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Forrest Broman Retires From TIE After 30 Years of Leadership
By Cynthia Nagrath, TIE Staff Writer 05-Apr-16
Forrest Broman announced his retirement after an exceptional 30-year career as CEO and founder of The International Educator (TIE), a leading publication and recruitment firm specializing in international education. Mr. Broman is among the most well-known and respected figures in international education and has made many significant contributions to the field. He has positively impacted hundreds of students, teachers, and administrators through his role as superintendent of international schools and as founder and CEO of both TIE and The Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership (PTC). Forrest’s career spans over 50 years and includes experience in the legal, public service, education, small business, and non-profit sectors. Upon graduating from Harvard Law School in 1965, Forrest started his career as a law clerk to a Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice, followed by a stint at a prominent New York law firm. He then went on to serve as the Deputy Commissioner for Addiction Services under Mayor Lindsay’s administration in the early 1970’s before getting into the field of international education. In 1974, Mr. Broman was appointed as the Superintendent of the Walworth Barbour American International School in Israel (WBAIS), where he served for 17 years and was the school’s longest-serving head. Following that, he became superintendent of Escuela Campo Alegre, an international school in Caracas, Venezuela, from 1991–1996. Mr. Broman led these schools through very challenging circumstances and earned the praise of the communities in which he served, including that of the many teachers and administrators he mentored, and most importantly, the students whom he inspired and motivated to achieve their personal best. “For any of us who studied under Forrest Broman, either in his capacity as superintendent of WBAIS or in his pre-law class, we know his extraordinary contributions to our lives are not easily captured in words. He was an innovative educator and an incredible mentor,” says Mark Christopher Toth, a graduate of WBAIS class of ‘82. “AIS under Forrest’s direction, was like having Brown, Harvard, NYU, Cambridge, and a dash of Berkeley all under one roof,” says his former student, Mark Christopher. “He hired college professors on sabbatical and combined and proffered up an amazing and unique high school curriculum we were all privileged to benefit from as his students who, because of him, were already attending one of the best colleges in the world: WBAIS.” “Forrest Broman is a stalwart man who led AIS during peace—the Camp David Peace process—as well as war—the Israeli-Lebanese-Syrian war in 1982,” reminisces Mr. Toth. “He deeply cares for each of his former students, staff, and faculty that he shepherded as superintendent and his concern for our welfare is unending until this day.” During his headship of these schools, (between 1986–1989), Mr. Broman founded The International Educator (TIE), and The Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership (PTC). “In creating The International Educator newspaper, Forrest has helped unite educators scattered across the globe by providing them with a forum for the issues central both to their professions and to their unique career paths,” said Meadow Hilley, Editor of TIE. Hilley also notes that the paper has “fostered a strong sense of community among them.” Mr. Broman’s experience in the field of international education was put to use at Boston University where he served as an Associate Professor of BU’s Graduate School of Education from 1997–1999. There he created and directed the International School Leadership Institute’s Doctoral Program. This year, TIE celebrates its 30th anniversary and Mr. Broman has announced his retirement, so that he may focus on family and the Children of Haiti Project (COHP). In 2010, Mr. Broman, along with many international school colleagues, started the COHP School in Haiti in response to the tragic earthquake that devastated the impoverished island-nation. COHP provides an education, sound nutrition, and health services to 65 of Haiti’s most destitute children. Broman plans to devote his time and energy to supporting the COHP School and its mission. When not working on educational matters, he is looking forward to spending more time with his grandchildren, fishing, and traveling around the world visiting family and friends. “Through his creation of TIE, the PTC, AISH, and COHP, along with his many years as school head, Forrest has had a transformative, enduring imprint on the world of international schools,” said Bambi Betts, CEO of the Principals’ Training Center. “I can think of no other single colleague who has contributed so significantly to raising the bar on the professionalism and influence of our schools on teacher quality and thereby student learning.” In addition to his innumerable professional accomplishments, Mr. Broman has spent much of his career sharing his expertise with his peers and mentoring students, former students, friends, and colleagues. “Forrest built TIE by creating strong trusting relationships with school heads and staff from around the world. His dedication to excellence in international education and the leadership qualities he exemplified directly contributed to the growth of TIE as a newspaper and online recruiting resource,” said Brittany Betts, who will be promoted to TIE’s Chief Executive position. “Forrest will be greatly missed,” said Julie Thrasher, TIE’s Director of Schools. “He has been the backbone of our company since its inception in 1986. My colleagues and I feel fortunate to have worked with him and know that his leadership, generosity, and genuine kindness will be remembered by each and every one of us.”
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06/27/2019 - Sam
It is Heart Warming to read about Forrest.
A great man who established a great platform for teachers and schools to communicate and collaborate!
What I cannot believe is that Forrest is retiring!
He cannot just retire... I am sure he will find a new great thing to do!
04/12/2016 - Ana Bedoya
I have never met such an extraordinary person as Forrest.
His leadership and care for people is something difficult to find.
I had the honor of working with him at Escuela Campo Alegre , the international school in Caracas, Venezuela.
04/11/2016 - Jaime Comandari
Forrest, congratulations on your retirement!
TIE and your name have been part of my career. You worked long and hard for the world of international education. Thank you for being one of my mentors.
The best to you,
04/10/2016 - Dr. Steve
I never met the man but in a very real sense, TIE has been a part of my life for decades now.
04/08/2016 - Paola de Pereira
Congratulations for contributing to the world of international education in such a powerful way. You have been an inspiration to many and have helped to positively shape the professional environment of international educators. Thank you for your vision and your leadership, for capturing powerful stories in schools around the world, for celebrating educators, and for helping teachers and leaders to continuously grow as a global community!
04/07/2016 - Wolfie
I am very please to have known Forie for over 70 years. An outstanding student, the highest scoring in basketball in th HISTORY of West Bridgewater High School. Class president, student government reprsenative . Forie has excell far higher than anyone I know. A real kidder.
It has been a pleasure growing up with my next door neighbor , even though I had to listen to his slide trombone practice. We spent many, many hours playing BB together.