The American University of Armenia — President

The American University of Armenia (AUA), an independent institution of higher education located in Yerevan, Armenia, seeks an accomplished and dynamic new President. AUA’s next President will join a thriving university at an exciting time in the institution’s history and the country’s development. The AUA presidency is an exceptional opportunity for a dedicated, entrepreneurial, and skilled professional to help educate future leaders in Armenia and help build a sustainable institution. AUA’s graduates are increasingly stepping into important roles in the civic and business leadership of the country and beyond. With its American educational system, the University plays a unique role in the country as a center for research and learning and as a bridge to other institutions. The successful candidate will represent the best of the values of American higher education, demonstrate impeccable ethical values and behavior, and display excellent diplomatic skills and cultural sensitivity.

In a relatively short period, AUA has established itself as a leading intellectual force in the country. The University opened in 1991 with 101 students in three graduate programs in a Soviet-era facility. Thirty years later, AUA has enhanced and grown its facilities with modern classrooms, auditoriums, offices, and a student residence. More than 2,000 students are enrolled across twelve graduate and eight undergraduate degree programs. It has an Open Education Program that offers continuing education or preparatory courses to more than 3,000 students annually. The University has six research centers and six recently established Open Centers of Excellence to address critical national and international problems. AUA has an excellent English-language library serving more than 15,000 patrons from within and outside of the University. 

The University is licensed by the Ministry of Education of Armenia and is accredited through WASC Senior College and University Commission, one of seven regional accrediting agencies recognized by the United States Department of Education and. AUA also enjoys a strong and enduring affiliation with the University of California. These recognitions are testaments to the quality and rigor of AUA’s curricular and co-curricular programs. AUA has received strong support from the American and Armenian governments for its mission and programs. The University has also received strong philanthropic support with endowments that now approximate $120 million. 

The next President will be an engaged and motivational leader who will inspire further growth of the University’s academic programs, facilities, and enrollments from Armenia and abroad. They will oversee the growth of additional undergraduate and graduate degree programs and enhanced research activity. The University aims to expand its facilities, including the addition of a dedicated science and engineering building with several science labs and instructional spaces to diversify learning and accommodate students from Armenia and abroad. The President will help fundraise and expand the University’s endowment to support such growth. 

Applications, Inquires, and Nominations

Applications, which should include a resume or curriculum vitae and a letter describing the applicant’s interest in this leadership position and the experiences and skills that will enable them to meet the challenges outlined in this invitation, should be sent to the following electronic mailbox: Electronic submission of materials is strongly preferred. Inquiries and nominations may also be sent to the web address cited above or directed to:

Sean Farrell & Hannah Moore
Isaacson, Miller
1800 K Street, NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20006