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: 3 

Chair: To be appointed

Faculty: 
1. Ilya Levine
2. Daniel Schwartz
3. Olga Nikolova

Staff: 
1. Krasimir Spasov, Information Literacy Librarian  

Students:
1. Miroslav Yordanov
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. Andrey Gurov
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. Diana Stancheva
4. Hristo Iliev
5. Snem Konedareva
6. Ivelin Sardamov
7. Rositsa Gradeca
8. Dimitar Christozov 

US Accreditation

1. Dean's Council '20-21
2. David R. Evans

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: 3

Chair: Boriana Shalyavska, Admissions Director

Staff:
1. Stanislava Gyurova, ELI
2. Albena Kehayova, OCM Director 
3. The Admissions Director as Chair holds the third staff seat.

Faculty:
1. Ali Termos
2. Nedyalko Delchev

Commencement

Mission: 

Acts as a task force in the organization 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
2. Evelina Lacheva, Registrar
3. Antoniya Arnautska

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 conducting regular surveys on food quality and diversity of menus as well as other on 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.

Faculty: 2; Staff: 3; Students: 2

Chair: Radosveta Miltcheva, Assistant Dean of Students

Faculty:

1.         
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Staff:

1.         
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3. The Chair holds the third seat

Students:

1.
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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.  

Faculty: 3; Staff: 7; Students: 2. 

Chair: Boriana Shalyavska, Director of Admissions 

Faculty: 

1. Nedyalko Delchev
2. Jonathan Lyons
3. Evelina Van Mensel  

Staff: 

1. Albena Kehayova, OCM Director
2. Dean of Students
3. Lyuba Tomova, Finance
4. Iskra Rusanova, HR Director
5. Sabina Wien, ELI Director
6. Tania Markova, Registrar
7. The Chair holds the seventh position  

Students: 

1. Andrej Ivanovski
2. Irakli Rukhaia

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: 6, Students: 2

Chair: Iliya Kardashev, VP Finance and Administration

Staff:
1. Robert White, Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty
2. Iskra Rusanova, HR Director
3. Todor Todorov, Director of Operations
4. Boriana Shalyavska, Director of Admissions
5. Mariya Handzhiyska, Study Abroad Coordinator
6. The Chair holds the fifth staff position.

Faculty:
1. Jeffrey Nilsen
2. Marenglen Berisha

Students:
1. Nikol Manoleva
2. Binderiya Usukhbayar

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. Yana Simeonova, Clerk to the Board of Trustees
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: Rossen Petkov

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

Staff:
1. Mariya Handzhiyska, Study Abroad Coordinator/ Financial Specialist
2. Evelina Terzieva, Institutional Research Officer

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: 4

Chair: To be appointed

Faculty:
1. Jason Murphy
2. Lucia Lopez Vazquez
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. Ani Manavyan, Special Advisor to the President for Advancement

Resource person: Borislav Tyulekov

Sexual Harassment Hearing Panel

Mission: 

Hears complaints and makes recommendations to the HR Director. Members of this committee must undergo mandatory training on the subject matters addressed by the committee. 

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

Chair: To be elected 

Faculty:
1. Senem Konedareva
2. Michael Cohen 

Staff:
1. Nikolina Ivanova-Bell, Library Director 
2. Rayna Tuzlukova, Psychologist

Students:
1. Bojana Petrova
2. Omar Cherchmi

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: Pierangelo Castagneto 

Faculty:
1. Pierangelo Castagneto
2. Lucia Miree
3. Arthur Pantelides 

Staff:
1. Todor Kehayov, Residence Life Director
2. Evgenia MacDonald, Assistant to the Dean of Faculty

Students:
1. Viktoria Ivanova
2. Nikol Manoleva
3. Veliyana Georgieva

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. Dean of Students
2. Tanya Papazova, Director Accreditation and Institutional Research
3. The Provost as Chair holds the third seat.

Students:
1. Mahetap Khalifa
2. Darina Stoeva

Student Services

Mission:
Advises the Dean of Students regarding non-curricular student activities and issues. Administers the annual Student Travel Fund. Selects participants in study abroad programs.

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: Pavlina PavlovaInternational Student Services Coordinator

Faculty:
1. Michael Cohen
2. Magdalena Bernaciak
3.Bill Clark

Staff:
1. Martin Georgiev, Communications Development Specialist
2. Toshka Borisova, Head Librarian
3. Rengin Nalbantova, Registrar 
3. The Chair holds the fourth seat.

Students:
1. Nino Kutubidze
2. Omar Cherchmi
3. Miroslav Yordanov

Meets every two weeks.

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 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: Elena Bardarova, HR Partner 

Staff:

1. Velina Zankova, Assistant to the President
2. Teodora Georgieva, Digital Strategy Specialist
3. Samantha Harvey, Admissions Counselor
4. Maria Lazarova, Financial Analyst
5. The Chair holds the fifth staff seat.

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: 3; Students: 3

CHAIR TO BE APPOINTED

Faculty:

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Staff:

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Students:

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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: 6; Students: 2.

Chair: Albena Kehayova, Marketing and Communications
Director

Faculty:
1. Pending nomination
2. Pending nomination

Staff:
1. Albena Kehayova, OCM Director
2. Boriana Shalyavska, Admissions Director
3. Ani Manavyan, VP Advancement
4. Polly Atke, EMBA Director
5. Sabina Wien, ELI Director
6. OCM staff member

Students:
1. Tatiana Shevchenko
2. Sevgi Molaali

Committee for Verification of the Minimal Required Research Credentials

The Committee for Verification 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 TO BE APPOINTED

Faculty:
1. Sean Homer
2. Alexander Ganchev

Staff:
1. Nikolina Ivanova-Bell, Library Director
2. Toshka Borisova, Library Head of Access Services and Reference
3. Tanya Papazova, Accreditation Director
4. Yanka Rangelova-Miron, Accreditation and Academic Staff Data Coordinator

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