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ECWA STAFF SCHOOL, JOS.

ECWA Staff School, Jos, is one of the many academic institutions of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), formerly known as Evangelical Church of West Africa. It is a Christian co-educational Nursery, Primary and Secondary School under one administrator. The Secondary section operates a boarding system with standard facilities. There are also boarding facilities in the primary section. The school is located off Zaria Road, in the New Government Residential Area (G.R.A).

ECWA Staff School, Jos, was established in 1978 and was registered with the Plateau State Government in 1984. The school started as a primary school only, but in 1984, the nursery and secondary sections were started. The Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) curriculum was introduced in 1990.

 

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHOOL

To lead children to Christ and to provide spiritual growth, through enrichment activities such as:

  • Bible studies and discipleship
  • Other Christian enrichment activities such as outreaches.
  • To encourage the spiritual growth of the pupils/students.
  • To provide quality education with the right atmosphere for learning and adequate learning facilities.
  • To raise disciplined children whose aim would be to lead others to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and be productive and relevant in the society.

 

Motto
The fear of the lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline
Prov. 1:7

Identity Statement: ECWA Staff School, Jos is a well-disciplined Christian educational institution that nurtures the young generation towards national development.

Core Values

  1. Hard work –working with all energy, commitment and efficiency to achieve excellence.
  2. Integrity – Upholding strong moral principles and ethical codes.
  3. Discipline – Being self-controlled, orderly and submissive to authority.
  4.  Empathy – Capacity to understand another person’s point of view.

Vision Statement: To prepare students as future leaders to be morally sound, educationally competent and spiritually mature; groomed to reach the unreached until Jesus Christ comes.

Mission Statement: To lead children to Christ and to provide spiritual growth through enrichment activities such as bible Studies, discipleship and other Christian enrichment activities such as outreaches. To provide qualitative education by providing appropriate learning facilities and learning experiences. To develop leadership qualities by providing appropriate experiences and discipline.

  

THE HISTORY OF ECWA STAFF SCHOOL, JOS
In the wake of demand for quality education, Nigerian parents who could afford to pay for the best in education scrambled to get their children into Kent Academy, Miango, Plateau State. 

This all began as a result of Sudan Interior Mission (SIM) opening the door of admission to the sons and daughters of Nigerian partners in the ministry of the Gospel. Before SIM knew it, however, all roads led to Miango seeking admission into Kent Academy.  Nigerians had found a short-cut for sending children abroad for education.  That constituted a dilemma for SIM missionaries who were concerned about their children losing their culture.

Leadership for all ministries had been officially handed over to ECWA in September 1976.  ECWA had to do something about the dilemma of admission of nationals into KA.  The obvious only way out was for ECWA to open an alternative school to Kent Academy.  Reverend Siman Alukeh Ibrahim who had a Graduate Certificate in Education from ABU, consulted with his SIM team members and was encouraged by the knowledge that Kent Academy would help with textbooks and missionaries in Jos would be willing to teach Music, Art, etc.

He tabled before ECWA EXECUTIVE his proposal for a STAFF SCHOOL to take some of the pressures off Kent Academy.  It was tentatively agreed provided the General Church Council (GCC) could be convinced to nod consent.  The GCC approved it on the condition that it would be at no additional cost to the church.

A Youth Corp Member was employed and a school fees structure that would give enough money to cover the annual salary for a Grade II teacher was established.  It worked!  Miss Martha Tonga was the Grade II teacher.  The two were as dedicated as any missionary.  They were both enthusiasts. The first class was selected and parents from the locality were very happy for the provision.  The first class took off in 1977 in a Sunday school class in ECWA Bishara II.  ECWA Staff School had become a reality and thus turned the Kent Academy dilemma into a blessing in disguise!

Rev. Ameachi Nwachukwu was the then Head of Education Department.  He appointed Mrs. Susannah M. Ibrahim with the title of Principal.  She developed the school from 1978 – 1984.  Besides the admission of 1978 classes, Mrs. Ibrahim formalized the status of the school with government and moved the school to its permanent site.  She developed the permanent site from scratch.  Mr. U. Mallam assisted in procuring the Certificate of Occupancy for the permanent site.  Others closely linked with the development of this school in its early formation are Rev. Ronku Aka, (one-time Assistant General Secretary of ECWA), and Kafinta Achiga of pleasant memory who did all the building and carpentry work.

