Board of Directors


The TASIS Schools and Summer Programs are owned by the TASIS Foundation, a not-for-profit educational foundation registered in Delémont, Switzerland. The Foundation Board maintains oversight of all of the TASIS schools and programs. Like all TASIS schools, TASIS Portugal is responsible for its fiscal and operating policies. The TASIS Portugal board is responsible for creating a shared vision and strategic direction for the school’s future. The board also provides the oversight to maintain the standards and ethos under which it was founded, to adhere to the school's mission and to ensure the long-term financial viability of the school.

Fernando L. Gonzales, Chairman of the Board

Chairman, TASIS Portugal Board of Directors
Chairman, TASIS England Board of Directors                       
Member, TASIS Switzerland Board of Directors
Member, TASIS Foundation Board of Directors

Mr. Gonzalez has been associated with TASIS since 1972 in several instructional, administrative, and executive roles. A graduate of Phillips Academy Andover, he holds a B.A. from Harvard University in visual studies and studied architecture at the Harvard School of Design. He was chairman of the art department at TASIS, was administrative director of the TASIS Schools for 20 years, served as interim headmaster of TASIS England in 2004, and has also served on the governing boards of all three TASIS schools, including the Puerto Rican school TASIS Dorado, which he founded. His two sons graduated from TASIS England. He lives with his wife in Puerto Rico, where he is president of the TASIS Dorado School and restores houses through his company, Design & Build.

David V. Hicks, Vice-Chairman

Vice-Chairman, TASIS Portugal Board of Directors
Vice-Chairman, TASIS Foundation Board of Directors

Mr. Hicks attended Princeton University and after taking his A.B. there, read for an M.A. at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and on the staff of the U.S. Naval War College, and has been the headmaster of several prominent independent schools, including St. Mark’s in Texas, St. Paul’s in New Hampshire, and Darlington in Georgia. His book on K-12 education, Norms & Nobility, won the American Library Association’s award as the outstanding book on education in 1981 and has been frequently reprinted. Scribner published his and his brother’s new translation of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations, entitled The Emperor’s Handbook. Mr. Hicks also served as chief academic officer for the Meritas Family of Schools from 2006-15. He lives with his wife in rural Montana.