Magellan International School Adds Strategic Talent to its Board of Directors and Senior Leadership Team

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Magellan International School Expands Board of Directors and Management Team

We are thrilled to have these exceptional new members join the board,” said Magellan founder and president Erin Defossé.

The Magellan International School, one of Austin’s fastest-growing independent schools, has expanded its Board of Directors and made several strategic additions to the school’s management team. The staff and board additions come as the school sets its sights on continued student growth, achievement of accreditation by the International Baccalaureate Organization for its middle school, and strategic fundraising to support the establishment of a permanent campus.

Joining the board and contributing expertise in education, finance, law and marketing are the following new members:

  •     Steve Blanchard, Head of School, New Garden Friends School, Greensboro, NC
  •     Laura Ross, Head of Upper School, Greenhill School in Dallas, TX
  •     Christy Rogers, Executive Director,Global Digital Customer Experience, Dell
  •     Matt Ford, Former Finance Director, Dell and independent finance consultant
  •     Bill Reid, Attorney and Partner, Reid, Collins, and Tsai LLP

“We are thrilled to have these exceptional new members join the board,” said Magellan founder and president Erin Defossé. "As Magellan enters its seventh year and we emerge as a truly world-class educational institution, our board of directors now has tremendous collective experience to drive a strategy that ensures continued healthy growth and operation of our school.”

Joining the Magellan International School senior leadership team are:

  •     Christen Wilson, Head of Advancement and Administration
  •     Crystal Estrada, Director of Operations
  •     Liz Vega, Director of Admissions

“I am delighted to have Christen, Crystal and Liz join the senior leadership team. They each bring strategic talents and experience that will be instrumental in shaping advancement and fundraising, streamlining operations and facilitating admissions,” said Magellan Head of School Maria Isabel León.

About The Magellan International School
The Magellan International School is an independent, not-for-profit school offering preschool through 8th Grade in 2015-16. The School prepares children to become engaged Global Citizens of the 21st Century and meet the challenges and opportunities facing the world in this age of globalization. Magellan features the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program curriculum with immersion language learning in English and Spanish and instruction in Mandarin during the elementary years. Magellan's middle school offers the IB Middle Years Program and is open to all students regardless of prior foreign language experience. Middle school students are offered Spanish and Mandarin instruction at the level appropriate to each student. For more information visit http://www.magellanschool.org.

Magellan International School Media Contact
Christen Wilson, Director of Advancement and Administration, Christen.Wilson@magellanschool.org.

About the International Baccalaureate Organization
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student. The IBO’s three programs for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Founded in 1968, IBO currently works with 3,019 schools in 139 countries to develop and offer three challenging programs to over 845,000 students aged 3 to 19 years. To learn more about the International Baccalaureate Organization, visit http://www.ibo.org. Information about the Texas International Baccalaureate Schools Organization can be found at http://www.texasibschools.org.

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