History details provided by Reverend Siman Alukeh Ibrahim

 

THE SCHOOL STRUCTURE
The nursery and primary section is headed by a coordinator who has an assistant. The administration of the section is under the principal.
The secondary section is made up of various departments. The academic departments include: Humanities, Languages, Pre vocational and Sciences. Other departments, sections and units of the school include; Account/Audit, Secretariat, Health, Security, Kitchen, Chaplaincy, Maintenance, Guidance and Counseling and Library.
All the above listed are under the administration of the principal along with the vice principals and other management staff.

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
The school is engaged in learning, sporting, that is football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, athletics, etc. The school also participates in other ex-curricular activities in areas of literary clubs, radio debates, inter- school and inter-zonal competitions. Other activities are science projects, workshops, clubs and societies. The religious activities are Fellowship of Christian Students (F.C.S) which include prayer meeting, bible studies, drama and choir. The school also keeps poultry, fishery and a piggery farm in the school.

Spiritual Activities of the School
The following Spiritual activities are organized and observed in the school: FCS, Prayer Meeting, Bible Studies/Sunday School, Discipleship Classes, Baptism classes and exercises, Evening services, Holy Communion Services, Thanksgiving Services, Evangelism, and annual Week of Spiritual Emphasis.

Co-curricular / Extra-Curricular Activities
Clubs and Societies: The Clubs and societies in the school include:-

  • JETS
  • Young Farmers
  • Literary and Debating
  • Health

Sports: Sport activities are scheduled to hold on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The annual Inter-house Sports Competition comes up every second term of the session.


 

COMMUNICATION
Channel of Communication:
The chart below gives a simple illustration of the school’s channel of communication.

 

Fig. 1 Channel of Communication
Means of communication:
All communications within the school are done through verbal or written means. Communications to parents or guardians are done only in the Principal or vice principals’ offices or through any other staff member assigned by the principal when the need arises. Any other means outside these is illegal.

Students’ government:
Prefect-ship: Prefects are chosen in SS2 and are called shadow prefects, until they are confirmed as prefects after screening and management’s approval. Selection is done by nomination and short listing, with input from students, teachers and other staff members.
Meetings: Students may hold meetings with the school’s approval and under the close supervision of the Compound Master and Guidance Counselor. This includes the year group assemblies that hold every other Friday for all students in all arms of each class with their form teachers and year group masters.
Clubs and society:  With the supervision of patrons, students are given free hands to make valuable contributions and suggestions at their various clubs.

SANITATION/INSPECTION
Students are expected to contribute to the cleanliness of the school environment and be fully involved in compound, classroom, hostel and chapel cleanliness.

WELFARE
Health: The school operates a health clinic facility for students’ health needs. A medical check must be conducted and results submitted to the school at the point of admission. A health certificate of fitness is also required. Parents whose children have health challenges should inform the school/clinic staff.
The health department provides First Aid treatment and conveys ill students to the Bingham University Teaching Hospital for proper medical attention.
Extra charges above the medical fee charged to each student would be paid by parents of concerned students. Parents are responsible for any referral cases to other hospitals.

Counselling
The office of the guidance counselor is open to all students who are in need of guidance and counseling. The counselor also guides students in career choices as well as academic and personal matters/ problems.
Spiritual Matters
The school chaplain gives necessary spiritual counseling.
School Shop
The school operates a shop stocked with provisions that students might need. The shop is opened only during short breaks and after school hours.


