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Leadership Searches | Dr. Peter Coles will be joining the Uskudar American Academy (UAA), as their Head of School


CIS is delighted to announce that Dr. Peter Coles will be joining the Üsküdar American Academy (UAA), Istanbul, as their new Head of School.

Our sincere congratulations go out to Peter, the SEV Foundation Board of Directors and the Üsküdar American Academy community for this appointment. 

Dr. Coles will join UAA from Al Sahwa Schools in Muscat, Oman, where he has served as the Director since 2012. In Muscat, he leads a school of 1200 students, while guiding a staff of 210, representing 40+ nationalities. Prior to Al Sahwa, Dr. Coles was the Principal Advisor to the Ministry of Education, Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 2009 to 2012.

Peter is no stranger to Turkey.  In 2000, he took up his first international posting at the prestigious T.E.D College in Ankara. He then moved to the pioneering Işıkkent School in Izmir, where he remained for five years, leading the English and Foreign Languages Department (K-12).

The SEV Foundation selected CIS Leadership Recruitment Services, represented by Joe Cornacchio, to lead the search for the Head of School at UAA in a process involving the SEV Board of Directors, SEV General Manager, Senior Leadership Team, faculty, staff members, students and parents. 

Joe commented on the unique nature of the SEV Foundation and their commitment to academic excellence: “Üsküdar American Academy, was established in 1876, and is one of Turkey’s oldest, preeminent preparatory schools. At every level, the school’s program is intensely academic with a commitment to bilingual education. Üsküdar American Academy is known for outstanding student achievement, a broad program of co-curricular activities, and a blend of Turkish and American cultural values”.

Upon his appointment Dr. Coles remarked: “I am honoured to have been selected as the new Head of School at Üsküdar American Academy and I thank CIS for making it possible. I have proudly used CIS’ outstanding services as a recruiter for the last six years. As a candidate, the experience has been equally positive. The entire process was flawless due to the efforts and support of Joe Cornacchio. I highly recommend CIS' leadership recruitment service.”

UAA is excited about the selection of their new Head of School and looks forward to welcoming Peter and his family, spouse Ülkü, and their daughter’s, Dilara and Sara to the UAA school community in August 2018.

CIS Career & Recruitment Services provides a variety of solutions to accommodate a school’s individual recruitment needs. CIS is a dedicated partner in the search and selection of a new Head of School, Principal or Divisional Leader, providing our expertise and support throughout the entire search, screening and placement process. Our personal approach maximises the potential of a successful match. Learn more.