The school has Gakko Hojin status granted by Hiroshima Prefecture, and the school’s constitution is the Act of Endowment (English | Japanese). The school’s by-laws (English) – guidance on the implementation of the Act of Endowment  – further clarify the composition and operation of its two boards.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors (BoD) numbers ten members and meets approximately monthly during school semesters. The Chair of the Board of Trustees (BoT) and the Principal are automatically members of the Board of Directors. Four more members are elected to the BoD from the ranks of the BoT (and thus sit on both boards). The final four members of the BoD are elected by the Board of Directors from the community at large. The Chair of the Board of Directors is the Rijicho (‘Director General’).

The BoD makes the major strategic decisions regarding the direction and character of the school.

Operational and managerial decisions are the responsibility of the Principal but the Principal is accountable to the Board of Directors.

This is the strategic and ‘operational’ board, and its members are:

  • Susan Meiki, PhD – Director General; Lecturer at Okayama University
  • Damian Rentoule, PhD – Principal
  • Jun Sasaki – Board Secretary; Associate Professor of Hijiyama University
  • Peter Goldsbury, PhD – Chair of the Board of Trustees; Emeritus Professor of Hiroshima University
  • Joerg Sandmann – School Treasurer and BoT member; CEO of Webasto Korea/Japan
  • Masato Otsu – Integration Director, Micron Technology
  • Fuyuko Ruetenik, PhD – School parent and BoT member; Associate Professor at Hiroshima University
  • Roger Reinos – Professor at Hiroshima University of Economics, BoT member and School parent
  • Eric Grant PhD: Associate Chief of Research at the Radiation Effects Research Facility and school parent
  • Takao Kamibeppu PhD: Professor at Fukuyama City University, BoT member and school parent
Board of Directors Profiles

The BoD is currently looking to fill vacancies by a) identifying the skill sets required to support the school’s current strategic direction, and b) recruiting people with the necessary skills.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees (BoT) meets about three times a year. There are five categories of membership of the BoT: parents & guardians (6-7 members), staff (3-4), significant financial contributors to the school (1-7), learned persons (9-11) and the final position is for an alumnus of the school. The Board of Trustees must be consulted regarding significant decisions and events such as the annual budget or the appointment of a new Principal.

Board of Trustees Profiles


The school also has two Auditors who have no vote and may not sit on either board but who may attend all board meetings.

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