SCHOOL RULES AND REGULATIONS
“Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well for it is your life” Prov. 4:13

  • Dressing / Appearance:
  • No hair attachments, perming, lip stick, make up kits or big/dangling earrings are allowed.
  • All kinds of body perfumes are not allowed.
  • No designer belts with labels or inscriptions are allowed.
  • No chain wrist watches are allowed. Only black and brown leather straps are permitted.
  • Only head warmers that match school cardigans are allowed.
  • No ankle length socks or socks with logos or stripes are allowed.
  • No short skirts or gowns are allowed. All skirts must be below the knee.
  • Students are not permitted to go out of their hostels in their under wears, towels or any skimpy, see- through clothing.
  • Students must leave the school premises only in their uniforms.
  • Shirts must not have V cuts, and cuffs and collars must be of regular sizes.
  • Extra buttons which are not too wide should be brought to school.
  • No personal clothing is allowed on the compound.
  • Sagging of trousers is highly prohibited.
  • ‘Pencil’ trousers will be seized if worn and another pair made by the school for the offender which he will pay for.
  • Corporate life:
  • Participation in games and co-curricular activities is mandatory for all students.
  • Fighting, beating and bullying are forbidden.
  • All students must cooperate with prefects, class captains and other helpers appointed to assist with the smooth running of the school.
  • Health care matters:
  • All health cases must be reported to the school clinic.
  • Students should not communicate directly with their parents to inform them of their illnesses without the approval/permission of the school authority.
  • No parent should call to inquire about or discuss the state of health of his child/children with any staff member. All information should be obtained from the school authority through the health workers, Senior Boarding House Mistress, Vice Principals or Principal.
  • Finances:
  •  Payment of school fees is done through designated banks with tellers issued from the school.
  • Tellers for payment of school fees must be submitted to the accounts office and receipt for the payment obtained.
  • Non-payment of fees would lead to the pupil/student being sent home and stopped from sitting for examinations or results withheld.
  • Visiting:
  • Visiting is permitted only on visiting days, from 10:00a.m to 5:00p.m, based on the school’s calendar of activities.
  • Visitors are not allowed into the hostels.
  • Students are not allowed to attend to any visitor without permission.
  • All visitors to the school on school days would be given a visitor’s tag at the gate, indicating place of visit on the compound. The tags would be hung on the chest.
  • Exeat:-
  • No students must leave the school compound without permission.
  • Students with permission to leave the school compound must be in appropriate uniforms.
  • Exeat duration must be adhered to.
  • Compound Rules:
  • Any acts of vandalism to school property, breaking of or writing on furniture and walls, tampering with electrical fittings or electricity, etc. must be punished by replacement of the property by the parents of the students concerned.
  • Pilfering is a dishonest act that is highly prohibited.
  • Students should not litter the school compound.
  • All students must participate in sanitation activities except with special exemption by the school nurses.
  • All working implements for sanitation must be returned to the appropriate quarters after each use.
  • Jumping over the fence is highly prohibited.
  • No student must be found with handsets or any other electronic device.
  • No student must be engaged in unacceptable and immoral behaviors like cuddling, kissing, lesbianism or homosexuality,  pornography, sexual intercourse, drug abuse, smoking, drinking of alcohol, etc
  • Female hostels are out of bounds to all male students, staff and parents and vice versa.
  • No food should be taken to the hostel under any guise.
  • Siesta and lights out must be strictly observed and all lights should be out.
  • Large sums of money must be kept with the school bursary (including pocket money).
  • Day students are not allowed in and around the hostels at any time.
  • No form of gangsterism is tolerated.
  • Any female student found to be pregnant would be expelled and the male student found responsible will suffer the same fate.
  • Staff houses are out of bounds to all students except with genuine reasons.
