December 2005, Vol. 7 No. 2
Appointment of Dr. Ghassan Hamadeh
Prominent Arab-American Rights Activist Lectures on Islamophobia
Appointment of Dr. Thurayya Arayssi
Business School Lecture on Corporate Governance
Women’s League Meeting
Professor Samir Makdisi to Serve Again on Global Network Board
Human Resources Developments
University Senate Meeting of June 22
September Senate Notes
New Mission Statement
Dean Daghir Steps Down from Deanship
Recently Published: Comparing Media from Around the World
John Rhoder Leaves AUB
Prominent Saudi Businessman Receives AUB Distinguished Alumnus Award
Fading Poetry of Old Lebanese Houses: Art Project by Joe Saleh
Tips for Saving the Planet
Art Club Celebrates Art Day
Jafet Library Displays the Earliest Photographs of AUB Campus
On October 27, President John Waterbury announced to the AUB community that Dean Nuhad Daghir of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) has decided to “to step down from the deanship by the end of the 2005-06 academic year.”
“It is with sincere regret that I announce Dean Daghir’s decision to ’slow down and give a chance to the younger generation,’ as he put it. Although he plans to keep working at AUB on a part-time basis, Dean Daghir will be sorely missed at the helm of the faculty by all academic and administrative staff who felt blessed to work under his stewardship. It has been a pleasure for me to work with him as he always exhibited calm and wisdom in all his undertakings. That attitude has nurtured true excellence in the FAFS and in AUB as a whole… We are pleased that Dean Daghir will stay involved with the faculty after he leaves the deanship. We wish him well in his future plans and thank him for all the contributions he made to the faculty and AUB.”
Since he was appointed dean in 1996, Professor Daghir has been instrumental in diversifying the faculty’s programs, expanding their focus to include, in addition to agriculture, landscape design, food science, and nutrition. Under his tenure, the faculty has also increased its community outreach programs, supporting the agricultural sector in all phases of food production and processing. Moreover, the faculty doubled its enrollment in the past five years and increased research output, 90 percent of which is now supported by outside funds. The faculty also spearheaded the creation of the interdisciplinary environmental sciences program in the late 1990s.
Dean Daghir, who announced his decision to retire at an October 11 faculty meeting, will stay in his position until a new dean is appointed.
Professor Daghir graduated from AUB in 1957 with a BS in agricultural sciences and earned his PhD in poultry science from Iowa State University. He joined FAFS in 1962 as assistant professor of poultry science and was promoted to associate professor in 1967 and to full professor in 1975. He served as chairman of the Department of Animal Sciences from 1973 to 1978, as acting dean of FAFS from 1976 to 1978 and as associate dean in 1978-79.