AUBG Welcomes New President

August 07, 2007

New president, Dr. David Huwiler, an outstanding academic leader who has worked in higher education since 1970, takes office officially tomorrow, August 6.

Dr. Huwiler replaces Dr. W. Michael Easton who announced his intention to retire from his post in January 2007. The AUBG Board of Trustees accepted President Easton’s request with deep appreciation for his superb service to the University.

The new AUBG president was elected at the regular Board meeting in Blagoevgrad on 12 May 2007. The appointment concluded a search launched at the beginning of 2007, involving far-reaching consultation with faculty, students, staff and alumni.

"David Huwiler has an outstanding background combining experience in U.S higher education and leadership in American Universities abroad that well qualify him to take on the leadership of AUBG.  We look forward to a continuation of the progress we have made in the last few years in academic leadership, not only in Bulgaria, but for the entire region, under Dr. Huwiler's administration," said AUBG Board Chair Mr. David Flanagan.
Mr. Andrey Delchev, Deputy Chair of the AUBG Board of Trustees, added that he believes Dr. Huwiler will work cooperatively in Bulgaria and the region based on his successful leadership as a president of two international universities in addition to his significant academic experience in the U.S.

Dr. David Huwiler has an impressive career in leadership positions in American and international education.

In 2004 he was elected the founding president of the American University in Nigeria (AAUN) where he made possible the design and completion of the university campus, academic and recruitment structure, and overall planning. 

Prior to his AAUN presidency, Dr. Huwiler served as the first board-selected president of the American University of Central Asia, vice president for academic affairs at Champlain College, and chair of the Division of Humanities at Pikeville College. He taught a full range of graduate and undergraduate-level courses in his academic field of linguistics, language, and literature at Pikeville College.
His additional accomplishments as a higher education administrator include successful fundraising and endowment building in support of institutional development, participating on a number of NEASC site visit accreditation teams, and setting up partnerships and training opportunities with major U.S. corporations. Dr. Huwiler’s international experience includes advising responsibilities on education in Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, and Russia.

Dr. Huwiler holds a doctoral degree in English and American Literature from the University of California at Davis and a master’s degree from the California State University at Los Angeles. He was a member of the Coordinating Council for International Universities in Washington, DC; Chairman of the International Board of Trustees of Samara State University in Russia, board member of the East West Center for Research and Intercultural Dialog, and the Foundation for Support of Higher Education in Central Asia.

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