University Committees

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

Academic Integrity Council


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

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

1. Krasimir Spasov, Information Literacy Librarian  

1. Miroslav Yordanov
2. Irakli Rukhaia

Academic Standing Committee


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

1. Tamara Todorova
2. Andrey Gurov
3. Ilya Levine 

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

Accreditation Committee


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


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


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

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

1. Ali Termos
2. Nedyalko Delchev



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 

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

Forecasting and Budgeting


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

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.

1. Jeffrey Nilsen
2. Marenglen Berisha

1. Nikol Manoleva
2. Binderiya Usukhbayar

Resource person: Mariya Lazarova, Desislava Slavcheva

Honorary Degree and Distinguished Service


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

1. Evelina Kelbecheva
2. Vladimir Levchev

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


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

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

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



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.

Faculty: 3,  Staff: 4

Chair: To be appointed

1. Jason Murphy
2. Lucia Lopez Vazquez
3. Felix Diaz

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


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 

1. Senem Konedareva
2. Michael Cohen 

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

1. Bojana Petrova
2. Omar Cherchmi

Student Conduct


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 

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

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

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

Student Outcomes Assessment


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.

Faculty: 2; Staff: 3; Students: 2

Chair: Robert White, Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty

1. Rossen Petkov
2. John Galletly

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

1. Mahetap Khalifa
2. Darina Stoeva

Student Services

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.

Faculty: 3; Staff: 4; Students: 3

Chair: Pavlina PavlovaInternational Student Services Coordinator

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

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

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

Meets every two weeks.

Staff Development and Policies


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 


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.

Enrollment Management Committee


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 The committee makes recommendations to the President. 

Faculty: 3; Staff: 7; Students: 2.

Chair: Boriana Shalyavska, Director of Admissions

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

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 

1. Andrej Ivanovski
2. Irakli Rukhaia

Strategic Marketing Committee


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

1. Pending nomination
2. Pending nomination

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

1. Tatiana Shevchenko
2. Sevgi Molaali

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