Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev Opens the Academic Year at AUBG

September 07, 2017

A special guest arrived on campus Wednesday to open the new semester at AUBG. On Unification Day, a national holiday for Bulgaria, the country’s President Rosen Plevneliev (2012-2017) greeted new and returning students, faculty and staff, wishing them a successful year ahead.

The start of AUBG’s twenty-seventh academic year also marks the beginning of a new role for the former head of state. Plevneliev, who finished his term in January 2017, will serve as a special envoy of the university. He will work together with AUBG President Dr. Steven Sullivan to establish Bulgaria as a desired education destination for professors and students from all over the world. 

“I feel so passionate, I feel so warm, and I feel so motivated that we are united in the day of unity - for Blagoevgrad, for AUBG, and for all of you to prosper and see new horizons,” Plevneliev said.

“I remember every visit I’ve had here, I remember all your questions, I remember my answers, and I know that I learned a lot from you,” Plevneliev said. “I know I could serve, I could help, and I could bring AUBG together with you in a new phase of development.”

The Bulgarian president has a special connection not only to AUBG, but to Blagoevgrad as well. He spent most of his childhood in the town, and later graduated from the local High School of Mathematics.

“I came when I was a very small boy and here [I became] whoever I am today, what I believe in, the values I represent,” he said.

Story by Martin Georgiev

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