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American University of Afghanistan gets new president

American University of Afghanistan gets new president

Apr 13, 2017 - 09:07

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Dr. Kenneth Holland, a renowned educationist, has been appointed as the next president of the American University of Afghanistaninfo-icon (AUAF). 

AUAF Board of Trustees Chair Huda Farouki announced Dr. Holland’s appointment after an extensive search by the Board’s committee, led by Dr. Akram Fazel. 

Dr. Holland has the background, experience, vision and drive that AUAF needs to educate future leaders of Afghanistan, Farouki said in a statement.  

Dr. Fazel stated: “Throughout the selection process Dr. Holland impressed the committee with his combination of academic talents and leadership abilities, as well as his dedication to educationinfo-icon and commitment to a positive future for Afghanistan. 

“We are fortunate to have someone of Dr. Holland’s caliber joining us as the next AUAF president,” he added.

Dr. Holland will succeed David Sedney, who has served as AUAF’s acting president since September, helping to lead the university’s recovery from terrorist attacks last August. 

Under Sedney’s leadership AUAF made significant security improvements and reopened for classes last month.  Sedney will continue as vice-president of AUAF’s Board and as a senior associate at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Dr. Holland holds a Ph.D. degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago, an MA in Government and International Relations from the University of Virginia and a BA in Political Science from Furman University. 

He comes from a rich and diverse academic background, having served in a variety of positions at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, the University of Vermont, the University of Memphis, Luther College, and Kansas State University.

Currently Dr. Holland is Professor of Political Science and Executive Director of the Center for International Development at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, USA. He is the winner of a Fulbright Specialist Award in Burma, Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Research in the Area of Social Sciences and the Fulbright Scholar Award in Japan.

He also has extensive experience in managing grants funded by the Worldinfo-icon Bank, Asian Development Bank, Department of State and US Agency for International Development, focused on developing countries in order to strengthen higher education and improve the rule of law. 

Dr. Holland has published more than 60 articles and 8 books. He has also edited five issues of internationally known academic journals. He will begin his service as AUAF president on June 1.



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