The Board of Trustees and Board of International Advisors

The Board

  • Dr. Paul F. Boulos, Chair of the Board
  • Mr. Salim G. Sfeir, Vice-Chair of the Board
  • Dr. George N. Faris, Secretary of the Board
  • Mr. Thomas G. Abraham
  • Mr. Mike Ahmar
  • Mr. George Doumet
  • Dr. Charles Elachi
  • Mrs. Eva Kotite Farha
  • Mr. Antoine Frem
  • Mr. Arthur Gabriel
  • Dr. Ray Irani
  • Rev. Cynthia A. Jarvis
  • Mr. Wadih (Bill) Jordan
  • Rev. Joseph Kassab
  • Mr. Charles Muller
  • Mr. Richard (Dick) Orfalea
  • Mr. Todd Petzel
  • Mr. Fred Rogers
  • Dr. H. John Shammas, M.D.
  • Rev. Ronald L. Shive
  • Mr. Philip Stoltzfus
  • Dr. George E. Thibault, M.D.

Ex-Officio Members

  • Mr. Kanan Hamzeh
  • Rev. Dr. Nuhad Tomeh
  • Rev. Fadi Dagher
  • Dr. Joseph Jabbra
  • Senate Chair

General Duties of the Board of Trustees

The Board shall be responsible for seeing that the purpose of the university is met organizationally, administratively, educationally, spiritually, socially, and financially; that adequate facilities are provide; and that a policy framework is established within which the program of the university can be developed and administered by the staff. The Board shall have the following prime functions:

1. Leadership — the Board shall utilize 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 giving, through developing contacts with other donors, and through a willingness to persuade others to become donors.

2. Stewardship — the Board shall oversee 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 safe-guards to protect the future of the university.

3. Audit — the Board shall serve 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

  • Mr. Kanan Hamzeh, Chair of the Board of International Advisors
  • Dr. Raymond Audi
  • Mrs. Taline Avakian
  • Dr. Jihad Azour
  • H.E. Ivonne A. Baki
  • Mr. Zuhair Boulos
  • Mrs. Abla Chammas
  • Mr. Bassem F. Dagher
  • Mr. Mazen S. Darwazah
  • Mr. Fouad El-Abd
  • Mr. Neemat G. Frem
  • Sheikh Hamed bin Ahmed Al Hamed
  • Mrs. Maha Kaddoura
  • Dr. Mahmoud A. Kreidie
  • Mrs. May Makhzoumi
  • Dr. Mary Mikhael
  • Mrs. Adalat Audeh Nakkash
  • Mr. Mazen Nazzal
  • Mr. Youmna Salame
  • Mr. Talal K. Shair

Ex-Officio Members

  • Rev. Fadi Dagher
  • Mrs. Leila Saleeby Dagher
  • Dr. Joseph Jabbra
  • Senate Chair


The Board of International Advisors (BIA) is to provide advice, guidance, support, and advocacy for the university as well as for the continuing development of its undergraduate and graduate programs. The BIA’s role is advisory to the university president, and to the Board of Trustees. The BIA serves as an advocacy group both on and off campus and assists in promoting a positive LAU image with its constituents and society at large; moreover, it shall act as an advisor to the Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee on university policies. Further, the BIA membership includes individuals of distinction who bring their considerable talents, experience, and wisdom to assist in promoting LAU and strengthening its mission. The BIA shall consist of prominent international leaders willing to become involved in helping the university fulfill its mission. The members should be devoted to the promotion and to the advancement of the cause of LAU as an American higher education institution operating in the Middle East.

Last modified: September 26, 2017