July 01, 2015

Ludo Scheffer Elected Board Chair at International House Philadelphia

International House Philadelphia is pleased to announce that Ludo Scheffer, PhD has been elected Chair of its Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2015.  Scheffer, 54, has served as a Board Trustee at International House Philadelphia for one year.  He is a Teaching Professor in Drexel University’s Department of Psychology and Director of Drexel’s Undergraduate Studies Program in Psychology.  He is also Chair of Drexel University’s Faculty Senate.


“I am honored to serve as Board Chair for International House Philadelphia, which provides a diverse, welcoming community for scholars from around the world while introducing them to the American experience and our great city,” Scheffer said.  “As Board Chair, I look forward to working closely with our Trustees and Tanya Steinberg, President and CEO of International House Philadelphia, to build an even brighter future for this dynamic organization, which has served the community for more than a century.”


Scheffer came to Philadelphia from his homeland, The Netherlands, in 1988 to pursue his doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  After enrolling at Penn, he lived at International House for six years.  During his stay at International House Philadelphia, Scheffer organized a monthly Speaker Series, served as a Resident Fellow and received the organization’s Community Service Award.  His service included volunteering for and directing a Creative Arts program for homeless families that was offered at Drexel’s Museum and later moved to Penn’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.


“Living at International House Philadelphia enriched my life.  I became part of a truly global community that encourages understanding, respect and cooperation among people of all nations,” Scheffer said.  “It was amazing experience, and I have stayed connected with International House over the years as an alumnus and Trustee.”


Scheffer succeeds James Papada, III, who served as Board Chair from 1994 to 1997 and 2009 to 2015 before stepping down as Chair of the Board in June 2015.  Papada has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1982 and will continue to serve as a Trustee.


“On behalf of the entire Board, I want to thank Jim for his extraordinary leadership and his dedicated service to International House Philadelphia,” Scheffer said.


International House Philadelphia’s facility at 3701 Chestnut Street provides housing for students, scholars and professional trainees from as many as 95 countries, including the United States.  International House Philadelphia is also renowned for offering an array of high-quality international films, arts and cultural programs that broaden the horizons of its residents and the Greater Philadelphia community. 


Scheffer, a Dutch citizen and permanent resident of the United States, resides in Philadelphia and has one son.  He has served a number of community organizations in the areas of soccer, dance, education for recent immigrants and refugees, and housing rights.


Visit www.ihphilly.org to learn more about International House Philadelphia – Where the World Lives and Learns.