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Fadlo Khuri appointed AUB President
First Lebanese to hold this post
Fadlo Khuri was elected by the board of trustees at the American University of Beirut (AUB) as the 16th president of the university. He is the first Lebanese-American to hold this post. He succeeds Peter Dorman, who has served AUB since his appointment in March 2008.
The announcement today followed an intensive international search commissioned by the AUB board of trustees that included direct input from AUB faculty, students and staff and from worldwide alumni. Several candidates have been considered for the post including Dr. Mohamed H. Sayegh, Vice President of Medical Affairs and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the AUB.
Khuri was born in Boston, Massachusetts and brought up in Beirut, where he attended AUB from 1981-82. He earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University, in New Haven and his MD from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, in New York.
“It is a privilege to have been selected to lead AUB into its 150th year,” said Khuri. He said that he will engage the AUB community in Lebanon, in the Arab world and around the globe, fully aware of his responsibility to help steward the mission of this university.
Khuri is presently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine and holds the Roberto Goizueta Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research.
He also serves as Deputy Director for the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Khuri was recently appointed Executive Associate Dean for Research of the Emory University School of Medicine.
Khuri has chaired the AUB Medical School International Advisory Committee since 2010. He currently serves as chair of the education committee of the Atlanta International School board of trustees.
He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA and his fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at the Tufts-New England Medical Center.
“These are challenging times, but are exciting and transformative times for academic institutions everywhere,” Khuri said.
“I am confident that working together, we in the AUB community are uniquely capable of serving our students, our alumni, our patients and our global community with great distinction.”
Reported by Rania Ghanem
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Mar 20, 2015
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