American University of Central Asia Announces Andrew Kuchins New President

PONARS Eurasia
05 Feb 2019

(Bard) Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – February 04, 2019 –  The Board of Trustees of the American University of Central Asia announced today that Andrew Kuchins, a professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and formerly director of the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will serve as the next President of the University. Professor Kuchins will assume full-time responsibilities as President in May of this year.

In making the announcement for the Board of Trustees, David Lakhdhir, its Chair, said, “I am thrilled that Professor Kuchins has agreed to become President of the American University of Central Asia. His longstanding academic and research connection with the region, and his historic ties to three world-class institutions—the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the MacArthur Foundation—and the universities of Georgetown, Stanford, and UC Berkeley, make him a perfect fit to lead the University in its next phase of growth and excellence.”

Professor Kuchins said, “I am very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to be the next President of the American University of Central Asia. This is a remarkable and unique institution, which over the last 25 years has made great contributions in providing an outstanding education to students from Kyrgyzstan, elsewhere in Central Asia, and an expanding range of other countries. It will be a challenge to lead AUCA to even greater achievements, but one I am eager to take on with the support of its excellent Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, and generous donors.” [...]

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