Spring 2006 Vol. IV, No. 3
Speaking with Fuad Haddad
Professor Emeritus Fuad Haddad (BA 47, MA 60)
has been all things to all students: teacher, advisor, record keeper,
and even target. He relates his nearly 60-year history with AUB .
When did you arrive at AUB?
While I was teaching at the International College (IC), I decided to continue
my education at AUB. I enrolled as a student in 1947, got my BA in philosophy
in 1957 and my MA in education in 1960. I taught for a year at AUB and
then left in 1961 when I received a scholarship to study at the University
of Chicago. When I graduated from Chicago in 1965 with my PhD in education,
I received an urgent telegram from Habib Kurani, the chairman of the AUB
Education Department at the time, urging me to come back immediately.
I turned down other job offers to give AUB precedence and returned to
teach in the Education Department where I continued to teach even after
I took on the role of registrar in 1972. I always kept teaching one course
while I worked as an administrator though the registrar had the double
responsibility for both admissions and registration. Ive been here
ever since. In that time, Ive published two books with AUB PressFrom
the Vineyards of Lebanon: Poems by Khalil Hawi and Nadeem Naimy and Al-Farabis
Theory of Communicationand a number of articles. I was cofounder
and president of the Arab Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions
Officers, and helped to build and restructure the registrar offices at
a number of universities in the Arab world. My official relationship with
the University ended in 2001, but I still feel very connected.
What was your first impression?
AUB was not totally foreign to me when I started classes, since I was
an IC teacher. I have incredible memories of my relations with the Philosophy
Department, with which I had most of my contact. We had excellent professors.
Every week, we had a philosophy circle, at which a student would give
a paper in one of the professors houses and both students and faculty
would discuss what had been presented. I remember with great affection
the late Professor Richard Scott and also Charles Malik and Ronald Puccetti.
They were truly our friends. The relations between students and professors
were family relationships. We learned from them not only philosophy, but
important lessons in attitudes, values, and how to develop relationships.
The professors had the missionary spirit and they infused it into the
Where did you teach most of your classes?
I taught in Jesup Hall, in room 302, if I remember correctly. I was teaching
a graduate course called Western Philosophy of Education, so I decided
to develop a companion course called Arab Philosophy of Education that
I gave in Arabic. I was very proud of this class, because there was no
class, even at the Arab universities, that covered this topic; AUB was
a pioneer in introducing this course.
What was the biggest change you noticed while at AUB?
As the student body and the administration have grown, the intimate relationships
that I remember so fondly between students and professors have diminished.
There are, of course, new buildings all over. I wished some of these buildings
could have been built outside the campus, nearby, to save the green spaces
here, but still our campus is as lovely as it used to be.