James Swetz

Country: Turkey
School: Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School

After cutting his teeth as a teacher in the unstable world of the inner city Jim moved to Singapore and began his career in international education. Changing grades and teaching assignments characterized his teaching career that ranged from PreK through high school and adjunct professor for TCNJ. His administrative career began at the American School of Mogadishu, Somalia. Subsequent headships in Barcelona, Aruba, Banjul, Zagreb and Ankara led him to his current assignment as General Director of the Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School, an all-scholarship school for scholarly Turkish students in eastern Turkey. Jim has served as a Commissioner for Middle States, on the Board of CEESA, chaired accreditation teams for CIS and Middle States, and is currently serving on the IB Regional Council for Africa, Europe and the Middle East.