Governance and Administration

Office of the President

Presidential Search

Presidential Profile

Dear Colleagues,

As you all know, the Presidential Search Committee, with the help of a major consulting firm, Witt/Kieffer, is methodically and meticulously searching for a president to succeed me on October1, 2020. To that effect, said committee has completed a presidential profile that is already posted on our website.

Thank you.


Previous Announcements

November 26, 2018

Dear members of our LAU community,

I am writing to invite you to a meeting with Mr. Philip Stoltzfus, member of the Presidential Search Committee and 2 members of Witt/Kieffer International, Ms. Natalie Derry - General Manager, UK and Europe and Ms. Lucy A. Leske - Senior Partner, Higher Education Practice, who are visiting LAU from December 3 till 5, 2018. Witt/Kieffer International is an international executive search firm that LAU hired as a consultant to help the Presidential Search Committee find the next President who will succeed Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra.

The purpose of this visit is to get to know you and the University better and to seek your input and expectations regarding the next LAU President.

For more information about all the LAU constituencies they will be meeting with, please see the below schedule:

Monday, December 3, 2018

Beirut Campus
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Meeting with LAU President, Dr. Joseph Jabbra 
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Meeting with Faculty at BB 903 
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Meeting with Staff at BB 903
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch with Students at the Faculty Lounge 
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Individual meetings with the VPs:
  • 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Dr. Elise Salem, VP Student Development and Enrolment Management
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Mr. Roy Majdalani, VP Human Resources & University Services
  • 4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Mr. Charles Abou Rjeily, VP Finance
  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Dr. George Najjar, VP University Advancement
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Visit to the Arab Institute for Women
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Meeting with the Steering Committee at LAU MC - RH (at St. Charles) 
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Meeting with Residents and Post-graduates at Auditorium D
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Meeting with Physicians at Auditorium D
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Meeting with Assistant to the President for Special Projects, Mr. Saad el Zein
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Byblos campus
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Meeting with Faculty at Science 607
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Meeting with Staff at Science 607
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Lunch with Students at Science 608
3:00 pm - 3:30 p.m. Meeting with LAU Provost, Dr. George Nasr


3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Meeting with Council of Deans at Jamil Iskandar Conference Room


Joseph G. Jabbra, Ph.D.,
Lebanese American University

November 8, 2018

Dear Members of the Lebanese American University Community,

I have now returned from my visit to Lebanon during which I had the opportunity to spend time on both of our beautiful campuses, and to meet and engage with many of you, including faculty, students, staff, and the Administration. I am inspired by the energy, dedication and passion demonstrated by all those I met, gratified by the sense that we are all embarked on a common mission, and thankful for the warm reception you gave me during my visit.

A major topic of discussion during my visit was the establishment of a Search Committee to find a successor to our beloved President, Dr. Joseph Jabbra, when he steps down at the end of September, 2020. I say “successor” because Dr. Jabbra can never be “replaced” - he has transformed Lebanese American University into a major power in the field of higher education in Lebanon, the Middle East and beyond. He has been President, mentor and friend to us all. The platform of excellence that he has built, and will add to over the remaining two years of his term, will be his legacy, and the framework from which his successor can bring LAU to new levels of achievement.

The most solemn duty of the Board of Trustees is to appoint the next Lebanese American University President, and I promise you that we will carry out this duty meticulously. The Search Committee has been appointed and has already met to begin developing a leadership profile and criteria for selection. We have chosen as our partner in this effort the executive search firm, Witt/Kieffer International, to assist us in the process. Representatives from Witt/Kieffer International will be in Beirut in early December to meet with LAU constituents to gather input regarding LAU’s strengths, the opportunities and challenges facing the next president, and the qualities, credentials and experience the next president should demonstrate to attain our expectations.

On behalf of the Search Committee, I would like to thank all members of the Lebanese American University community in advance for your interest in and support of the search process. We are committed to ensuring the search process is as thoughtful, wide-reaching, and rigorous as possible with outstanding results. As Board and Search Committee Chair, I will endeavor to ensure that the LAU community receives regular updates and communication as the search progresses. We have launched a presidential search page on the LAU web-site where you can find out more. We also encourage you to contact our consultants, Lucy Leske and Natalie Derry of Witt/Kieffer International, at the following address if you have any questions or suggestions of potential candidates:

As we begin our work, I am confident our collective efforts will result in a talented pool of candidates and the selection of a president well equipped to lead the university successfully into the future.


Peter Tanous
Chairman of the Board


September 10, 2018

Dear Members of the Lebanese American University Community,

Today Dr. Joseph G. Jabbra informed the Board of Trustees that he has decided, for family reasons, to retire when his term of office ends September 30, 2020, and that he will not accept reappointment. The Board of Trustees has accepted his decision, while expressing tremendous gratitude for his many years of exemplary service as President of our University.

Dr. Jabbra has been a transformative figure in the history of Lebanese American University. Under his leadership the student body has grown to 8,500 students taught by 813 faculty members across 57 degree programs. He has raised academic standards resulting in the accreditation of the University by NECHE, and accreditations for the Schools of Engineering, Business, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Computer Science Program in the School of Arts and Sciences. The Architecture Program in the School of Architecture and Design, and the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine are well advanced in their drive to earn accreditation. He has overseen the establishment of the Schools of Medicine and Nursing, the acquisition of the LAU Medical Centre - Rizk Hospital, major building projects, the significant expansion of both the Beirut and Byblos campuses, and the acquisition and development of the LAU New York Headquarters and Academic Center. He has lead record-breaking fundraising campaigns that have seen the University endowment grow to over $500 million, enabling LAU to triple its financial aid. Through his tireless campaigning on behalf of our University, he has helped establish LAU as a national and international force in education, while ensuring that we are at heart a student centred institution where young men and women can grow in a nurturing and supportive environment. Above all, he has done so with self-less wisdom, kindness, fairness, and compassion.

The Board now faces the task of finding a worthy successor who can build on the great work of the last 14 years. We shall do so through a transparent, consultative process. A search committee has been formed, consisting of Board members together with faculty and alumni representatives. The committee will appoint an international search consultant to ensure we can access the deepest pool of candidates possible across the world. Further information on the process will soon be posted on the LAU website, together with periodic updates. The incoming Chairman of the Board, Mr. Peter Tanous, will visit Beirut and Byblos in the Autumn to explain the search process and seek the views of all the LAU stakeholders.

Change is essential for the transformation and renewal of any university. The founders of LAU were pioneers who embraced change, who saw the opportunity that resides in change, and set into motion a process that has resulted in an institution that would have been unimaginable to them. And each subsequent generation of leaders at LAU has embraced change and triumphed, raising LAU to higher and higher standards. LAU now has the opportunity to bring itself to a new level on the platform of excellence that is Dr. Jabbra’s legacy, so that we can continue to provide future generations of students with an education that enables them to achieve their highest aspirations. I promise you that with the help and support of the LAU community, we will find the world class leader that our University deserves and expects.

Yours sincerely,

Philip Stoltzfus
Chairman of the Board