Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian, AUA President

Armen Der Kiureghian_portrait Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian is the fourth president of the American University of Armenia, having assumed the post on July 15, 2014. He is on leave from the University of California, Berkeley, where he has served for 36 years, most recently as Professor and holder of the Taisei Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is one of the founders of AUA and has previously served as the Founding Dean of Engineering and Director of Engineering Research Center and as Interim Provost of AUA, all concurrently with his Berkeley position.

Der Kiureghian’s teaching and research are in risk and reliability analysis of constructed facilities and systems, stochastic structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, and engineering decision making. He has an extensive record of publications, including 115 in archival journals. He is an elected foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia and an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He has served as Visiting Professor in universities in Slovenia, Japan, Italy, Denmark, India and Germany.

Der Kiureghian received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Tehran University, Iran, and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1975.  His complete bio is available here.

 Dr. Donald Fuller, Interim Provost

Donald-Fuller-photo-for-Executive-Team-webpage Donald Fuller received an A.B. degree in Social Psychology from Colgate University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Public Administration, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He is a Fellow of the Institute for Court Management, Denver, Colorado and holds a certificate as Interpreter in Russian, from the U.S. Navy Language School. 

Fuller taught 19 years at the University of Southern California, School of Public Administration, six years at the American University of Armenia during which he was a Fulbright professor for one year; thirteen years at the Anglo American University in Prague, Czech Republic including two years in the Faculty of Social and Economic Science, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia   He is Professor Emeritus at American university of Armenia and recently has been a Senior Professor at AUA in Political Science and International Affairs.

Fuller’s research interests are in political economy and governance.  He has published articles, book chapters and conference papers in these fields.

 Ashot Ghazaryan, Vice President of Operations

Ashot Ghazarian comes to AUA after leading the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) in Armenia for nearly two decades. Ghazarian spent the last twenty years as Director of the AGBU Armenia.  During that time he also served as a member of the Republic of Armenia’s Committee on Humanitarian Projects, the Academic Council of the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts; the Board of Trustees of the World Bank-funded Social Investment Fund of Armenia; and Friends of the Armenian State Philharmonic Orchestra.  Prior to leading the AGBU, Ghazarian headed the Medical Cybernetics Laboratory of the Yerevan Surgical Institute, headed a Department in the Experimental Factory of the Yerevan Physics Institute, and worked as Head of the Supply Department of the Bridge Construction Company of the Armenian Highway Construction Ministry.  Ghazarian holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the State Engineering University of Armenia.

 Gevorg Goyunyan, Vice President of Finance

gevorg_goyunyan Gevorg Goyunyan has been with the University for more than 10 years, most recently as Controller and Director of Business Development. Goyunyan started with AUA in its Oakland office as its Financial Analyst and later held positions of Controller and Director of Business Development.  Prior to joining AUA, he worked in the consulting and banking sectors in Armenia.  Goyunyan holds multiple advanced degrees in Economics from Yerevan State University, an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the State University of New York in Binghamton and a BBA from Haigazian University in Beirut, Lebanon.

Ms. Lorraine S. Alexander, Vice President of Development

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Lorraine Alexander brings to AUA over 20 years of experience and expertise in higher education campaign fundraising, complex gift negotiating and solicitation, and strategic planning and goal setting.  Lorraine is an international fundraising consultant and an expert in staff development and training, board development, and campaign management.

Most recently, Ms. Alexander was the Senior Development Officer for the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, responsible for managing all fundraising for the graduate aerospace laboratory at Caltech.  Prior to that, she was the Senior Director of Development Neurosciences School of Medicine at the Stanford University Medical Center in Menlo Park, California, where she was responsible for the $100 million campaign goal for SOM neurosciences.  Lorraine managed all professional development staff related to fundraising for clinical, basic and translational research for four major medical departments, the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neurosciences and the Stanford Hospital.  Before accepting her position at Caltech, Lorraine was the Campaign and Major Gifts Director for Cure Autism Now in Los Angeles.  For several years previous, Lorraine owned her own successful fundraising consultancy business in Los Angeles, Alexander Associates.  A few of her clients included Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children and the Los Angeles City College Foundation.

Lorraine received a B.A. in Biology from Temple University in Pennsylvania.  She has a Major Gifts and Planned Giving Certification from Radcliffe College in Cambridge and a Specialist in Planned Giving certification from Cal State Long Beach, California.