University Committees

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

Academic Integrity Council

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. 

Membership: Faculty: 3 (from different Departments); Staff: 1; Students: 2

Chair: Olga Nikolova

Faculty: 

1. Michael Harris Cohen
2. Lucía López Vázquez
3. Olga Nikolova

Staff: 
1. Krasimir Spasov, Information Literacy Librarian  

Students:
1. Asen Lazarov
2. Irakli Rukhaia

Academic Standing Committee

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.

Membership: Faculty: 3,  Staff: 3

Chair: Robert White, Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty

Faculty:
1. Tamara Todorova
2. Lynnette Leonard
3. Ilya Levine 

Staff:
1. Maia Parmakova, Advising Center Coordinator
2. Tania Markova, Registrar
3. The Dean of Faculty as Chair holds the third staff seat.

Accreditation Committee

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.

Membership: Faculty: 6 members; Admin: 3

Chair: Robert White, Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty

Members:

1.Tanya Papazova, Director Accreditation and Institutional Research
2. Robert White, Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty
3. Orlin Stoychev, Faculty member
4. Senem Konedareva, Faculty member
5. Rositsa Gradeva, Faculty member
6. Dimitar Christozov, Faculty member
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US Accreditation

1. Dean's Council '21-22
2. David R. Evans, President

The chairs of sub-committees is responsible for writing the narrative on each NEASC accreditation standard participate in the work of the Accreditation Committee during US accreditation cycles.

Admissions Committee

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.

Membership: Faculty: 2,  Staff: 4

Chair: Boriana Shalyavska, Admissions Director

Staff:
1. Stanislava Gyurova, ELI
2. Albena Kehayova, OCM Director 
3. Sabina A. Wien, Dean of Students
4. The Admissions Director as Chair holds the third staff seat.

Additional Staff:
Dilyana Mileva, VP Finance & Administration;
Karina Ulucheva, VP Strategy & Institutional Effectiveness

Faculty:
1. Ali Termos
2. Michael Harris Cohen

Commencement

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 

Staff:
1. Rumyana Boshkilova, Events Office
2. Rengin Nalbantova, Registrar's Office
3. Antoniya Arnautska, Events Office

Additional Staff:
Martin Georgiev
Evgenia MacDonald
Olga Draganova
Viktor A Dimitrov
Atanas Urdev
Lyudmila Dzakova
Albena Kehayova

Dining Services Advisory Committee

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.

Membership: Faculty: 2; Staff: 3; Students: 2

Chair: Radosveta Miltcheva, Assistant Dean of Students

Faculty:
1. Félix Díaz
2. Serguey Ivanov   

Staff:
1. Viktor Kastrev, Admissions Office       
2. Rumyana Boshkilova, Events Office       
3. The Chair holds the third seat

Students:
1. Viktoria Ivanova
2. Daniela Konova

Enrollment Management Committee

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.  

Membership: Faculty: 3; Staff: 8; Students: 2. 

Chair: Boriana Shalyavska, Director of Admissions 

Faculty: 
1. Carter Mandrik
2. Ronald Harvey
3. Robert Phillips

Staff: 
1. Albena Kehayova, OCM Director
2. Sabina A. Wien, Dean of Students
3. Karina Ulucheva, VP Strategy and Institutional Advancement
4. Dilyana Mileva, VP Finance and Administration
5. Nikolina Radeva, ELI Director
6. Rengin Nalbantov, Registrar's Office
7. Pavlina Atke, Director Graduate and Executive Programs and Elieff Center
8. The Chair holds the eighth position  

Students: 
1. Andjali Avatapalli
2. Eka Iakobitze

Exchange and Study Abroad Programs

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. 

Membership: Faculty: 1; Staff: 3

Chair: Samantha Harvey

Staff (selection of students):

1. Mariya Handzhiyska, Erasmus and Study Abroad Manager
2. Pavlina Pavlova, International Students Office

Staff (selection of staff and faculty):

1. Todor Kehayov, Residence Life Director

Faculty (selection of students, faculty, and staff):

1. Prof. Robert Phillips

Forecasting and Budgeting

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.

Membership: Faculty: 2, Staff: 7, Students: 2

Chair: Dilyana Mileva, VP Finance and Administration

Staff:
1. Rober White, Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty
2. Karina Ulucheva, VP Strategy and Institutional Effectiveness 
3. Todor Todorov, Director of Operations
4. Boriana Shalyavska, Director of Admissions
5. Antonia Dimitrova, Purchasing Manager
6. Todor Kehayov, Residence Life Director
7. The Chair holds the seventh staff position.

Faculty:
1. Ali Termos
2. Marenglen Berisha

Students:
1. Asen Lazarov
2. Anton Perederii

Resource person: Mariya Lazarova, Desislava Slavcheva

Honorary Degree and Distinguished Service

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. 

