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: Olga Nikolova
    • Faculty: Michael Cohen, Lucía López Vázquez, Olga Nikolova
    • Students: Asen Lazarov, Irakli Rukhaia
    • Staff: Krasimir Spasov, Information Literacy Librarian
    Membership: Faculty: 3 (from different Departments); Staff: 1; 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: Tamara Todorova, Lynnette Leonard, Ilya Levine
    • 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: Robert White, Dean of Faculty
    • Faculty: Robert White, Orlin Stoychev, Senem Konedareva, Rositsa Gradeva, Dimitar Christozov
    • Staff: Tanya Papazova, Director Accreditation and Institutional Research
    • US Accreditation: Dean's Council '22-23, 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: Admissions Director
    • Faculty: Ali Termos, Michael Harris Cohen
    • Staff: Stanislava Gyurova, ELI; Albena Kehayova, OCM Director; Sabina A. Wien, Dean of Students; Dilyana Mileva, VP Finance & Administration; Karina Ulucheva, VP Strategy & 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
    • Staff: Rumyana Boshkilova, Events Office; Rengin Nalbantova, Registrar's Office; Antoniya Arnautska, Events Office
    • Additional Staff: Martin Georgiev,Olga Draganova, Viktor A Dimitrov, Atanas Urdev, Lyudmila Dzakova, Albena Kehayova

    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: Félix Díaz; Serguey Ivanov
    • Students: Viktoria Ivanova; Daniela Konova
    • Staff: Viktor Kastrev, Admissions Office; Rumyana Boshkilova, Events Office; The Chair holds the third seat
    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: Director of Admissions
    • Faculty: 1. Carter Mandrik; Ronald Harvey; Robert Phillips
    • Students: Andjali Avatapalli; Eka Iakobitze
    • Staff: Albena Kehayova, OCM Director; Sabina A. Wien, Dean of Students; Karina Ulucheva, VP Strategy and Institutional Advancement; Dilyana Mileva, VP Finance and Administration; Nikolina Radeva, ELI Director; Rengin Nalbantov, Registrar's Office; Pavlina Atke, Director Graduate and Executive Programs and Elieff Center; The Chair holds the eighth position
    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: Dilyana Mileva, VP Finance and Administration
    • Faculty: Ali Termos; Marenglen Berisha
    • Students: Asen Lazarov; Anton Perederii
    • Staff: Rober White, Dean of Faculty; Karina Ulucheva, VP Strategy and Institutional Effectiveness; Todor Kehayov, Director of Operations; Director of Admissions; Antonia Dimitrova, Purchasing Manager; Ilko Drenkov, Residence Life Director; 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: Samantha Harvey
    • 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: Robert White, Dean of Faculty
    • Faculty: Evelina Kelbecheva; Vladimir Levchev
    • Staff: Lisa Clark, Writting Center; Albena Kehayova, OCM Director; 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.