mehari

Heather Santmyire

Karen Robinson

Jeremy Choi

Board Structure
and Philosophy

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 Missions (EMM), and the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention. The Board consists of eight members and has adopted a Policy Governance model, also known as the Carver Model. This model is used widely by NGOs and educational institutions around the world.

Policy Governance can explained through the following analogy: River Analogy of Board of Governors.

Imagine Rosslyn Academy is a boat on a river. The boat has owners, a captain, crew, and is headed to an intended destination. In this analogy of how the board governs Rosslyn, the owners of the boat (the Sponsoring Agencies represented by the Board) want their boat (Rosslyn) to get to a desired destination (“ends” defined by the board).

The owners hire a captain (the Superintendent) competent to steer the boat and manage its crew (staff) to get to its destination. The captain operates the boat within the banks of the river (board policies) and is empowered to discern how to get to the destination. The board provides oversight by monitoring progress and how that progress is made within the guidance provided by the board.

From the Board’s Global End Statement

  • 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 a knowledge base relative to their grade and aptitude level.
  • Physically, artistically, and relationally, students will move towards healthy lifestyles and develop skills that express their unique God-given gifts.
  • Socially, students will be inspired and equipped for Christ-like service through meaningful service opportunities at school and in the world.

A Selection Of Our Board Policies

  • The Superintendent must manage Rosslyn ethically, lawfully, and prudently and promote an atmosphere of community and approachability.
  • Staff, volunteers, students, and parents must be treated fairly, safely, with dignity, with appropriate confidentiality, and consistently with Rosslyn’s values.
  • The Superintendent shall not disregard the concerns of staff, volunteers, students, and families.
  • Diversity of expression of evangelical Biblical faith among staff must be protected.
  • New and existing staff must demonstrate an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ and commitment to Rosslyn’s core Christian beliefs and 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 that supports Rosslyn’s values and beliefs.
  • The Board’s connection to Rosslyn operationally is through the Superintendent, meaning the Board focuses on its governance role and delegates school management to the Superintendent.
  • Parents and Staff should follow the grievance policy as outlined in the Parent/Student handbook (ES, MS, HS). If complaints are brought to the board, the board will communicate appropriate channels to use.
  • 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.