Former Columbia Dean Named President of American University in CairoBy American University In Cairo, PRNE
Sunday, October 24, 2010
CAIRO, October 25, 2010 - The Board of Trustees of the American University in Cairo (AUC) has
announced the selection of Lisa Anderson as the university's next president.
Anderson will replace David D. Arnold who will be stepping down in December.
Anderson has served as the university's provost since 2008. Prior to joining
AUC as its chief academic officer, Anderson served as the James T. Shotwell
Professor of International Relations at Columbia University, as well as the
former dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia.
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In making the announcement, Richard A. Bartlett, chairperson of the
university's Board of Trustees, noted that Anderson is uniquely suited for
this position. "Dr. Anderson," Bartlett said, "is a renowned scholar
recognized internationally for her research and scholarship on politics in
the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, she is a highly skilled
administrator and leader who has made significant contributions to the
university since being appointed provost, including the creation of the
university's first PhD program, the establishment of three new schools and
building the size and quality of the faculty."
Prior to being dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at
Columbia, Anderson was the chair of the political science department at the
university. She also served as the director of Columbia's Middle East
Institute. Before joining Columbia, she was assistant professor of government
and social studies at Harvard University.
Bartlett pointed out that Anderson becomes the university's 11th
president at a critical time in its history. "The university has completed
its move to the new campus and is now turning its attention to ensuring that
the university utilizes both of its campuses - AUC New Cairo and AUC Downtown
- to provide our students with the highest quality education from a leading
Anderson said that she was "honored by the confidence the board of
trustees has extended to me in making this appointment, and I look forward to
working with them closely as we make AUC the center of excellence in higher
education in the Middle East." Anderson also thanked her predecessor for the
contributions he has made to the university. "As we all look to the
university's future," Anderson said, "it is with deep appreciation for the
contributions President Arnold has made to this university."
Anderson is the author of Pursuing Truth, Exercising Power: Social
Science and Public Policy in the Twenty-first Century (Columbia University
Press, 2003), The State and Social Transformation in Tunisia and Libya,
1830-1980 (Princeton University Press, 1986), editor of Transitions to
Democracy (Columbia University Press, 1999) and coeditor of The Origins of
Arab Nationalism (Columbia 1991). She is the past president of the Middle
East Studies Association, chair of the board of directors of the Social
Science Research Council, former member of the Council of the American
Political Science Association and AUC's Board of Trustees. In addition,
Anderson serves on the board of the Carnegie Council on Ethics in
International Affairs, is a member emerita of the board of Human Rights
Watch, where she served as co-chair of Human Rights Watch/Middle East, and is
a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Anderson holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in law and
diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She earned a PhD in
political science from Columbia University, 1981, where she also received a
certificate from the Middle East Institute. She was awarded an honorary
doctor of laws from Monmouth University in 2002.
The American University in Cairo (AUC) was founded 91 years ago 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.
Egypt: Rehab Saad El-Domiati, +202-2615-3705, Cell: +2-016-881-5048, rehabsaad at aucegypt.edu, or United States: Morgan Roth, +1-646-810-9420, Cell: +1-646-341-7436, mroth at aucnyo.edu, both of AUC
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