Mark Iver Sylte, Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for school administration. In turn, the executive director delegates many of the responsibilities for day-to-day operations to his administrative team, including the director of academic affairs, the five division heads and their respective assistants and other administrative officers.

Mr. Sylte graduated from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1983. After working for several years, he returned to school to earn a Master’s Degree in Russian and Chinese History from Cornell University in 1989. He then moved overseas to Asia, working and continuing his studies, including time as a Fulbright-Hayes dissertation fellow in Vladivostok, Russia, researching in the State Archives and the Communist Party Archives of the former Soviet Union, and on a Hu Shih Fellowship at the Academia Sinica in Taiwan. He remains joyously ABD to this day.

He and his wife, Hsiaoling Chung, returned newly married to the States in 1996 to begin careers in private, independent boarding schools on the east coast of the United States. Mark first served the Lawrenceville School outside Princeton, New Jersey for eleven years as a classroom teacher and department chair before moving to Saint Andrew’s School, an Episcopal day-boarding school in Boca Raton, Florida where he was Head of Upper School. He and his family next moved overseas to Shanghai in 2010, where he was appointed as Head of School for Yew Chung International School of Shanghai (Gubei) before moving to Vietnam in 2013 as Head of School for Saigon South International School in Ho Chi Minh City, a 1060-student private, independent, international school.

Mark and Hsiaoling have been married for twenty years. They have four children: one is studying history, economics, and East Asian Studies at McGill University in Montreal, another one studying Hotel Management at Hong Kong Polytechnic, and two more who attend ASF.