Founded in 1866, the American University of Beirut is a teaching-centered research university based on the American liberal arts model of higher education. AUB has over 8,000 students and 800 faculty members. The University encourages freedom of thought and expression and seeks to graduate men and women committed to creative and critical thinking, lifelong learning, personal integrity, civic responsibility, and leadership.
AUB is accredited in the US by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and includes six faculties: Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Engineering and Architecture, Agricultural and Food Sciences, Health Sciences, and Business. AUB offers more than 130 programs leading to bachelor's, master's, MD, and PhD degrees. The main language of instruction is English.
Learn more about how you can join the American University of Beirut. AUB seeks applicants with a proven record of academic excellence, intellectual vitality, and civic responsibility. In accordance with its founding mission and its equal opportunity policy, the University admits students regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, or nationality.
The vibrant and dynamic research environment at AUB enhances the educational experience for all and serves the wider communities—local and global—by advancing knowledge in a wide range of disciplines.
Recognizing and honoring our responsibility for others has been an integral part of AUB’s mission since the earliest days. Today, AUB is at the forefront of addressing the most pressing concerns of this country, this region, and its people.
To ensure the University can continue to inspire current and future generations of smart and able students who can rise to this challenge, we are embarking on a transformative capital campaign, BOLDLY AUB: The Campaign to Lead, Innovate, and Serve.
Mary Jaber Nachar is the first female vice president for administration and chief of staff at the American University of Beirut (AUB). With an extensive managerial portfolio and deep institutional knowledge, she has served in several leadership positions at AUB over the last 20 years. She currently oversees the university’s operation through all units, including protection, benefits, human resources, communications, physical plant, facilities, strategic planning and process improvement, enterprise risk management, and the Equity/Title IX office.
Jaber holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from AUB and is a certified professional in human resources and compensation (CPHRC).
She joined AUB in 2001 to hold several key administrative posts, beginning at the office of the vice president for administration and soon after as senior HR officer with the VP for human resources for more than seven years. In early 2013, she was selected to assist the chief operating officer (COO). Upon the appointment of Dr. Fadlo R. Khuri as AUB president in 2015, Jaber became chief of staff, working within the leadership team and with key constituents across a broad spectrum of the university. In 2017, and until she was appointed as vice president in 2020, she served as associate vice president for administration and was able to develop and transform units through a new structure and streamlined processes.
Vice President Mary Jaber has been bridging the gaps between administrative strategy and execution and shepherding AUB’s strategic plan into implementation. She builds strong collaborative relationships in the areas under her purview as well as across the university and medical center, spanning both academic and administrative units, as well as with the Workers and Staff Syndicate, AUB’s Debs Center in New York, and the university’s Board of Trustees. She has played a leadership role in AUB’s strategic planning team and has helped develop the new campus master plan and university strategic plan VITAL 2030.
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