Membership: Faculty: 2; Staff: 4

Chair: Robert White, Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty

Faculty:
1. Evelina Kelbecheva
2. Vladimir Levchev

Staff:
1. Lisa Clark, Writting Center
2. Albena Kehayova, OCM Director
3. Ani Manavyan, Special Advisor to the President for Advancement 
4. The Provost as Chair holds the fourth staff seat

Human Subject Review

Mission:

Guarantees the observance of ethical standards and legal responsibilities in conducting off- or on-campus surveys by faculty, staff, and students

Members: Faculty: 3; Staff: 2

Chair: Lynnette Leonard

Faculty:
1. Daniel Adsett
2. Mark Leonard
3. The Chair holds the third position

Staff:
1. Antonia Arnautska, Events Office
2. Evelina Terzieva, Institutional Research Officer

IT Committee 

The IT Committee is responsible for all major IT decision-making for the University and provides guidance, as well as sets IT priorities to enable the University to balance its improvement goals with available resources in alignment with the University’s strategic goals and mission. Meets once per month or more often if necessary. Objectives: Ensure IT infrastructure and services are aligned with academic and administrative direction and priorities, assessing the fit of major new IT initiatives and emergent technologies within the context of university mission, goals, and priorities. 

Membership: Faculty: 1; Staff: 3; Students: 1

Chair: Robert White, Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty

Faculty:
1. Anton Stoilov

Staff:
1. Viktor Kastrev, Admissions Office
2. Dilyana Mileva, VP Finance and Administration 
3. The chair holds the third seat.

Student:
1. Miroslav Yordanov

Resource person: Latchezar Filtchev, Tsvetelina Hristova

Members of the Board of Trustees will be invited as advisory members. 

Scholarship

Mission: 

Conducts the selection process and chooses the recipients of named scholarships, funded by private individuals, corporations and foundations. Awards are given when available and are directed towards students’ tuition.

Membership:
Faculty: 3,  Staff: 6

Chair: Ani Manavyan, Special Advisor to the President for Advancement 

Faculty:
1. Olga Nikolova
2. Lyubomir Terziev
3. Felix Diaz

Staff:
1. Kristina Doneva, Financial Aid Coordinator
2. Dimana Doneva, Senior Editor and Marketing Content Specialist
3. Velina Zankova, President's Office
4. Ilko Drenkov, Residence Life and Housing
5. Desislava Slavcheva, Finance Office
6. The chair holds the sixth seat

Resource person: Borislav Tyulekov

Sexual Harassment Hearing Panel

Mission: 

The Sexual Harassment Hearing Panel hears cases of reported sexual harassment, sexual violence, incitement to sexual violence, and interference with University staff providing support services to sexual violence and harassment victims. 

Membership: Faculty: 2; Staff: 2; Students: 2; facilitators: 3

Chair: Radosveta Miltcheva, Assitant Dean of Students

Faculty:
1. Laura Kelly
2. Ivelin Sardamov

Staff:
1. Nikolina Ivanova-Bell, Library Director 
2. Petya Valcheva, Admissions Counselor 

Students:
1. Bojana Petrova
2. Valeria Amaral

Facilitators:
1. Sabina A. Wien, Dean of Students
2. Todor Kehayov, Residence Life and Housing
3. Elena Radeva, Faculty member

Student Conduct

Mission: 

Reviews non-academic grievances against students, student clubs or other student entities, cases of student violence and other matters in which students are alleged to have broken housing policies, student conduct policies, technology policies, general ethic codes or other internal University regulations. The Committee makes recommendations to the President. 

Membership: Faculty: 3; Staff: 2; Students: 3

Chair: Laura Kelly

Faculty:
1. Ilya Levine
2. Lucia Lopez
3. The chair holds the third seat

Staff:
1. Todor Kehayov, Residence Life Director
2. Tanya Markova, Registrar's Office

Students:
1. Mohamad Hachem
2. Viktoria Ivanova
3. Veliyana Georgieva

Student Engagement Committee 

Mission:

Advises the Dean of Students and Assistant Dean of Students regarding non-curricular student activities and issues. Selects participants in Study Abroad programs. Administers the annual Student Travel Fund. Recommends the Student Commencement Speaker to the President. Recommends the Presidential Medalist to the President. Meets every two weeks. 

Membership: Faculty: 3; Staff: 4; Students: 3.

