WAAAUB Holds First Ever International Convention: Commitment to AUB and Enhancing Ties among Alumni  
AUBMC Receives US Accreditation
Seven New Members to Join the AUB Board of Trustees
Establishment of the Michael Atiyah Chair in Mathematical Sciences at AUB
AUB Nutrition and Food Science Department Named as WHO Collaborating Center
Academic Excellence Rewarded: AUB's Merit Scholarships
AUB Announces New Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service
Shahe Kazarian's - Reflections of My I (Published by Cadmus Project: 2007)
Faculty Profile: Patrick Lewtas
Professor Mrad Lectures Abroad
Staff Profile: Ramzieh Saad
Essay Competition Honors Arab World's 'Prince of Poets'
Donald Mitchell Examines Control Over City Streets
The Political Consequences of American Romanticism
Juan Cole Points at Failures in United States
Scholar Studies Impact of Terrorism on American Imports
Ambassador Evaluates Role of United Kingdom in the Arab World
A View of Islam in the Eighth Century
The Need for Dialogue Between Religions
Istanbul's Pleasures Revealed
National Identity Without Citizenship?
On-line Workshops Help Train Journalists
Student Artwork Exhibited at Jafet Library
Amulets and Talismans at the AUB Museum
Living with Animals: To Prevent Torture and the Impact of War
Women's Auxiliary Holiday Luncheon
Home of Hope Orphans Tour AUB Medical Center
Italian Opera Recital at Assembly Hall
Strengthening Ukraine and Lebanese Relations with Music
AUB Music Club Concert
From Sufi Chant to Oriental Jazz
AUB Choir and Choral Society Celebrate Christmas
Benefit Christmas Concerts Help Ayadina Center
Red Cross Club Forms Human Ribbon
January 2008 Vol. 9 No. 4


Seven New Members to Join the AUB Board of Trustees

Raja Trad

Ayman Asfari, Carol Bellamy, Carlos Ghosn, and Gabriel Rebeiz have been elected to join the American University of Beirut's 37-member Board of Trustees in New York. Three alumni, Yusef Abu Khadra, Abdulsalam Haykal, and Raja Trad were also proposed for nomination to the Board as a result of global alumni elections held earlier this year. The announcement was made by Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas Q. Morris, who stated: "We are proud to welcome these new Board members, who are international leaders in their respective fields. Their collective, diverse expertise will prove invaluable to providing guidance for the future of the university. Our new alumni trustees will serve to strengthen ties and increase communication between the Board of Trustees and the Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut (WAAAUB)."

Brief biographical sketches of each new Board member follow.
AUB's Board of Trustees, which has governed the University since it was founded in 1866, meets three times a year in New York City, where AUB is incorporated. Members of the Board are leaders in higher education, business, politics, medicine, and finance worldwide. A full list of the current Board may be found at http://www.aub.edu.lb/about/bot.html.

This announcement comes at the end of the University's successful five-year Campaign for Excellence, which has surpassed its goal of raising $140 million in 2007, the 140th anniversary of the American University of Beirut. The campaign was spearheaded by board member and campaign chairman Kamal A. Shair.

Trustees elected to the AUB Board of Trustees:

Ayman Asfari is the group chief executive of Petrofac Limited, which designs, builds, commissions, and operates facilities for oil and gas production, gas processing, and oil refining both onshore and offshore. He was previously the chairman and chief executive officer of Petrofac International; managing director of Petrofac UK; and managing director of Desert Line Projects (DLP) in Muscat, Oman.

Carol Bellamy is president and chief executive officer of World Learning, a non-profit international organization that promotes international and intercultural understanding worldwide through education and development. She is formerly the executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); director of the United States Peace Corps; and managing director of Bear, Stearns & Co. She was named one of the "100 Most Powerful Women in the World" by FORBES Magazine in 2004.

Carlos Ghosn is the president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co. and Renault S.A. He is currently a director at Alcoa Incorporated. He is a former director of IBM and Sony and acted as chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Michelin North America, from 1990-96. Ghosn was made Commander of the British Empire in 2006. He received an honorary doctorate from AUB in 2003.


Gabriel Rebeiz (BS '82) is a leader in research and development of the technology used in ultrasmall radio frequency and micro-electromechanical systems (RF MEMS). He is a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1991 he was the recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award.

Alumni trustees:

Yusef Abu Khadra (BBA '69) is non-executive director at the European Islamic Investment Bank (EIIB), the first Sharia'a compliant Islamic investment bank regulated in the United Kingdom. He was previously a member of the management committee of Investcorp Bank EC in Bahrain and an executive director of Investcorp Securities in London for 22 years. Abu Khadra was director of the Bahrain Alumni Chapter (1986-89) and the UK Alumni Chapter (1995-99) and is currently a member of the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business Middle East Advisory Board.

Abdulsalam Haykal (BA'01) lives and works in Damascus, Syria where he is the vice president of Haykal Group. He is managing director of Transtek, a high-end software house, and founder and CEO of Haykal Media. The cofounder and president of the Syrian Young Entrepreneurs Association, he also sits on the steering committee of the United Nation's Small Grants Program in Syria. He is the president of AUB Alumni Association in Damascus.

Raja Trad (BBA '80) is the chief executive officer of the Leo Burnett Group of Companies, Mediterranean, a leading integrated communications network headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is a board member of the Dubai Media Incorporated and International Advertising Association UAE Chapter. In 2004 Trad was awarded the Lebanese Order of the Cedar (Knight). Trad was the president of the AAA Dubai and Northern Emirates from 2005-06.