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History of the Office

Fadlo R. Khuri September 2015-Present

Fadlo, R. Khuri, MD, the 16th president of the university, was elected in March 2015 and assumed office in September 2015. Read More



  Makhluf Haddadin July-August 2015 Acting



Peter F. Dorman 2008-June 2015

Peter F. Dorman who was born at the American University Hospital – returned to the land of his birth to become AUB’s 15th president on July 1, 2008. Read More


John Waterbury 1997-2008

John Waterbury became the fourteenth president of AUB in January 1998 and the first president to reside in Beirut since 1984. Read More


David S. Dodge 1996-1997

David S. Dodge was appointed president of AUB on December 20, 1996 where he remained until 1997. Read More


Robert M. Haddad 1993-1996

Robert M. Haddad became the first Arab-American to assume the post of president at AUB in 1993. Read More


Frederic P. Herter 1987-1993

Frederic P. Herter, an AUB Trustee since 1977 he was elected chairman of the board in 1985, and later appointed president in 1987. Read More




Raja Khuri June 1985-March 1986 Acting



Calvin Plimpton 1984-1987

In September 1984 the Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Calvin Plimpton as the tenth president of AUB, a position he held until 1987. Read More




  Samir K. Thabet 1984 Acting



Malcolm H. Kerr 1981-1984

The third president to be born in Lebanon, Malcolm Kerr, was appointed president of AUB in March 1982. Read More




  David S. Dodge1981-1982 Acting



Harold E. Hoelscher 1977-1981

The AUB Board of Trustees named Harold E. Hoelscher president effective July 1, 1977, where he remained until 1981. Read More



James Cowan1976-1977 Interim



Samuel B. Kirkwood 1965-1976

In November 1965, Samuel B. Kirkwood was appointed AUB's seventh president, where he remained until his retirement in 1976. Read More

Norman Burns 1961-1965

Before coming to AUB as president, Norman Burns held a number of important posts in international relations. Read More

J. Paul Leonard 1957-1961

J. Paul Leonard was inaugurated president of AUB at the Commencement ceremony on July 1, 1957. Read More



Constantin K. Zurayk 1954-1957 Acting



Stephen B.L. Penrose, Jr. 1948-1954

Stephen B.L. Penrose, Jr. was offered the job of president of AUB when Dodge retired in 1948. He accepted and was inaugurated at the opening of the 1948-49 academic year. Read More

Bayard Dodge 1923-1948

The inauguration of Bayard Dodge as third president was held on June 28, 1923, after Commencement exercises. Read More



Edward F. Nickoley1920-1923 Acting



Howard S. Bliss 1902-1920

Howard Bliss came to Beirut to assume the responsibilities of president of the Syrian Protestant College.  He was inaugurated in May 1903. Read More

Daniel Bliss 1866-1902

The Syrian Protestant College (SPC) opened its doors on the 3rd of December, 1866. It was a modest beginning with Daniel Bliss both president and teacher. Read More







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