UWCSEA Director of Boarding Gabriel Abad Fernández appointed Head of UWC Dilijan
Gabriel Abad Fernández, Director of Boarding, will leave Tampines House on East Campus at the end of this school year (June 2018). He and his family are moving to Armenia, where Gabriel will be the taking up the post of Head of UWC Dilijan, commencing August 2018. Gabriel takes up this post after gaining considerable experience at UWCSEA, occupying a variety of positions, most latterly as Director of Boarding, since joining the Dover Campus in 2002.
In his 16 years at UWCSEA, Gabriel has contributed far more widely than to just the UWCSEA community, and taken active roles in UWC, the Council of International Schools and the International Baccalaureate Educators Network. In 2011, he was appointed as the first Director of Boarding on East Campus, establishing and guiding the thriving residential community that now live and learn together in Tampines House.
In announcing the appointment, Chris Edwards, Head of College, said, "The boarding community, and particularly the young people in Tampines House’s care, have benefitted immensely from his expertise and compassion. Gabriel’s commitment to UWC values has been evident in all his actions and we are thrilled that the UWC movement will continue to benefit from his wisdom and dedication.¨
UWC Dilijan, which opened in 2012, was the 14th member of the UWC movement and the first international boarding school in Armenia. There are 213 students from 82 countries enrolled this academic year in the two-year IB Diploma programme. However, following a period of consolidation Veronika Zonabend, Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of Governors of the UWC Dilijan, said that “we are now ready to move on to the next phase of dynamic progression based on a holistic approach to education and innovative ideas in the context of the formation of the Education Cluster and the proposed Teachers Centre. It is clear to me and the Board that Gabriel has all the skills and character required both to nourish the UWC Dilijan community as it exists as well as to take UWC Dilijan forward.”
Gabriel described his rewarding journey through UWCSEA that led to the appointment, “Natalie and I joined UWCSEA in 2002 as single individuals and will leave after 16 years as a family. My wife Natalie is a UWC Atlantic College alumna, and our children Eleri Carmen and Harri Gabriel have always lived in our residential communities, first at Dover and then at East. My role at Tampines House has meant to me a lot more than a job, and I am deeply thankful for the opportunity to have worked with such special groups of students and colleagues over the years. While we will be sad to leave UWCSEA, to which we owe so much, we are all looking forward to moving to Armenia to become part of the UWC Dilijan community and of the wider Dilijan community.”