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American University of Nigeria

Presidential Search

American University of Nigeria (AUN) Board of Trustees announces an international search for an accomplished academic leader who will serve as the University’s next President. The University was developed in response to the demand for high quality, American-style education in Nigeria. AUN, located in Yola, was conceived in 2003,  chartered in 2004, and is West Africa’s (and the region’s) first private, not-for-profit American-style university—western in character but distinctively Nigerian—with high aspirations for quality and international recognition for academic excellence. American University of Nigeria was created in consultation with and assistance provided by American University, Washington, DC, an institution with an international reputation for excellence. Today, with 1300 students and over 90 faculty members, the University has achieved significant enrollment growth and academic distinction. It is anticipated that the new President will assume office by January 1, 2010 or soon thereafter. 

The special mission of AUN, its location in West Africa, its status as a young, vibrant, and growing institution, its mandate to serve the needs of students throughout Nigeria and West Africa, demand particular characteristics in the next President.  The next President must have enjoyed success in a major administrative and leadership role in an American or American-style university, as well as possess a strong commitment to the development and ongoing transformation of the African continent through higher education.


American University of Nigeria will prioritize its search to focus on academic professionals who are prepared to assume office as early in the New Year as possible, but not later than June 1, 2010. 
A prospectus for this search with information about the university, the priorities for the new president, a full enumeration of qualifications for the position, and instructions for submitting applications or nominations may be found under “Current Searches” at Those considering becoming candidates are urged to visit this Web site before submitting application materials. To assure full consideration, a complete application, including a thoughtful letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and a list of at least five professional references (with email addresses and telephone numbers) must be received by November 2, 2009. Nominations, inquiries and applications are treated confidentially and should be submitted electronically (MS Word or PDF) to:

Additional information on the University can be obtained readily from their website.

The University is assisted in this search by:

Dr. Maya Ranchod Kirkhope
Senior Consultant
Academic Search, Inc.
Washington, D.C., USA
(703) 380-9195 (c)
Dr. Bill Franklin
Senior Consultant Academic Search, Inc.
Washington, D.C., USA
(830) 249-1444