ICETE's origins are rooted in the emergence of networks of evangelical theological schools in the majority world during the late 1960s and early 1970s. From among these new associations came a call for some means by which they might be in regular contact and collaboration at the international level. The WEA Theological Commission agreed to sponsor the project, and ICETE was formed in March 1980. In the years since its founding ICETE has become the established forum for dialogue and cooperation among evangelical theological educators internationally. ICETE has also taken a leading role in fostering renewal and excellence in evangelical theological education globally. ICETE's membership now covers all major regions of the world. ICETE's past International Directors were: Paul Bowers (1980-82); Robert Youngblood (1983-88); Roger Kemp (1989-97); and Dieumeme Noelliste (2000-06); Paul Sanders (2006-2012). The current ICETE International Director is Riad Kassis of Lebanon (2013- ).