Ensuring the ongoing operations of the school is the responsibility of the parents. All parents are members of the Association, which meets in a General Assembly twice each year. The Association members elect members to the 10-member Executive Board and to a 3-member Auditing Committee. The Executive Board meets eight times per year plus two General Assemblies.

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Executive Board

The School is governed by a 10-member Executive Board, eight of whom are elected by the Parents' Association that sponsors the School, one who is appointed by the U.S. Ambassador, and the Director (ex-officio). Membership in the Association is automatically conferred on the parents or guardians of children enrolled in the School. The School is incorporated under Austrian law and is affiliated with the Office of Overseas Schools, U.S. Department of State.

The Executive Board sets general policies and is responsible for hiring the School Director, who oversees the operations of the school. Times and dates of meetings are listed on the school calendar and in Scoops.


Term Ends
Verena Benedict Member June 2018
Kirsten Detrick Chair June 2019
Elvan Yazmaci Ersoy Member June 2019
Maria-Regina Kecht Member June 2018
Lutz Kranz Treasurer June 2018
Matthew Leder Secretary June 2018
Stephen Razidlo Ex-officio / Director

Arthur Saunders Member June 2019
Norman Thatcher Scharpf US Ambassador's Appointee / Vice Chair
Beat Siffert Member June 2019
Jan Jones Faculty Liaison

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Board Goals

Each year the Executive Board sets strategic goals for the year. This year the Board has set the following goals and is working toward their completion:

  • Build and maintain a long-term financial plan for AIS; define a balanced annual budget that is then proposed to the General Assembly for approval, and develop effective management and mitigation processes that reduce financial, operational and strategic risk.
  • Build and monitor sustainable governance processes on all strategic areas affecting AIS stakeholders and ensure that bylaws and policies enable optimized operations by the AIS administrative team.
  • Work together with parents, faculty, students, and administration to develop a short-, medium-, and long-term vision for facilities development at AIS.
  • Create a formalized approach to reputation management by creating and executing on stakeholder communication strategies, and develop a fundraising policy that maximizes advancement opportunities for our school.
  • Identify qualified potential candidates for the Executive Board and Auditing Committee by motivating Association Members to volunteer their skills, experience and time in the strategic leadership of our school.

Board Meetings and Documents

The Executive Board generally meets on the third Tuesday of the month in the Secondary Library. Agendas, minutes, and other documents may be found in the AIS Parent Portal.

Board Meeting Dates

Sept. 26 - General Session
Oct. 17 - Executive Session
Nov. 14 - Executive Session
Dec. 18 - General Session
Jan. 16 - General Session
Feb. 6 - Winter General Assembly
Mar. 13 - Executive Session
Apr. 17 - General Session
May 15 - Spring General Assembly
June 6 - Executive Session

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Auditing Committee

The Auditing Committee is the internal control of the Association. It is elected by and reports to the General Assembly. The members are:

  • Christian Bruckner
  • Albert Hannak
  • Elena Popescu-Munteanu
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Safeguarding and Child Protection
In line with emerging international school best practice, AIS Vienna maintains strong child protection policies and procedures and our school strives to provide a safe and secure environment for all students.

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