  • Hostels are out of bounds to all students during school hours, afternoon and night preps, sports, meals, labor and other outdoor activities.
  • Late resumption to school is not tolerated.
  • No equipment or furniture is to be removed from its original place without permission. Removed articles must be returned immediately after use.
  • Chapel  Rules:
  • All students must possess a complete Bible and a copy of an SS and S Hymn Book.
  • Chapel fellowship programmes, bible studies, prayer meetings, and all other group meetings are compulsory for all students.
  • God must be given due respect, therefore, noise making, late coming, eating or chewing will not be tolerated in the chapel.
  • Proper chapel uniforms must be worn on Sundays.
  • Students must not be found roaming around during any fellowship time.
  • “Do what is right and fair; that pleases the Lord more than bringing Him sacrifices” Proverbs 21:3.
  • Classroom Rules:
  • Silence and orderliness must be observed in the classroom.
  • Students should leave their classrooms only with a teacher’s permission.
  • No student should be called out of the class without the Principal, vice principals or compound master’s permission.
  • Students must stay in their respective class rooms and seats during prep, except for those designated to monitor other classrooms.
  • All classrooms must be kept clean.
  • Academic Rules:
  • Students must have 100% attendance in all subjects to qualify to write tests and examinations, except for cases of ill health and other serious matters, with evidence.
  • Students must attend both afternoon and night preps except in cases like the ones mentioned above.
  • No student should speak pidgin English in the school compound at any time.
  • Students must participate in all Continuous Assessments so as to qualify to write examinations.
  • No student is allowed to change his choice of subjects without permission and clearance from the subject teacher and the Guidance counselor.
  • Library Rules
  • No visitor is to be invited to use the library, except for parents who wish to see the facility.
  • Noise making, eating, stealing and damaging of library materials will not be tolerated.
  • Books must not be removed from the library without proper authorization.
  • Lost books must be replaced by anyone found guilty of such.
  • No student may enter the library unless a staff is present.
  • Reserved and reference books must not be taken from the library.
  • A student must sign in and out each time he or she enters or leaves the library. The student must leave his/her ID card with the librarian when going in and collect it when going out.
  • Books taken from the regular library shelves should be placed on the Librarian’s counter at the front of the room when leaving the library.
  • Dormitory Rules:
  • Cleanliness must be maintained in the dormitory at all times - mopping, scrubbing, sweeping, etc.
  • Students are not allowed to hang things on the wall-calendars, poster, pictures, etc.
  • Rough play or wrestling is prohibited.
  • Students should not be noisy.
  • Food must not be brought in from the dining hall once a meal is over.
  • Students must show respect to all kitchen staff and others on duty.
  • Only hostel parents or room heads may collect food for sick students who are unable to go the dining hall.
  • All complaints about food should be forwarded to the food prefect, who shall report to the staff on duty.
  • Students should eat only their own portion of food and not save or take food for another student.
  • Visitors’ Rules:
  • My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them. If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for someone’s blood, let’s waylay some harmless soul; … My son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths”. Prov. 1:10, 11 & 15
  • Visitors may be received and shown around the school from 7a.m to 5p.m. on outing days. Emergency visits on other days may be allowed only by the Principal or vice principal in the absence of the Principal.
  • Students are responsible for the conduct of their visitors during visiting hours.
  • Visitors are not allowed to stay overnight.
  • Visitors are not allowed to call out students from their classrooms, chapel, dining hall, hostel, from the school compound etc., without the permission of the Principal or appropriate staff member when the principal is not around.
  • No photographers, tailors, salesmen, traders, or beggars are to enter the compound without the Principal’s permission.
  • Students are not allowed to leave their classes to receive visitors without the permission of the Principal or Vice Principal.

