The American University in Bulgaria Welcomes Home One of Its Own as the New President

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Stratsi Kulinski is the First Bulgarian-born Head of the University, and an Alumnus from the First Graduating Class

The American University in Bulgaria (, a leader in Liberal Arts education and a fully accredited institution of higher learning in both the United States and Bulgaria, announced today that its Board of Trustees appointed Stratsi Kulinski as President.

President Kulinski has been a longstanding supporter of AUBG, and is an accomplished professional with global business and cross-cultural expertise. He was one of the very first students to attend AUBG in 1991 and graduated in 1995. Stratsi also holds an MBA from the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His professional career stretches over 20 years creating and building value for media, telecommunications, and high tech companies across Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia, with corporate assignments in London, Washington, Moscow, and San Francisco’s Silicon Valley. President Kulinski brings to AUBG a global perspective, entrepreneurial mindset, people management focus, and a versatile skillset in partnerships, strategy and finance, legal and regulatory matters, and marketing.

“The Board is very pleased that President Kulinski is taking the helm of the University”, said Dr. Ivan Manev, Chair of the Board of Trustees of AUBG. “Stratsi is the right person to steer the University and shift it into a sustainable growth mode in the years ahead. He is a widely respected colleague from our Board, with whom we have worked closely over the past several years. Stratsi is a person of unwavering enthusiasm for AUBG. His deep knowledge of the University strengths and challenges, ability to think strategically and creatively, his business and cross-cultural acumen, and the ease with which he builds relationships and communicates made him a natural choice. We elected Stratsi unanimously, which demonstrates our confidence in his capacity to take AUBG to new heights.”

President Kulinski said: “I am thrilled to come back home to AUBG. As a member of the first graduating class, my commitment runs on a deep and personal level. This is not merely a career shift – it is a reunion with my extended family that is the American University in Bulgaria.” He added: “As I take on the role of President of AUBG, I am excited to contribute my time and energy and work closely with our students, faculty, staff, Board, University Council, supporters, and community stakeholders locally and worldwide to ensure the long-term success of our mission. My priorities for the first few months are to engage all AUBG stakeholders, communicate openly with all university constituents, and advance a culture of ownership and entrepreneurial initiative in everything we do.”

President Kulinski will take office in January 2016 before the start of the new semester.

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