Academic Catalog 2016–2017

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Board Leadership

The Board of Trustees (2015-2016)

  • Dr. George N. Faris - Acting Chairman
  • Mr. Philip Stoltzfus - Secretary to the Board
  • Mr. Thomas G. Abraham
  • Mr. Mike Ahmar
  • Mrs. Taline Avakian
  • Mr. George Doumet
  • Dr. Charles Elachi
  • Dr. Robert D. Harrington, M.D.
  • Rev. Cynthia A. Jarvis
  • Mr. Wadih (Bill) Jordan
  • Rev. Joseph Kassab
  • Honorable Ray Lahood
  • Mr. Charles Muller
  • Mrs. Cherilyn G. Murer
  • Mrs. Mona Nehme
  • Mr. Richard (Dick) Orfalea
  • H.E. Mrs. Moza Saaed Al Otaiba
  • Mr. Clay Pell
  • Mr. Todd Petzel
  • Mr. Nick Joe Rahall II
  • Rev. Ronald L. Shive
  • Mr. Nicolas A. Tamari
  • Mr. Peter Tanous

Ex-Officio Members

  • Dr. Jihad Azour
  • Rev. Elmarie Parker
  • Rev. Fadi Dagher
  • Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra - LAU President
  • Dr. Ramzi Haraty - LAU Faculty Senate Chair

Duties of the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees (BoT) is charged with seeing that the purpose of the University is met organizationally, administratively, educationally, spiritually, socially, and financially, that adequate facilities are provided, and that a policy framework is established within which the program of the University can be developed and administered by the staff. The Board has the following prime functions:

1. Leadership: The Board utilizes its unique position to

  1. select and support or remove the president of the university,
  2. ensure that an adequate statement of mission and purpose be established,
  3. assure that an adequate long range plan for the university is developed, and
  4. assume personal responsibility for fund-raising activities of the university through personal donation, and through a keanness to persuade others to become donors, and through developing contacts with other donors.

2. Stewardship: The Board oversees the performance of the management of the university to

  1. ensure that the institution utilizes the resources at its disposal to further its mission and purposes and
  2. guarantee that assets are managed effectively and there are adequate safeguards to protect the future of the university.

3. Audit: The Board serves in an evaluation capacity in applying external standards to the performance of the Institution to

  1. judge the academic standards of the faculty against the standards for the type of institution to which it belongs utilizing outside specialists as necessary
  2. evaluate the financial health of the institution through the traditional annual audit and through comparative data from other institutions, and
  3. devise means of assessing the management performance of the administrative staff utilizing outside consultants when necessary or by redefining the annual audit to include management auditing.

Board of International Advisors (2015-16)

  • Dr. Jihad Azour - Chairman
  • Dr. Mahmoud A. Kreidie - Vice-Chairman
  • Mrs. Adalat Audeh Nakkash - Secretary
  • Dr. Raymond Audi
  • Mr. Zuhair Boulos
  • Mrs. Abla Chammas
  • Mr. Bassem F. Dagher
  • Mr. Fouad El-Abd
  • Mrs. Hala Fadel
  • Mr. Neemat G. Frem
  • Mr. Enan Galaly
  • Mrs. Doha El Zein Halawi
  • Mrs. Maha Kaddoura
  • Mrs. Laura Lahoud
  • Mrs. May Makhzoumi
  • Dr. Mary Mikhael
  • Mrs. Wafa Saab
  • Mrs. Youmna Salame
  • Mr. Shwan Taha
  • Mr. Talal K. Shair
  • Mrs. Asma Ghandour Zein

Ex-Officio Members

  • Rev. Fadi Dagher
  • Dr. Joseph Jabbra - LAU President
  • Senate Chair - LAU Faculty Senate Chair

Mission of the Board of International Advisors

The Board of International Advisors (BIA) is devoted to the promotion and to the advancement of the cause of LAU as an American higher education institution operating in the Middle East. Its role is that of advisory to the president of the University and to the Board of Trustees while providing advice, guidance, support, and advocacy for the University as well as for the continued development of its undergraduate and graduate programs. As an advocacy group, both on and off campus, the BIA assists in promoting a positive LAU image with its constituents and society at large. Additionally, it acts as an advisor to the Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee on university policies. Members of the BIA include individuals of distinction and prominent international leaders who bring their considerable talent, experience, and wisdom and are willing to become involved in promoting LAU and helping the University fulfill its cause and mission.