DISCIPLINARY MEASURES
The punishments for breaking different school rules vary:
“Discipline your children while they are young enough to learn. If you don’t, you are helping them to destroy themselves. Prov. 19:18”

  • Immorality:

a. The use of any sexually stimulating article e.g. pornographic material or any other sexual object; masturbation, etc.
1st Offence - Confiscation and destruction of such items, public apology, public flogging (6 strokes), 2 weeks suspension.
2nd Offence -  Expulsion
b. Fornication, Lesbianism/Homosexuality
Expulsion
c. Unhealthy/exclusive relationship between members of the opposite sex
1st Offence -   Counseling
2nd Offence -   2 weeks suspension, public apology, letter of undertaking
d.  A female student entering a male hostel and a male student entering a female hostel
1st Offence -  Two weeks suspension, one of which will be spent in the school doing labour during school hours, public apology and 6 strokes of the cane.
2nd Offence -   Expulsion

  • Jumping over the fence:

1st Offence -              Two weeks suspension with a letter of undertaking; 50 pieces of 9 inches “Kandung” block, a trip of sand and 2 bags of cement (or their equivalent).
2nd Offence -              Expulsion
3.   Fighting:
1st Offence -       3 days of labour during afternoon preps
2nd Offence -      2 weeks suspension, one of which will be spent doing labour in the school      during school hours.
4.  Using Abusive Language:
1st Offence -       One day’s work
2nd Offence -      One week’s work
5.           Lying:
1st Offence -       One day’s work
2nd Offence -      One week’s work
6.            Stealing:
a.    Taking out items from the library, chapel, classroom, laboratory, hostel without permission.
1st Offence -       One day’s work
2nd Offence -      One week’s work
b.    Stealing money or other items from a fellow student or staff member.
1st Offence -       One day’s work
2nd Offence -      2 weeks suspension, one of which will be spent doing labour in the school during school hours.
7.    Destruction of School Property:
1st Offence -       Payment for damages
2nd Offence -      Payment for damages and 2 days work
3rd Offence -       Payment for damages and one week suspension.
8.    Cheating:
a.    In Tests or Internal Exams:
1st Offence -       Zero in the subject and public flogging
2nd Offence -      Zero in the subject, public flogging and 2 weeks suspension
3rd Offence -       Expulsion
b.            Tampering with Report Sheets or Teacher’s records:
Zero in all the affected subjects.
c.             Cheating in External Exams:
As obtained in Section A, subsection 3, No. 3, page 3 of WAEC regulations and syllabus for WASSCE.                                                
9. Bullying:
a.    Verbal Abuse                     -              One day’s work.
b.    Intimidation/Threats      -              One day’s work
c.     Forced Errands of any kind -        One day’s work
d.    Improper Punishment   -              Same punishment to be served publicly and two day’s work.
e.    Extortion             -              Restitution, two day’s work.
f.     Juniors disobeying prefects         -              One day’s work.
g.    Failure to Report Bullying              -              One day’s work
2nd Offence of any form of Bullying:  -              Two weeks’ suspension


10.Skipping School Activities/Programmes including Chapel Programmes:
1st Offence         -              One day’s work
2nd Offence        -              2 days’ work
3rd Offence         -              Public flogging and 1 week’s work


11.  Skipping preps:
1st Offence         -              One day’s work
2nd Offence        -              2 day’s work
3rd Offence         -              Public flogging and 1 week’s work


12.  Illicit Drug Possession/Consumption:
a.  Being in possession of any hard drugs, alcoholic drinks or beverages:
1st Offence         -              Confiscation of items, public flogging and one day’s work
2nd Offence        -              Confiscation of items, public flogging and 2 weeks’ suspension.
3rd Offence         -              Confiscation of items, Expulsion.
b. Consumption of hard drugs, alcoholic drinks or beverages:
1st Offence         -              Confiscation of items, public flogging and 2 weeks’ suspension.
2nd Offence        -              Expulsion.


13.  Intimidating, Threatening, Insulting or Being Disrespectful to a Staff Member:
1st Offence   -  Public Apology at Assembly, One day’s work and 2 weeks’       suspension.
2nd Offence    -   Expulsion.


14.Classroom Offences:
a.  Noisemaking:    Flogging by an authorized staff member.
b.  Unauthorized writing on the Whiteboard, Noticeboard, doors and desks/chairs:
1st Offence: Flogging
2nd Offence: Two day’s work
c. Writing on the wall:
1st Offence:   Payment for the repainting of the wall.
2nd Offence:  Payment for the repainting of the wall, one week’s work.
d.  Littering the Classroom:
1st Offence:  Flogging by the Form Master/Mistress
2nd Offence:  Flogging by the Form Master/Mistress, One day’s work.
3rd Offence:   Flogging by the Form Master/Mistress, One week’s work.


15. Dining Hall Offences:
a. Taking food out of the Dining Hall:
1st Offence: One day’s work
2nd Offence:  Public flogging, 3 day’s work
3rd Offence:  2 week’s suspension
b.  Skipping meals:
1st Offence:        One day’s work
2nd Offence:       3 day’s work
c.  Taking Dining Hall cutlery (including plates and cups) out of the Dining Hall:
1st Offence: One day’s work
2nd Offence: One week’s work


