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Dr. George K. Najjar


Dr. George K. Najjar

Dr. George Khalil Najjar was appointed Provost of LAU in October 2012.

As the chief academic officer of LAU, the Provost is a member of the President’s Cabinet and chairs the Council of Deans that supervises all academic activities of the university. He oversees a wide array of academic program planning, teaching, and research-related affairs across LAU’s seven schools. The Provost is also at the center of the academic strategic planning process, long-term institutional positioning, and global partnerships.

LAU has seen tremendous growth over the past decade, with the introduction of new professional schools, accreditation at the institutional and program level, major expansion of facilities, the completion of a first five-year strategic plan, and the start of a new strategic plan focusing on academic excellence.

Into this context, Dr. Najjar brings an enterprising outlook forged over decades of academic and administrative experience as a faculty member, vice president and dean at the American University of Beirut (AUB).

During his 12-year tenure as founding Dean and Professor of the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (2000-2012), Dr. Najjar led the school to accreditation and regional preeminence.

From 1997 to 2006, he doubled as vice president for Regional External Programs at AUB. Prior to that, he headed the teams that developed feasibility studies for several educational institutions, among them the University of Sharjah and the University of Bahrain. At the latter, he went on to serve as founding dean of its School of Business (1987-1997) and Vice President for Planning (1991-1995).

Dr. Najjar is widely published in peer-review management journals as well as edited academic volumes. He has excelled at designing and delivering executive education programs at universities and other venues in the Middle East, taught countless business courses, and served as a consultant to many businesses.

Throughout his rich career, he has distinguished himself for his strategic vision covering areas such as research management, fundraising, institution-building, institutional and professional accreditation and international networking.

Dr. Najjar received his Ph.D. in General Management from the University of Southern California in 1975 and a master’s and bachelor’s degrees from AUB in 1971 and 1969, respectively.

He serves as member of the Board of Trustees of three universities—Dhofar University, Oman, since 2004; University of Sharjah, UAE, since 2001; and University College of Bahrain, since 2006—as well as member of the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Kuwait, Lebanon, since 2010. He currently serves as special advisor to the president of AACSB for the Middle East and Africa. He has been recently awarded the highly prestigious Academy of Strategic and Entrepreneurial Leadership’s John J. Fernandes Strategic Leadership Award.

Dr. George K. Najjar
Lebanese American University
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