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Sultan presides over AUS Board of Trustees meeting in UK
His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah and President of American University of Sharjah (AUS), presided over a meeting of the AUS Board of Trustees, which was held in London on 6-8 December 2013. His Highness expressed his satisfaction at the substantial progress that the university has made in recent months in advancing its program of distinctive, high quality education for the Emirate of Sharjah, the greater United Arab Emirates, and the entire region.
Sheikh Dr. Sultan said that he was pleased with the development and progress made by the university in consonance with its mission. He also thanked the members of the board for their commitment to the university.
Following the meeting, Dr. Thomas Hochstettler, Acting Chancellor of AUS, thanked His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah for his continuous support and supervision of AUS. "It is His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi's guidance and advice that have played a major role in making AUS the leading provider of premier American-style higher education in the MENA region," said Dr. Hochstettler on the occasion.
Dr. Hochstettler said that during the meeting the board discussed numerous resolutions presented by its various academic and non-academic committees and took the necessary decisions to help the university proceed to the next stage of development in synch with its strategic initiatives.
"I am also pleased to report that the board also acknowledged a special report on endowed chairs and professorships, and endorsed the alternatives presented in the report as recommended by the finance committee," added Dr. Hochstettler.
Members of the AUS Board of Trustees are the following: His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Supreme Council Member, Ruler of Sharjah, and Chairman of the Board and President of AUS; Dr. Ali Abdullah Al Shamlan, Former Minister of Higher Education, Kuwait; Dr. MaryAnn Baenninger, President, College of Saint Benedict, Minnesota, USA; Mr. Joseph L. Brand, Senior Partner, Patton Boggs LLP, Washington, DC, USA; Professor Lord Alec Broers, Member of the British House of Lords, UK; Dr. Anthony George Coates, Director of the Museum of Biodiversity, the Bridge of Life, Republic of Panama, and Senior Scientist Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution, USA; Mr. Charles Cotton, Director of Cambridge Enterprise, University of Cambridge, UK; Mr. Abdul Jalil Yousuf Darwish, Chairman of UAE Enterprises Group; Dr. Leroy S. Fletcher, Regents Professor Emeritus and Thomas A. Dietz Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University, USA; Dr. Roderick S. French, Chancellor Emeritus, AUS; Dr. Thomas J. Hochstettler, AUS Acting Chancellor; Mr. Hamid D. Jafar, Chairman and CEO, Crescent Petroleum Company, Sharjah; Dr. Cornelius Kerwin, President, American University, Washington, DC, USA; Mr. Varouj Nerguizian, Executive Director and General Manager, Bank of Sharjah, UAE; Dr. S. Georgia Nugent, President of Kenyon College, Ohio, USA; Baroness Onora O'Neill of Bengarve, CBE PBA FMedSci, Member of the British House of Lords, UK; Mr. Riad T. Sadek, Chairman of Al Habtoor Leighton Group, Dubai; and Mr. Maroun A. Semaan, President and CEO, Petrofac International Ltd., Sharjah. The meeting was also attended by senior AUS officials.