16. Dormitory Offences:
a. Noise Making after Lights Out:
1st Offence: One day’s work
2nd Offence:  3 day’s work
b. Outside the Dormitory after Lights Out:
1st Offence: One day’s work
2nd Offence: 2 week’s suspension
c.  Inside the Dormitory at the wrong time:
1st Offence: One day’s work
2nd Offence: 3 day’s work
d.   Cooking in the Dormitory:
1st Offence:   Items seized, Public Flogging, One day’s work.
2nd Offence:  Items seized, Public Flogging, One week’s work.
3rd Offence:   Items seized, Public Flogging, 2 week’s suspension.
e.  Littering the Classroom:
1st Offence: Flogging by the Form Master/Mistress
2nd Offence:  Flogging by the Form Master/Mistress, One day’s work.
3rd Offence:  Flogging by the Form Master/Mistress, One week’s work.
f.   Writing on the wall:
1st Offence:  Payment for the repainting of the wall.
2nd Offence: Payment for the repainting of the wall, one week’s work.
g.   Sleeping on the same bed with a fellow student:
1st Offence:        Two day’s work
2nd Offence:       Two week’s suspension
17.   Possession of prohibited items like handsets, electronic devices, heaters, radio, wrong clothing items, etc.: 
1st Offence: CONFISCATION of such items with one week of work from 8:00am to 4:00pm daily.
Second time offenders on the possession of handsets or other electronic devices will be EXPELLED.
18.  SUICIDE THREAT
A suicide threat is a verbal or non-verbal communication that the individual intends to harm him/herself with the intention to die but has not acted on the behavior.
Any student who is found to have made a suicide threat will be EXPELLED from the school.
19. SUICIDAL ACT
A suicidal act (also referred to as suicide attempt) is a potentially self -injurious behavior for which there is evidence that the person probably intended to kill himself or herself; a suicidal act may result in death, injuries, or no injuries.
Any student who makes a suicide attempt will be EXPELLED from the school.

Other Notable Issues:
1.Those caught littering the compound will CLEAN the same portion for a whole week.
2. Rendering help to students under punishment would earn those involved an extra half of the sentence of his beneficiary.
3. Any student suspended for two weeks would spend one week at home and the second week serving punishment in school.
4.  No parent shall take the school to court without exhausting all other avenues of resolving the issue at hand.
5.   a. The school will not be part of any problem or misunderstanding between the child’s parents.
b. And where the issue persists, the child (ward) stands withdrawn from the school but that will be a last resort because the education of the child is of paramount concern to the school.
6.  Any suspended student will carry with him/her a letter of explanation from the school stating the offense and the punishment meted. Such a student will not be allowed to return to school unless he or she is accompanied by the parents with a written letter of undertaking to be of good behaviour.
7.   The school reserves the right to take strong and appropriate action in line with offenses not specifically covered in these rules.

 

MANAGEMENT POLICY
The school’s Board of Governors, with suggestions from the school management, and the approval of the ECWA Executive (EE) is the highest decision making body of the school. The Board reserves the right to review fees and policies from time to time and such decisions are final.

SCHOOL ANTHEM

  1. About the school anthem:

The school anthem was composed by Rev. Silas Yako in 1999. The central themes of the anthem are unity, godliness, hard work and patriotism.

  1. The Anthem

We are the students of ECWA Staff School
We are one family, with one identity
We are ambassadors of the Lord Jesus
Teaching the fear of God, aiming at excellence.

CHORUS:   The fear of God is knowledge
That is our motto
That is what we stand for
We have no part in the works of darkness
We walk in truth and righteousness.

ii.  Through hard work and diligence, we strive for excellence
Teachers and students, there is no difference
We have one aim and goal, every day we go to school
To learn the fear of God, in school and out of school.

iii.  Our strength is in the Lord, we depend on His word
To be faithful to the end, committed, devoted
We are loyal to the school, to the Church and Nigeria
Dear God, bless ECWA, God bless Nigeria.

 

Past Principals

    Mrs. Suzanna Ibrahim

    From 1978 – 1984

    Mrs. Elizabeth G. Zamani

    1984

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    Mr. Yakubu M. Nyam (Late)

    From 1985 – 1992, 1994 – 1996

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    Mrs. Rifkatu P. Kore (Late)

    From 1997 – 2007

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    Mrs. Hadiza Yem

    From 2007 – 2013

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    Mrs. Ruth I. Kim

    From 2014 – Date