University Committees

The American University in Bulgaria relies on university committees for advice to key administrators on matters of policy.

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AUBG Committees

    • Chair: Laura Kelly
    • Faculty: Laura Kelly, Michael Cohen, Lucía López Vázquez
    • Students: Miroslav Yordanov, Velyana Georgieva, Irakli Rukhaia (alternate)
    • Staff: Krasimir Spasov, Information Literacy Librarian; Rengin Nalbantova, Registrar's; Sava Stoyanov, RH Director
    Membership: Faculty: 3 (from different Departments); Staff: 3; Students: 2:

    Mission: Reviews allegations of academic dishonesty, plagiarism, or other forms of academic misconduct, and makes recommendations to the President for suspension, dismissal, or other appropriate action for persons found responsible for sufficiently serious violations.

    • Chair: Robert White, Dean of Faculty
    • Faculty: Ilya Levine, Krastanka Bozhinova, Olga Nikolova
    • Staff: Maia Parmakova, Advising Center Coordinator; Tania Markova, Registrar; The Dean of Faculty as Chair holds the third staff seat
    Membership: Faculty: 3, Staff: 3:

    Mission: Reviews the academic progress of students, determining whether students are maintaining good academic standing, and whether those whose performance falls below the levels articulated in University policies are subject to academic warning, probation, suspension or dismissal. The Committee will monitor the progress of those students on probation to determine whether the conditions of probation have been satisfied.

    • Chair: J.D. Mininger, Provost
    • Faculty: Senem Konedareva, Rositsa Gradeva, Dimitar Christozov, Tamara Todorova, Hristo Iliev
    • Staff: Tanya Papazova, Director Accreditation and Institutional Research; Yana Rangelova-Miron, Accreditation and Academic Staff Data Coordinator
    • US Accreditation: Robert Phillips, Faculty member; David R. Evans, President
    Membership: Faculty: 6 members; Admin: 3:

    Mission: Evaluates and interprets the US, Bulgarian or any other appropriate accreditation criteria, assists in the process of gathering information and opinions from all university constituencies, assists departments in the process of writing and editing their program accreditation reports, oversees the writing and editing of the US accreditation self-study reports and participates actively in the onsite visits of accreditation teams. Advises the Provost.

    • Chair: Alexandra Stoyanova, Associate Director of Admissions
    • Faculty: Ali Termos, Nedyalko Delchev
    • Staff: Kostadin Shopov, Associate Director of admissions; Albena Kehayova, OCM Director; Sabina A. Wien, Dean of Students
    • Additional Staff: Dilyana Mileva, VP Finance and Administration; Karina Ulucheva, VP Strategy and Institutional Effectiveness
    Membership: Faculty: 2, Staff: 4:

    Mission: To review applications for the fall and spring semesters. In determining admission, consideration is given to many different indications of a student’s qualities and abilities: scholastic achievements, performance on standardized tests, extracurricular activities, personal experience and leadership potential. The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants on the strength of the application as a whole and makes initial recommendations for financial aid and merit-based awards. Committee deliberations are confidential. Meets weekly especially in the second semester.

    • Chair: Radosveta Miltcheva, Assistant Dean of Students
    • Staff: Angelina Angelova, Registrar's Office; Lyudmila Dzakova, Facilities Manager; Atanas Urdev, Security Manager
    • Additional Staff: Martin Georgiev, Olga Draganova, Viktor A Dimitrov, Albena Kehayova, Atanas Kitanov

    Mission: Acts as a task force in the organization of the Commencement ceremony and related Commencement events in May; coordinates between the different departments of the University engaged in the logistics of these events and the ceremony; facilitates and develops new ideas and practices to secure efficiency and safety of the organization of the Commencement weekend events. (The number of members to be confirmed, should be composed of members from Dining, Security, Facilities departments).

