Dr. Andrew C. Kuchins, AUCA President
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Dr. Andrew Kuchins is the 7th President of American University of Central Asia.
Prior to his appointment as the President at AUCA, Kuchins was the Senior Fellow and Research Professor at the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown.
I am very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to be the next President of the American University of Central Asia. This is a remarkable and unique institution, which over the last 25 years has made great contributions in providing an outstanding education to students from Kyrgyzstan, elsewhere in Central Asia, and an expanding range of other countries. It will be a challenge to lead AUCA to even greater achievements, but one I am eager to take on with the support of its excellent Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, and generous donors.
Dr. Andrew C. Kuchins
From 2007 to 2015 he was Director of the Russia and Eurasian Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and from 2000 through 2007 he held a series of positions with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, including as Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center and Director of Carnegie’s Russian and Eurasia Program.
I am thrilled that Professor Kuchins has agreed to become President of the American University of Central Asia. His longstanding academic and research connection with the region, and his historic ties to three world-class institutions—the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the MacArthur Foundation—and the universities of Georgetown, Stanford, and UC Berkeley, make him a perfect fit to lead the University in its next phase of growth and excellence.
Chair of the AUCA Board of Trustees
Kuchins took up the position that has been held before that by Jonathan Becker, Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bard College, on an interim basis. Becker welcomed Dr. Kuchins’s appointment enthusiastically.
The AUCA community is extremely pleased to have Dr. Kuchins join AUCA in this, its 25th year. His vast experience and regional research interests bode well for the university’s future development as a leading institution in the region and a model of U.S.–Kyrgyz cooperation.
Executive Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Bard College, USA