AUA Board of Trustees Announces New Chair, Members

Yerevan, ARMENIA – At its recent meeting, the Board of Trustees of the American University of Armenia welcomed Dr. Lawrence Pitts as its new Chairman.  Dr. Pitts, the outgoing provost of the University of California system, succeeds current AUA Board Chair, Dr. C. Judson King. 

During the same meeting, the Board also welcomed three additional new members:  Dr. Aimee Dorr, the current Provost of the University of California system; Dr. Ann Karagozian, Engineering Professor and former chair of the Academic Senate at UCLA; and Mr. Zaven Akian, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Integra Technologies and community benefactor. 

“I look forward to working with Dr. Pitts and the rest of our Board in helping to refine the strategic direction of the American University of Armenia in the coming year,” remarked Dr. Bruce Boghosian, President of AUA.

“I also extend a warm welcome to our new board members, Mr. Akian, Dr. Dorr and Dr. Karagozian,” continued President Boghosian. 

Dr. Boghosian further added, “On behalf of all of us at AUA, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to Dr. King for his decades-long service on the AUA Board, spanning the terms of all three of AUA’s presidents, and for having served as the Board’s chair for most of that time.”

Dr. Aimee Dorr

A UCLA professor of education since 1981, Dr. Dorr assumed the position of Provost of the UC system in July, and is the long-time dean of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. 

Dr. Ann Karagozian

Dr. Karagozian, is the former chair of UCLA’s Academic Senate and the university’s first female faculty member in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. 

Mr. Zaven Akian

Through his Akian Family Foundation, Mr. Akian has committed over three quarters of a million dollars to the university, making possible the establishment of the Akian Art Gallery, a five-year scholarship program and courses for recently arrived Syrian-Armenian students studying at AUA.


The American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia.  Founded in 1991, AUA is affiliated with the University of California.  Through teaching, research, and public service, AUA serves Armenia and the region by supplying high-quality, graduate and undergraduate education, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting democratic values.

The AUA is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001.