Trustee Philip Khoury Named MIT Associate Provost
The president of the American University of Beirut (AUB), John Waterbury,
announced that Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees Philip S. Khoury
has been named associate provost of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The position is effective July 1. Dr.
Khoury is the Kenan Sahin Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social
Sciences at MIT.
Dr. Khoury has been a member of AUB's Board of Trustees since 1997. He
joined the MIT history faculty as an assistant professor in 1981, was
appointed professor in 1990, and then dean of the School of Humanities,
Arts and Social Sciences in 1991.
In his new position, Khoury will coordinate and develop MIT's cocurricular
and nonacademic arts programs, as well as strengthen financial resources
and infrastructure to promote the arts at the university. He will expand
major interdepartmental educational, research, and community-based initiatives,
and help to develop and implement a strategic plan for MIT's international
Khoury is a former president of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is also
a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the
American Historical Association and the British Society for Middle Eastern
Studies, and chairman of the World Peace Foundation. He has also served
as cochair of its Middle East Security Project.
A political and social historian of the Middle East, his current research
focuses on war and society in the Middle East during World War II. His
publications include Urban Notables and Arab Nationalism (Cambridge University
Press); Syria and the French Mandate (Princeton University Press), which
received the American Historical Association's George Louis Beer Prize;
and Recovering Beirut: Urban Design and Post-war Reconstruction (Brill).