American University of Nigeria (AUN) Board of Trustees announces an international search for an accomplished academic leader who will serve as the University’s next President. It is anticipated that the new President will assume office by mid- to late-summer 2017 or soon thereafter.
The University was developed in response to the demand for high quality, American-style education in Nigeria. AUN, located in Yola, was chartered in 2004 and is West Africa’s first private, not-for-profit American-style university. Western in character but distinctively Nigerian, AUN aspires to international recognition for academic excellence with a distinctive and innovative development focus. American University of Nigeria was created in consultation with, and with assistance from, American University, Washington, D.C. With close to 1,000 students and 80 faculty members, AUN is poised for significant enrollment growth and academic distinction.
The next President of AUN, who serves as the University’s Chief Executive Officer, will have an extraordinary opportunity to influence the future direction of this young institution in its service to Nigeria and West Africa. The agenda for the new President will revolve around strategic planning, financial management and resource development, strengthening the academic program, fostering community trust, supporting and strengthening the work of the board, and strengthening and further developing facilities and infrastructure.
The special mission of AUN; its location in West Africa; its status as a young, vibrant, and growing institution; its mandate to serve the needs of students throughout Nigeria and West Africa; and the leadership opportunities and needs outlined above, demand particular characteristics in the next President. The next President must have enjoyed success in a major administrative and leadership role in an American or American-style university, and also possess a strong commitment to the development and ongoing transformation of the African continent through higher education.
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