Richard A. Debs, chairman emeritus of the AUB Board of Trustees, has served as a trustee since 1976. He was chairman of the Board of the Trustees from 1994 to June 2005, then elected to emeritus status.
Dr. Debs is also an advisory director for Morgan Stanley and a member of its International Advisory Board, having retired as president of Morgan Stanley International in 1987.
Previously, Dr. Debs served as the chief operating officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and as an alternate member of the Federal Open Market Committee. He is the US chairman of the Bretton Woods Commission, past chairman and a member of the New York Stock Exchange International Committee, vice chairman of the US Saudi Arabian Business Council, a member of the Group of Thirty and chairman of its Study Group on Eastern Europe.
Dr. Debs has also served as an advisor to the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Russian American Bankers Forum and the Reuters Carnegie Public Policy Series.
He is chairman emeritus of Carnegie Hall, where he continues to serve on the Executive Committee, and a trustee for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He also works with the Institute of International Education, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, and several international business and financial corporations.
Dr. Debs is a member of the Foreign Policy Association, Overseas Development Council, Economic Club of New York, Japan Society, American Council on Germany, and the Council on Foreign Relations, where he served on the Middle East Economic Strategy Group.
Dr. Debs graduated summa cum laude from Colgate University. He holds an MA and PhD from Princeton, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt, where he subsequently held a joint Harvard-Princeton research fellowship on Islamic law. He also has an LlB from Harvard Law School, and an Honorary Doctorate from AUB.
His recent book entitled Islamic Law and Civil Code: The Law of Property in Egypt was published by Columbia University Press in July 2010.
Dr. Debs is married to Dr. Barbara Knowles Debs, former president of Manhattanville College and of The New-York Historical Society.