June 11st, 2018

Dear Members of the BIFS Community,

On Behalf of the BIFS Board of Governors, it is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Mr. Simon McCloskey as our new Head of School, effective July 1st, 2019.

Selecting the Head of School is the single most important decision that our Board of Governors does on behalf of the BIFS community. The Board has devoted a tremendous amount of time conducting an extensive global search. We owe a special thank you to our Search Committee members for their professionalism, and dedication in leading us to a successful conclusion. We also want to thank the BIFS staff and community for your active participation throughout the entire search process. Thank you for your input, questions, feedback, and encouragement – it all made a big difference in the final outcome.

We are proud that our worldwide search effort was thorough and inclusive, which helped us to identify Simon as our next Head of School. Simon has almost 20 years of experience in international education, including experience as a Head of School, principal, and a teacher. Simon is currently the Head of School at Stonehill International School in Bangalore, India. He has previously served international schools in Sudan, Thailand, Malawi, Tanzania, Bangladesh and the United Kingdom. We are confident that Simon’s international experience as a Head of School, his academic expertise, as well as his commitment to community and the guiding statements of BIFS will inspire us to new heights. Attached please find a letter from Mr. McCloskey to the BIFS community.

In the fall, the Board, together with our current Head of School, Kevin Baker, will establish a committee to ensure a seamless transition of leadership for BIFS. While we are sad to see Kevin to move on, we are proud of the school’s accomplishments during his tenure! He will be deeply missed but warmly remembered! The many accomplishments during Kevin’s tenure ensures a solid foundation for BIFS as we aspire to new levels of excellence as we encourage all of our students to explore, discover and thrive in the global world in which we all belong.

Finally, please join the Board in welcoming Simon and his family to the BIFS family and to beautiful Busan!

With warmest wishes,

Mr Yong Cha


BIFS Board of Governors