    • Chair: Radosveta Miltcheva, Assistant Dean of Students
    • Faculty: JC Ross, Tatiana Ivanova
    • Students: Alexander Yordanov, Radko Mishev, Gabriela Tsvetanova, Anton Perederii, Mariela Nikolova
    • Staff: Georgi Lishkov, Dining Services; Atanas Kitanov, Admission Counselor
    Membership: Faculty: 2; Staff: 3; Students: 2:

    Mission: The Dining Services Committee shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Department of Dining Services. It shall collect feedback and conduct or help to conduct regular surveys on food quality and diversity of menus as well as other services offered by the Dining Services. Based on these, to help identify legitimate needs of students, faculty, and staff with regard to Dining Services. To make recommendations for further improvement of dining services and to follow up on the implementation of the recommended improvements. Meets every two weeks.

    • Chair: Kostadin Shopov, Associate Director of Admissions
    • Faculty: Ezra Winton, J.C. Ross, Lauren McConnel
    • Students: Zdravko Belyashki, Miroslav Yordanov
    • Staff: Tihomira Doncheva, CIDC Director; Sabina Wien, Dean of Students; Ilko Drenkov, RL Director; Dilyana Mileva, VP Finance and Administration; Polly Atke, Elieff Center Director; Nikolina Radeva, ELI Director; Alexandra Stoyanova, Associate Director of Admissions
    Membership: Faculty: 3; Staff: 8; Students: 2:

    Mission: Discusses strategies and makes recommendations that contribute to enrollment, retention, students’ experience and success through diverse and competitive program offerings. The Committee aims to create a culture of support and inclusiveness from the AUBG community for collaboration, engagement, creative thinking and consensus-building. The committee makes recommendations to the President.

    • Chair: Kostadin Shopov, Associate Director of Admissions
    • Faculty: Prof. Robert Phillips
    • Staff: Mariya Handzhiyska, Erasmus and Study Abroad Manager; Pavlina Pavlova, International Students Office; Ilko Drenkov, Residence Life Director
    Membership: Faculty: 1; Staff: 3:

    Mission: The Exchange and Study Abroad Programs Committee reviews and approves the outgoing applications of all AUBG exchange and study abroad programs in compliance with the university policies and the relevant requirements and rules of each specific program: - for students: Erasmus Student Mobility for Study; Erasmus Student Traineeship Mobility; ISEP exchange; University of Maine exchange, SUNY Fredonia exchange and any other future exchange or study abroad program; - for staff and faculty: Erasmus mobility for training; Erasmus mobility for teaching and any other future exchange or study abroad program. Meets on a regular basis.

    • Chair: Dilyana Mileva, VP Finance and Administration
    • Faculty: Ali Termos; Marenglen Berisha
    • Students: Marina Tsutsumanova, Andrey Georgiev
    • Staff: Todor Kehayov, Director of Operations; Robert White, Dean of Faculty; Karina Ulucheva, VP Strategy and Institutional Effectiveness; Kostadin Shopov, Associate Director of Admissions; Antonia Dimitrova, Purchasing Manager; Anjela Deyanska, VP for Advancement; The Chair holds the seventh staff position
    Membership: Faculty: 2, Staff: 7, Students: 2:

    Mission: Forecasts revenues and costs for the University and advises on the creation of the annual budget. The Committee advises the Vice President for Finance and Administration. Resource person: Mariya Lazarova, Desislava Slavcheva

    • Chair: J.D. Mininger, Provost
    • Faculty: Evelina Kelbecheva; Vladimir Levchev
    • Staff: Lisa Clark, Writting Center; Albena Kehayova, OCM Director; Anjela Deyanska, VP for Advancement; The Provost as Chair holds the fourth staff seat
    Membership: Faculty: 2; Staff: 4:

    Mission: Solicits nominations for honorary degrees and distinguished service awards from the University community, reviews nominations, and makes recommendations to the President for candidates for conferral of the AUBG Honorary Degrees and Distinguished Service Awards.