Mission Statement of Athens College

The mission of Athens College is to provide, by international standards, the highest quality education to the most deserving candidates and to cultivate in its students those habits of mind, body, and spirit necessary for responsible citizenship in Greece and the world; moral courage, intellectual discipline, compassion, and an unswerving devotion to justice and truth..

Our goal is to instill in our students, by teaching and by example, a strong sense of measure (metrov). We seek thereby to secure in them the bond between learning and judgment and the affiliation of intelligence and responsibility. Thus we do honor the enduring values embodied in the tradition of both Greece and America. Thus do we cultivate a deep respect for the Greek heritage in all its richness and complexity..

Athens College was established in the mid 1920’s by two groups of progressively minded philanthropists, one in Greece and one in the United States of America. They formed two distinct but interlinked organizations in Greece- “The Hellenic American Educational Foundation (HAEF)" popularly known as Athens College, represented by the Board of Directors and “The Trustees of Athens College in Greece,” in the state of New York, know as The Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees in the U.S. participate equally with the Board of Directors in Greece in setting strategic direction and in making major strategic decisions. In addition, the Board of Trustees manage the endowment, coordinate U.S. development, recruit and compensate the American President and administer many U.S.-based programs including faculty development and fundraising.

The U.S. Board of Trustees as a whole represents a variety of professional and academic disciplines. The Trustees are the standard bearers of the school's mission. They provide both guidance and resources to further the work of school and ensure its future. The Board of Trustees is an organization described in section 170(c)(2) and 501(c)(3) and of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.