After 22 years of dedication to our community, Iris Gross is retiring as Executive Director of The International Center (TIC). In her years of service, Iris has made many contributions to the advancement of cultural intelligence in our educational institutions across Alabama, as well as in business communities right here in Birmingham and in other countries. Under her leadership, TIC went from an annual cultural festival to a fully developed center of education, global business and networking. 

She has been a friend and confidant to many and has positively touched the lives of a huge, diverse portion of our community, including and especially people in need. A highlight of her accomplishments at TIC and in Birmingham have been listed below as a thank you for everything Iris has done for the people of Alabama and abroad.

As a token of our gratitude, we have set up the Iris Gross Appreciation Fund to help Iris in the next phase of her life. If you would like to make a donation to this fund, please visit or send your contribution to The International Center at 1500 1st Avenue North, Unit 98, Birmingham, AL 35203 and designate your gift to the Appreciation Fund. 

Iris will retire at the end of July. Please join us in wishing her all the best in her future endeavors.


The Iris Gross Appreciation Fund Committee

Robert Baugh
Dave Carder
Marty Connors
Stewart Dansby
Carnetta Davis
Norman Davis
Della Fancher
Mark Froehlich
Elmer Harris
Craft O’Neal
Tanveer Patel
Helen Mills Pittman
Frances Verstandig
Dr. Andrew Westmoreland
Dr. Jeanna Westmoreland
Frank M. Young, III

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