The American College of Sofia (ACS) is operated and funded by Sofia American Schools, Inc. (SAS), a non-profit, educational corporation chartered in 1926 in the United States by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As such, SAS is exempt from income taxes in the United States and contributions to it are tax deductible in the United States.
SAS was created for the sole purpose of providing education for Bulgarian youth. When it became impossible in the late 1940s for an American institution to function in Bulgaria, SAS obtained permission from the courts to spend the income from its endowment on education in non-Communist countries near Bulgaria, primarily Greece and Turkey. It returned to Bulgaria when conditions permitted and its sole function now is operating the American College of Sofia.
SAS is composed of members and trustees (who are also members). Members meet annually to hear reports and to elect members to three-year terms and trustees to one-year terms. Under its bylaws, all operating powers rest with the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees holds two regular meetings each year, one in the United States and one in Sofia, along with whatever special meetings are necessary. Its Executive Committee is empowered to act for the corporation between Board meetings.
Since the reopening of the College in 1992, the Board of Trustees has been chaired by Robert C. Hubbard, James E. Clayton, William J. Williams, Jr., and, currently, Roger Whitaker. Neither members of the corporation nor trustees receive any compensation for their services nor are they reimbursed for the costs of attending corporation or Board meetings.
SAS has no office or employees in the United States. Its administrative work is contracted out to Educational Group Services, Inc., of Princeton, N. J., which does similar work for other American schools including Robert College and the American University in Beirut.
SAS may be contacted:
Tel.: 609 452 2209Fax: 609 452 1482E-mail: AmColSofi@aol.com
Trustees of Sofia American Schools, Inc.
Christina K. Black, New York, New YorkAvis T. Bohlen, Washington, DC, Trustee since 2002James E. Clayton, Arlington, Virginia, Trustee since 1996Jonathan B. Clayton, Houston, Texas, Trustee since 2008John H. Clymer, Concord, Massachusetts, Trustee since 1986Ann Ferren, Radford, Virginia, Trustee since 2010Nellie Gencheva-Gipson, New York, New York, Trustee since 2004Valentin Georgiev, Sofia, Bulgaria, Trustee since 2011Theodora Konetsovska, Boston, Massachusetts, Trustee since 2012Charles P. Lord, New York, New York, Trustee since 2007Teodor Milev, Vienna, Austria, Trustee since 2005Donald B. Murphy, New York, New York, Trustee since 1975Elisaveta Kostova Ogata, San Francisco, California, Trustee since 2012Ivo D. Panteleev, Sofia, Bulgaria, Trustee since 2005Evgenia Peeva, Sofia, Bulgaria, Trustee since 2011Sol Polansky, Bethesda, Maryland, Trustee since 1992George Prohasky, Sofia, Bulgaria, Trustee since 2010Andrew Robarts, Claremont, California, Trustee since 2009Robert Stewart, Norfolk, Virginia, Trustee since 2002Joel F. Studebaker, Princeton, New Jersey, Trustee since 1980Roger Whitaker, Falls Church, Virginia, Trustee since 1990William J. Williams, Jr., New York, New York, Trustee since 1990
Officers of Sofia American Schools, Inc.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees - Roger WhitakerVice-Chairman - William J. Williams, Jr.Secretary - John H. ClymerTreasurer - Donald B. MurphyAssistant Secretary - Ted GroverAssistant Treasurer - Sam HofferExecutive Committee Chair - Roger WhitakerExecutive Committee Members:Avis Bohlen, Ann Ferren, James E. Clayton, John H. Clymer, Donald B. Murphy, Roger Whitaker, and William J. Williams, Jr.