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AUK President Win Thompson visits Dartmouth

Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim met with AUK's newly appointed President Winfred "Win" Thompson on July 29. The two presidents compared notes on the challenges - and the rewards - of leading university communities, and talked about the global nature of higher education in the 21st Century.

Thompson, and his wife Carmen, were hosted by Dartmouth-AUK Project Relationship Coordinator Dale F. Eickelman and Executive Director Laurel Stavis during their three day Dartmouth visit (July 28-30). While on campus, they met with senior university officials, including Provost Carol Folt, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael Mastanduno, Associate Dean for International and Interdisciplinary Studies Lindsay Whaley, General Counsel Robert Donin, Dean of Libraries Jeffrey Horrell, and George Cybenko, Professor of Engineering at Thayer School of Engineering. Cybenko hosted AUK Fellow and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Amir Zeid in a Thayer School of Engineering research group from June through early August.

"It was a wonderful opportunity to visit AUK's partner institution," Thompson said, "and to speak with so many of the people who have been working with us since the beginning. I was pleased to learn more about the extent of collaboration between our two institutions and delighted to know how much Dartmouth values its relationship with AUK."

Thompson was appointed the fourth President of the American University of Kuwait after a rigorous international search. Previously Chancellor of the American University of Sharjah (2002-2008) and President of the University of Central Arkansas (1988-2001), he is completing a temporary post as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. Thompson holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Chicago and J.D and LL.M degrees from George Washington University. He assumes the AUK presidency on September 1, 2010.

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) and Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire (USA), have worked closely together since 2003, when the two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding that facilitated a series of advisory, consultative, and cooperative projects. That initial agreement was renewed in June 2008 to extend through 2013. The two institutions share a commitment to excellence in higher learning, and the agreement between them reflects AUK's growing stature as a premier academic institution in the Gulf region and beyond. With its deep and historic commitment to the liberal arts, Dartmouth recognizes the importance of AUK's mission and works to support the University as it develops a superlative education, based on the principles of critical inquiry, mastery of subject material, depth of curriculum, and a vibrant, out of the classroom experience.

Carol Folt, Dartmouth Provost, and Winfred Thompson, President of AUK

Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim, AUK President Winfred Thompson,
Dartmouth-AUK Relationship Coordinator Dale F. Eickelman, Dartmouth-AUK Project Executive Director Laurel Stavis

Dartmouth President Jim Yong Kim, AUK President Winfred Thompson

Dartmouth Associate Dean for International and Interdisciplinary Studies Lindsay Whaley, Dartmouth-AUK Project Executive Director Laurel Stavis, Dartmouth Provost Carol Folt, Dartmouth-AUK Relationship Coordinator Dale F. Eickelman

Courtesy Dartmouth College

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