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American University of Iraq, Sulaimani
Iraq (IQ)
Commensurate with qualifications
Date posted
Aug 18, 2023

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Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
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American University of Iraq, Sulaimani
Sulaimani, Iraq

The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), invites confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications for President. Founded in 2007 for the public benefit of all Iraq, AUIS is an English-speaking, independent, non-profit, coeducational, liberal arts college in the cultural capital of the secure Kurdish region in Iraq. In 2011, AUIS moved to its new 418-acre marble-and-glass campus overlooking historic Sulaimani, a thriving economic center of one million people. The campus has 50 classrooms, high-tech IT and engineering labs, an expansive library, auditoriums, dining facilities, and sports courts and fields. The Board of Trustees, with a US Chair, comprises prominent Iraqi and American academic, business, and government leaders, including the university founder and former President of Iraq, Dr. Barham Salih.

The international faculty of 70 from 24 countries provides an American-style, student-centered education combining liberal arts and pre-professional courses to 1,400 students of diverse ethnicities, religions, and nationalities from throughout Iraq and the wider region. In addition to the core curriculum, students may select a major from Business Administration, Engineering, English Literature, Information Technology, International Studies, Journalism, Law, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Software Engineering, and Translation, as well as an EMBA. The university has recently established degree programs in dentistry and pharmacy and has a dual-degree undergraduate engineering program with the University of Arizona. Other partnerships include those with the American University of Beirut, Stanford Law School, Princeton University, UCLA, Missouri State University, the University of Colorado-Boulder, Bath Spa University, University of Exeter, and Universita Ca’Foscari Venezia. AUIS is in the early stages of pursuing US regional accreditation. A detailed profile of AUIS and its agenda is available at

The next AUIS President will have the opportunity to build upon a strong foundation and be tasked with moving the university forward to a higher level of excellence. Qualifications for the presidency include a record of effective leadership in managing an institution of higher learning or other complex organization; comparable experience as a traditional academic, senior diplomat, or business leader; and fluency in English. Kurdish or Arabic language ability is not required. A Ph.D, US citizenship, and international experience, ideally in the region, are preferable but not required. Compensation and benefits are competitive. Citizens of countries that tax worldwide income, such as the US, may be eligible for favorable tax treatment.

Korn Ferry invites confidential inquiries, nominations, and applications for the AUIS presidency. Applications, including a current CV and letter explaining interest and relevant experience, should be sent to All communications will be held in strict confidence. AUIS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

John Kuhnle, Washington, DC
Suellen Tomlinson, Dubai, UAE
Anurag Tawakley, Dubai, UAE


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