KAUST Presidential Search Committee Reviews Candidates

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King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Presidential Search Committee reviews distinguished group of candidates during its second meeting in Vienna, Austria this month.

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We're excited as our deliberative process moves forward to select the right candidate.

The Presidential Search Committee of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) held its third meeting in Vienna, Austria, on August 15, 16 and 17 to review progress on the selection of its Founding President for the new research institution, to be based on Saudi Arabia's Red Sea coast.

This is the third meeting of the Search Committee, chaired by His Excellency Minister Ali I. Al-Naimi, Saudi Arabia's Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources. (The first two meetings took place in London on April 13 and June 28). The Committee reviewed the credentials of several highly-qualified candidates, with a view to making a decision on the appointment by the end of 2007.

"We are impressed with the distinguished candidates who have submitted their credentials and qualifications for our review," said Search Committee Executive Secretary Dr. Edward Hundert. "We're excited as our deliberative process moves forward to select the right candidate."

Dr. Hundert, former President of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, said that the search is open to academic and non-academic candidates of significant accomplishment who demonstrate an uncompromising commitment to independent governance, finance and admissions, as well as a strong dedication to the advancement of world-class research.

Nadhmi A. Al-Nasr, Vice Chairman of the Search Committee and Interim KAUST President, emphasized that the mission of the Founding President of KAUST will be an historic opportunity. "He will preside over a purpose-built research institution that will use the highest standards of merit-based opportunity to attract male and female graduate students of exceptional talent worldwide," Al-Nasr said.

"The Founding President will be responsible for bringing these students and a world-class faculty together at an international, graduate-level research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement in the Kingdom, the region, and beyond. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Al-Nasr said the KAUST Presidential Search Committee anticipates having at least one more meeting before the end of 2007 as part of the search process.

About KAUST
KAUST is being built in Saudi Arabia as an international, graduate-level research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement in the Kingdom, the region and around the globe. The core campus, located on more than 36 million square meters on the Red Sea near Rabigh, is set to open in September 2009. For more information about KAUST, visit http://www.kaust.edu.sa.

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