Miles Alexander Horsley

Miles Alexander Horsley

Miles Alexander Horsley, founding headmaster of Atlanta International School, died Dec. 1 after a battle with cancer, the school announced.

Horsley, 67, whose 45-year career as an educator spanned six continents, led the Buckhead-based school during its first 10 years, the school said. AIS enrolled its first students in 1985, said Courtney Fowler, AIS spokeswoman.

“Students remember him as larger than life, often calling him ‘the Gentle Giant,’” the school said in a press release. “He remained endeared to them because he always put them first, taking a genuine interest in each one.”

AIS’ Early Learning Center, scheduled to open in August, is named the Alex Horsley Building in his honor. His last public appearance was at the Nov. 15 ground-breaking ceremony.

Horsley, born in the United Kingdom, frequently chaired accreditation teams for the Council of International Schools (CIS) and championed the 42-year-old International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO), with its international curricular framework that eases the transition of students from one international school to another throughout the world.

He also served as executive director of the Atlanta Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) and as executive director of CASIE, a consultancy service to support implementation of IB programs throughout the United States.