AUB New York - The Debs Center

​Welcome to the American University of Beirut’s New York Office, the Debs Center, the University’s administrative and cultural headquarters in North America located in the heart of midtown Manhattan in New York, New York. The Debs Center is dedicated to promoting AUB’s wealth of knowledge through cultural and social events including the monthly Beirut Briefings, and strengthening connections between AUB and the Americas through the its Alumni Chapters.

If you are a potential student, alumnus, donor, friend, researcher, or new to our university community and curious about Lebanon and the Middle East, contact us or attend one of our events in the Debs Center or around the country.

​​​New York Office Timeline:

Before 1919, University affairs in New York City are conducted out of the offices of the chairman of the Board of Trustees. 

​1919 

In 1919, AUB's New York Office (NYO) is established at 18 East 41st Street. It shares space with the Near East College Association (NECA), which includes The Constantinople Women's College and Robert's College, Constantinople. The office is headed by Albert W. Staub. 

1930s 

In the 1930s, the AUB NYO shares services and space with the NECA and moves to 50 West 50th Street. 

1960s 

By the 1960s, the AUB NYO has grown to the point of needing an independent space.  NECAchanges its name to International Institutional Services (IIS), located at 548 Fifth Avenue.  In 1964, AUB moves to its first standalone offices at 555 Fifth Avenue. 

1970s 

In the early 1970s the NYO is located at 305 East 45th Street. A gas leak explosion caused a fire destroys the office.  For the next several years, AUB's offices are located at 380 Madison Avenue.   

1988 - 2003 

The NYO relocates to a larger space at 850 Third Avenue. IIS (International Institutional Services) is dissolved in the 1990s.   

2003 - present 

AUB purchases the condominium at 3 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza (aka 305 East 47th Street), and in 2005, it names the New York Office in honor of Dr. Richard A. Debs, Chairman of the Board of Trustees (1995-2005). Eileen F. O'Connor is the first director of the New York Office, the Debs Center. ​​​​

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Architectural photo: Lobby and boardroom

Chairman emeritus since 2005 and trustee since 1976, Dr. Richard A. Debs received an Honorary Doctorate from AUB in 2005. He has had a distinguished career as a lawyer, banker, public servant, philanthropist, and published author. His generous donation allowed for the construction of the current location of AUB's New York Office, named the Debs Center in his honor.

To read more about Dr. Debs, click here