A Conversation With Three TASIS Legends
Posted 02/28/2019 09:30AM

In this episode of TASIS Stories, Director of Communications Mark Chevalier seeks to tap into the collective wisdom of three TASIS legends—Mark Aeschliman, Howard Stickley, and Bill Eichner—each of whom has devoted at least 35 years to the School and worn a number of hats along the way.

Bryan Soh ’18 helped produce this podcast.

Over the course of a 45-minute conversation in front of a crackling fire in Casa Fleming, Mr. Eichner, Mr. Aeschliman, and Mr. Stickley discussed everything from the circumstances that led them to TASIS (2:40, 3:24, and 6:04, respectively) to what Mr. Aeschliman thinks about being named a TASIS “lifer” (10:48). Other topics addressed include the following:


Mark Aeschliman

Mark Aeschliman joined the TASIS Faculty as an English Literature and Art History teacher and a dorm resident in January of 1979 and would later serve as Dean of the Postgraduate Program, a member of the School’s Governing Board and Administration, and a teacher of Humanities and Italian. He also founded IB Art History and IB Architecture programs at TASIS and has demonstrated such a clear mastery of the material he teaches that one graduating senior remarked, “I've never met someone who knew as much about a topic and loved it as much as Mr. Aeschliman does." In recognition of his expertise in the classroom and his remarkable commitment to the students of TASIS over the course of decades, Mr. Aeschliman was named a Khan-Page Master Teacher—the highest honor accorded to a faculty member—in 2010.


Howard Stickley

Howard Stickley started at TASIS in September of 1981 as a teacher of History, Math, and English as an Additional Language and would go on to Chair the Science Department while also teaching Biology and Environmental Science. For the past ten years, he’s pulled double duty as the School’s IB Coordinator and UK College Counselor, helping hundreds of students achieve International Baccalaureate Diplomas and hundreds more gain admission to excellent schools all over the United Kingdom.


Bill Eichner

Bill Eichner joined the TASIS family in the fall of 1983 and initially taught Art History and Photography to Postgraduate students. Following one year at the now-defunct TASIS Cyprus, he spent a year helping TASIS Founder M. Crist Fleming open a new school—TASIS France—before returning to Lugano to serve as Academic Dean in 1987, a position he held for 10 years as he helped usher the School through a period of great transition. He became the Director of Admissions in 1998 and has spent the past 20 years recruiting students from all corners of the world. In 2017, Mr. Eichner was granted the title of Director of Institutional Advancement to give formal recognition to the fact that he has been an indispensable and increasingly important constant as the TASIS landscape has evolved over time.