Via an email from the American University of Armenia (AUA) Press Office we receive the following news about the AGBU-funded institution:
American University of Armenia President Dr. Haroutune K. Armenian announced his retirement at the April 20 meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees. He will continue to serve during the search for a new president.
Dr. Armenian assumed the presidency of the University in January 1997, having previously served as Dean of AUA’s College of Health Sciences. Under his leadership, the University achieved accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, focused its research activities on local and regional issues, developed modern physical facilities encompassing four buildings in Yerevan, recruited its first international students, increased collaboration with local universities, and sponsored several initiatives whose impact extends beyond the University. Two examples are the AUA Digital Library Project, which has developed an electronic version of Classical Armenian literature from the fifth to the end of the twentieth century and the Turpanjian Rural Development Project, which offers entrepreneurship training and helps develop small businesses in rural areas of Armenia.
Judson King, Interim Chair of AUA’s Board, expressed admiration and thanks for Armenian’s many years of excellent and energetic service and for all his contributions to the development of the university. King stated “Haroutune Armenian has much to be proud of as he completes his years as President of AUA. We are all grateful for what he has done.”
A native of Beirut, Dr. Armenian is a graduate of the American University of Beirut and of Johns Hopkins University. He was Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at AUB and as well as Director of the MPH Program and Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. He is currently Professor-in-Residence at the UCLA School of Public Health and Visiting Professor at the King Saud University in Riyadh.
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