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Daniel Bliss Society

​Demonstrating leadership. Inspiring others. 

The Daniel Bliss Society was established in 1986, and since then a select group of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends have demonstrated their commitment to AUB by joining, or renewing their membership to this leadership. 

The society is named in memory of Daniel Bliss, AUB’s founder and first president (1866-1902). Daniel Bliss spoke and wrote often during his life about how the survival and early success of the Syrian Protestant College, as AUB was known at that time, depended on “the loving thought, the firm purpose, [and] the liberal gifts of men far beyond the sea and ocean.”  AUB is still sustained by “liberal” gifts from men and women whose generous contributions support AUB’s mission to serve the peoples of the Middle East and beyond.   These individuals are the backbone of the Daniel Bliss Society. 

What Daniel Bliss Society Members Support:
Gifts from Daniel Bliss Society members enhance academic and faculty programs, laboratories, libraries, student services, and financial aid awards.  Donors can be confident in the knowledge that their gifts benefit today’s students and help guarantee a bright future for Lebanon and the region.

Membership Benefits:
In appreciation, AUB invites Daniel Bliss Society members to attend special university events held regionally and nationally, including the annual President’s Reception. These events are an exclusive opportunity to meet with the president, faculty, and deans and to mingle with AUB alumni. For a complete list of benefits please click here.

Join the Daniel Bliss Society:
You can become a member of the Daniel Bliss Society by contributing $1,000 or more annually to one of AUB’s four annual funds (Alumni Fund, Parents Fund, Faculty & Staff Fund, and Friends Fund.). Daniel Bliss Society Members are recognized at the following levels:

Green Field Circle                       
($1,000 - $4,999)

Green Oval Circle                       
($5,000 - $9,999)

West Hall Circle                          
($10,000 - $24,999)

Assembly Hall Circle                   
($25,000 - $49,999)

Main Gate Circle                         

Youth Leadership Membership:
To encourage recent graduates to join the Daniel Bliss Society, AUB has established a special category of membership for AUB alumni who have graduated within the last fifteen years (and are younger than a specific age 35 yrs). If you make a Youth Leadership gift (between $100 and $500 depending on year of graduation), you will automatically qualify for membership in the Green Field Circle. Recent graduates who contribute $1,000 or more annually to one of AUB’s four annual funds will qualify for membership in the Green Field, Green Oval, West Hall, Assembly Hall, or Main Gate Circles as detailed above.


  • Classes of 2015-17: $100
  • Classes of 2012-14: $200
  • Classes of 2009-11: $300
  • Classes of 2006-08: $400
  • Classes of 2003-05: $500

You can join the Daniel Bliss Society by contributing an annual leadership gift at AUB:
• Visit to make your contribution securely on-line.
• Send your gift by check, payable to AUB, to an office below that best corresponds with your region.    
• Call an AUB office in Beirut or New York to make your contribution by phone.
• You can also pledge and make multiple payments toward your membership. Please call an office below for more information.


New York Office
Sujatha Vempaty
Associate Director of Development
Office of Advancement
American University of Beirut
3 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10017-2303
Tel: 212-583-7672
Fax: 212-583-7651

Beirut Office
Nadia Hassan
Annual Fund Officer
Office of Advancement
American University of Beirut
P.O. Box 11-0236
Riad El-Solh, Beirut 1107 2020
Phone: + 961-1- 340-176, x 2638
Fax: 961-1-361535




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