President's Statements

October 31, 2022

From: AUC President
Subject: Updates on Devaluation Impact

As we announced on Thursday, we are working to assess the full impact of the recent EGP devaluation on all aspects of our operation and on various members of our community.

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October 27, 2022

From: AUC President
Subject: Impact of Currency Devaluation

Earlier today, the Egyptian pound devalued against the US dollar. While it is too early to anticipate the impact across all areas of our operations, we are carefully assessing the situation and preparing appropriate measures. We will be sharing more information about these measures shortly.

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October 5, 2022

From: AUC President
Subject: AUC’s Participation in COP27

A few weeks from now, AUC will participate in COP27, an important national and global event focused on climate change that will be held in Egypt for the first time. 

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September 12, 2022

From: AUC President
Subject: Condolences

I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to you all on the passing of an esteemed member of our community, former Chairman of AUC’s Board of Trustees and Advisory Trustee Paul B. Hannon.

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September 4, 2022

From: AUC President
Subject: Welcome to Fall 2022

Today marks the official start of the 2022-2023 academic year. I take this opportunity to welcome everyone back to campus.

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July 5, 2022

From: AUC President
Subject: Senior Appointments: VP for Institutional Advancement, University Architect and Director of US Government Relations

I am pleased to announce the appointments of Mr. Richard Brow as vice president for institutional advancement and alumni relations, Dr. Khaled Tarabieh as university architect, and Mr. Mena Hanna as director of government relations in Washington, DC.

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June 23, 2022

From: AUC President
Subject: End of Year Message from the President

This week marks several important milestones to commemorate the end of another successful academic year at AUC. We returned to a University-wide commencement for the undergraduate and graduate Class of 2022 in two ceremonies that brought together all of the faculty, graduates and families in what is perhaps the single most iconic event in the life of a university.

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May 23, 2022

From: AUC President
Subject: Mental Health Initiative Kickoff Event

Mental health and wellbeing are critically important for our campus community. Before the global pandemic, studies have shown a considerable increase in mental health challenges throughout the world, and the need to address mental health has especially been a growing trend in universities. In the last two years, COVID-19 severely impacted the mental health of university students and communities and raised our awareness of the need to address these challenges. 

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March 17, 2022

From: Mark Turnage
Subject: Chair, Board of Trustees

I am pleased to share with you the appointment of AUC alumnus Hisham El-Khazindar ’96 to serve as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees elected him at its last meeting in February.

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February 20, 2022

From: AUC President
Subject: John Kerry Climate Change Address on Campus

Tomorrow, AUC will host a special address by John Kerry, US President Joe Biden’s Special Envoy for Climate. We are pleased that AUC continues to serve the same role it has played for more than a century in bringing thought leaders from around the world to discuss topics of global importance.

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January 27, 2022

From: AUC President
Subject: Teaching Modality for the Start of Spring 2022

To ensure an orderly start to the semester given the disruption we will face with the number of people who are currently isolated or sick, we will begin the semester as scheduled, but we are introducing a two-week transition period to online instruction during the two weeks from Sunday, January 30 to Saturday, February 12, 2022.

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January 23, 2022

From: AUC President
Subject: Preparing for Spring 2022

I would like to start by expressing my deepest gratitude to the many members of the AUC community — faculty, students, staff — who have been working hard to see us complete Fall 2021 as our first fully face-to-face semester since the pandemic began. This is no small feat as we enter Spring 2022, equally determined to deliver the semester safely and prudently face-to-face.

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January 13, 2022

From: AUC President
Subject: Farewell to Vice President Bruce Flessner

Please join me in thanking our colleague Mr. Bruce W. Flessner, Vice President for Advancement and Americas for his contributions during his tenure at AUC. 

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January 13, 2022

From: AUC President
Subject: Mourning the Loss of Former AUC President Donald McDonald

It is with sadness that I share the news of the death of former AUC President Donald McDonald, who served as AUC's President from 1990 to 1997. 

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January 4, 2022

From: AUC President
Subject: Appointment of Mohamed Hamza as University Counselor

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mohamed Hamza as the University Counselor. A member of the University’s senior leadership group, Hamza serves a critical role in maintaining AUC’s collaborative relationships with Egyptian universities, the Supreme Council of Universities and the Government of Egypt. 

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November 24, 2021

From: AUC President
Subject: Bidding Farewell to Counselor Ashraf Hatem

Please join me in bidding farewell to our dear colleague Ashraf Hatem, University Counselor, whose contributions, service and dedication to AUC are exemplary. Hatem has become a close colleague and friend to many in the community during his years at AUC. 

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November 16, 2021

From: AUC President
Subject: Condolences - Sami Akabawi

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Sami Akabawi. Akabawi was a professor of information systems in the Department of Management.

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November 17, 2021

From: AUC President
Subject: Condolences - Dr. Mahmoud Ellozy

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the death of Professor Emeritus Dr. Mahmoud Ellozy. Dr. Ellozy retired from AUC in 2020, after spending over 30 years as a member of the AUC faculty, first in the Department of Comparative English Literature, and more recently in the Department of the Arts.

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