Chair: Sabina A. Wien, Dean of Students

Faculty:
1. Kiril Kirkov
2. Felix Diaz
3. Magdalena Barnaciak

Staff:
1. Radina Damyanova, Panitza Library
2. Antoniya Arnautska, Events Office
3. Martin Georgiev, OCM
4. The chair holds the fourth staff seat

Students:
1. Mohamad Hachem
2. Teya Pavlova
3. Gabriela Tsvetanova

Student Outcomes Assessment

Mission: 

Requests, gathers, reviews and evaluates data on the outcomes from the overall academic, co- and extracurricular experience of the AUBG students. As a result of research findings, makes recommendations for improvement in the academic and residential life programs to the Provost.

Membership:
Faculty: 2; Staff: 3; Students: 2

Chair: Robert White, Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty

Faculty:
1. Rossen Petkov
2. John Galletly

Staff:
1. Nikolina Ivanova-Bell, Panitza Library Director
2. Tanya Papazova, Director Accreditation and Institutional Research
3. The chair holds the third staff seat.

Students:
1. Teya Pavlova
2. Alexander Yordanov

Staff Development and Policies

Mission:

Facilitates the development of staff and managers through recommendations for training programs, individual development plans, and improvements in the annual evaluation process consistent with the goals for the development of the institution. The committee prepares guidelines and reviews applications for professional development support and makes recommendations to the Provost.

Membership: Staff: 5

Chair: Karina Ulucheva, VP Strategy and Institutional Effectiveness  

Staff:

1. Yana Simeonova, Clerk to the Board
2. Antonia Dimitrova, Purchasing Manager
3. Pavlina Atke, Director Graduate and Executive Programs and Elieff Center
4. Elena Bardarova, HR partner
5. Stefan Novoselski, Admissions Office

Sustainability Committee

Mission:

The Sustainability Committee shall create and foster a culture of sustainability among the AUBG community through education, research, operations, and community partnerships. (to be extended by the Committee itself). Meets every two weeks.

Faculty: 3; Staff: 4; Students: 3

Chair: Carter Mandrik 

Faculty:
1. Carter Mandrik       
2. Bill Clark
3. Rossen Petkov

Staff:
1. Sabina A. Wien, Dean of Students        
2. Antonia Dimitrova, Purchasing Manager         
3. Karina Ulucheva, VP Strategy and Institutional Effectiveness
4. Tsvetana Haydushka, OCM        

Students:

1. Daniela Konova
2. Valeria Amaral
3. Ana Valeva

Strategic Marketing Committee

Mission:

The Strategic Marketing Committee (SMC) discusses, plans, and advocates
strategies that enhance the public image of the university and sets models for an integrated marketing approach. It serves as a liaison between the administrative divisions at AUBG with the goal to guide and design a coherent overarching strategy that advances the AUBG brand.

The SMC gives a podium to all committee members to discuss projects and plans of strategic importance and seeks ways to enhance the impact of the work of individual offices in the overall positioning of the university. The SMC activates and directs all internal resources to best serve the strategic goals of the university and to achieve a coherent and consistent approach on all levels.

The Strategic Marketing Committee aims to bring together the expertise of all offices with the goal to reduce duplication of effort and obtain maximum leverage from AUBG’s investments in marketing. It also gives platform to students and faculty to share ideas and recommendations on matters related to the marketing and image building efforts.

Members: Faculty: 2; Staff: 7 ; Students: 2.

Chair: Albena Kehayova, Marketing and Communications
Director

Faculty:
1. Carter Mandrik
2. Rossen Petkov

Staff:
1. Ani Manavyan, Special advisor to the President for Advancement
2. Karina Ulucheva, VP Strategy and Institutional Effectiveness
3. Ani Argirova, Graduate and Executive Programs Coordinator
4. Sabina Wien, Dean of Students
5. Samantha Harvey, Assistant Director of International Admissions
6. OCM staff member
7. The chair holds the seventh seat

Students:
1. Anton Perederii
2. Anjali Avatapalii

Committee for Verification of the Minimal Required Research Credentials

The Committee for Verificati7on establishes and updates a list of databases that conform with the legal definitions of quality publication venues; categorizes individual publications and citations of AUBG faculty and international habilitation jury members according to the scientometric indicators as established by the relevant Bulgarian law; documents the compliance of the individual research results with the Minimal National Requirements. In doing so, works in close cooperation with the authors of the publications, if they are AUBG faculty, or with a representative of the Department concerned with the habilitation procedure, in the case of international Jury members.

Faculty: 2; Staff: 4.

CHAIR: Tanya Papazova, Director Accreditation and Institutional Reasearch

Faculty:
1. Sean Homer
2. Markus Wien

Staff:
1. Nikolina Ivanova-Bell, Library Director
2. Toshka Borisova, Library Head of Access Services and Reference
3. Yanka Rangelova-Miron, Accreditation and Academic Staff Data Coordinator
4. The chair holds the fourth staff seat

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