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Announcing AUC's 12th President

March 3, 2016

I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has elected Francis J. Ricciardone as the 12th president of AUC. Frank currently serves as vice president and director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the U.S.-based Atlantic Council. A career diplomat with extensive knowledge of Egypt and the Middle East, Frank is uniquely equipped to lead AUC on the eve of its 100th anniversary of education and service to Egypt and the region.  
Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Frank served as U.S. ambassador to Turkey from 2011 to 2014 and U.S. ambassador to Egypt from 2005 to 2008, in addition to a number of other important assignments in the region. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College and was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy and a guest scholar at the US Institute of Peace. He speaks and reads Arabic, Italian, Turkish and French, as well as rudimentary Farsi. His wife, Dr. Marie Dunn Ricciardone, directs the Middle East collaboration programs of the Center for Global Health at the U.S. National Cancer Institute.
This appointment brings enriching new leadership to the University. Frank comes to the position with tremendous knowledge of the region, especially of Egypt, and with deep conviction about AUC’s legacy and its promise. Frank will assume office on July 1, 2016 and will be on campus in August. I hope you will find an opportunity to meet Frank and Marie as we welcome them to the AUC community and he begins to lead our cherished institution.
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The Board of Trustee’s selection of Frank followed the unanimous recommendation of the Presidential Search Committee. Their recommendation came after an extensive international search by the 13-member committee composed of 10 trustees and three faculty representatives. The process included surveys with faculty, staff, students, alumni and donors, campus forums, a screening of more than 100 candidates and meetings of the finalists with campus representatives. I would like to extend my appreciation to the members of the Presidential Search Committee, co-chaired by Trustees Farhad Kazemi, professor emeritus of politics and Middle Eastern Studies, New York University, and David Tirrell, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering, California Institute of Technology, for their role in bringing this critical process to such a successful conclusion.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank AUC Trustee Tom Thomason who will continue to serve as interim president for the remainder of the spring semester. We are deeply grateful for his able leadership of AUC during this time of transition.

Richard Bartlett
Board of Trustees


Formation of the Presidential Search Committee

July 22, 2015

The Board of Trustees of the American University in Cairo (AUC) announced today the formation of a Presidential Search Committee that will lead the international search for a successor to current AUC President Lisa Anderson. The Presidential Search Committee is comprised of 10 trustees and three AUC faculty members.

Trustee members of the Presidential Search Committee:

Dr.Farhard Kazemi (co-chair)

Professor Emeritus of Politics and Middle Eastern Studies, New York University

Dr. David A. Tirrell (co-chair)

Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Mr. Richard A. Bartlett

Managing Director of Resources Holdings, Ltd.

Dr. Eva Bellin

Myra and Robert Kraft Professor of Arab Politics, Brandeis University

Ms. Lisa Brown

Vice President and General Counsel, Georgetown University

Dr. Atef Eltoukhy

Chairman of Aurum Capital Management

Mr. Hisham El-Khazindar

Co-Founder and Managing Director of Qalaa Holdings

Mr. Paul J. Lawler

Former Vice President of Finance and Investments and Chief Investment Officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Trust

Mr. Philip Maritz

Managing Director, Broadreach Capital Management

Dr. Sadek Wahba

Managing Partner, I Squared Capital


AUC faculty members on the Presidential Search Committee:

Dr. Nathaniel Bowditch

Dean of AUC’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Laila El Baradei

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research for the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Public Policy and Administration

Dr. Adham Ramadan

Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor of Chemistry and Faculty Member at the Yousef Jameel Science and Technology Research Center


The Presidential Search Committee has engaged Russell Reynolds Associates, a global leader in assessment, recruitment and succession planning with educational institutions to find key leaders, to help with the search for President Anderson’s successor.

“The selection of AUC’s next president is an event of great consequence. ” said Richard Bartlett, chairman of AUC’s Board of Trustees. “The University plays a vital role in a pivotal country in a critical region of the world.  We look forward to identifying a compelling candidate to lead our ambitious program as AUC prepares to enter its second century of service to Egypt and the world.”

All inquiries should be directed to Russell Reynolds Associates, attention Meredith Rosenberg, AUC.president@russellreynolds.com.

The American University in Cairo (AUC) was founded in 1919 and is major contributor to the social, political and cultural life of the Arab Region. It is a vital bridge between East and West, linking Egypt and the region to the world through scholarly research, partnerships with academic and research institutions, and study abroad programs. An independent, nonprofit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal opportunity institution, AUC is fully accredited in Egypt and the United States.

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