Message from AUBG Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Carolyn J. Stefanco to the Community

Dear AUBG students, faculty, staff, and alumni,

It is my pleasure to inform you about the latest decisions of the AUBG Board of Trustees at our May 2019 meeting, in my capacity as the newly-elected Chair of the Board. All the trustees and I look forward to working with you to fulfill our mission at AUBG. We thank each and every one of you for your contributions to the University.

I am happy to announce that Dr. David Evans has been appointed Interim President of AUBG. With over 29 years of experience in both academic and leadership roles, David is well respected among the higher education community in the United States. He is an imaginative leader, an experienced fundraiser, an excellent communicator and a person who inspires trust in everyone he meets. I am extremely happy that we will be working with such an exceptional professional.

In a message to the university community, Dr. Evans said: “It is an honor and a privilege to be appointed as AUBG’s Interim President. I have heard so many astonishing success stories about the AUBG alumni, faculty and students and am thrilled to become a part of this special institution that is transforming the region and the world. Meeting with some of the AUBG Board members, alumni, students, faculty and staff recently, I was impressed by their shared passion, love and dedication for the university. I look forward to working with such an impressive group of people and am confident that together we will continue to contribute to the prosperity of AUBG.”

I would also like to wholeheartedly thank Dr. Steven Sullivan for his outstanding service to the university. He has been with AUBG for over 20 years and is deeply loved and respected by the entire university community – students, faculty, staff and alumni. Among the many important accomplishments of Dr. Sullivan’s presidency are the increase in student enrollment, AUBG’s historic success in Bulgaria’s university rankings and the enhancement of the academic program in both Blagoevgrad and Sofia.

During his term, Dr. Evans will rely on you and your proven expertise and dedication to AUBG in order to retain and build upon these outstanding results.

Dr. Evans’ interim presidency will begin on June 24, 2019. AUBG will start an international search for the new President of the university, who is expected to join the AUBG community in July 2020.  

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Evans on his appointment and welcoming him to our wonderful community.

The official announcement that will be released shortly is available here. You will find additional information there about new members of the Board of Trustees and the University Council, and the approval of a new academic program.

Thank you for your support as we continue to move AUBG forward.


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