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AUB Announces Patrick McGreevy as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Summary: American University of Beirut President Peter F. Dorman announced today that Professor Patrick McGreevy will be assuming the position of dean of the AUB Faculty of Arts and Sciences, effective September 1, 2009.

AUB Announces Patrick McGreevy as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

American University of Beirut President Peter F. Dorman announced today that Professor Patrick McGreevy will be assuming the position of dean of the AUB Faculty of Arts and Sciences, effective September 1, 2009.

McGreevy, a professor in the Department of History and Archaeology, joined AUB in 2004 as the director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Center for American Studies and Research (CASAR). He is succeeding Khalil M. Bitar, who leaves the University after 12 years as dean.

"Patrick is a social scientist whose career has been deeply imbued in the liberal arts and he brings a unique appreciation of the humanities, social sciences and basic sciences to the deanship. On behalf of the AUB community, I am pleased to welcome him into this new position," said President Dorman. "Dr. McGreevy will be succeeding Khalil M. Bitar, who is stepping down after 12 years of distinguished service as Dean of FAS. Dr. Bitar has been especially instrumental in advocating for the University's strengths in general education and its regional position as the premier center for higher education, including the re-establishment of the Ph.D. programs.

A geographer by training, Patrick McGreevy came to AUB from Clarion University in Clarion, Pennsylvania, where he had been chair of the Department of Anthropology, Geography and Earth Science since 1991; while at Clarion, he also served as Fulbright Chair of American Studies in Hungary in 1999-2000. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Minnesota in 1984. His research and writing focus on landscape and nationalism in nineteenth century United States and Canada, and American encounters with the Middle East. He is the author of Imagining Niagara: Meaning and the Making of Niagara Falls (University of Massachusetts Press, 1994) and Stairway to Empire: Lockport, the Erie Canal, and the Shaping of America (SUNY Press, 2009). Recent articles focusing on American interactions with the Middle East include "Spaces of Terror: Places of Resistance," The Arab World Geographer (2007); "American Studies from the Antipodes?" Review of International American Studies (2009).

Said McGreevy, "I am humbled by the responsibility I am about to assume and conscious of those who have brought AUB through its remarkable recovery, especially over the last decade. I believe that it is AUB's commitment to the liberal arts and sciences that most clearly sets it apart from the many new universities in our region and provides it with the opportunity to be just as influential in the future with regard to higher education as it has been in the past."

At AUB he has worked with faculty members and students across the University, working on Middle States Accreditation, serving on the Steering Committee and Advisory Board of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy & International Affairs, chairing the Founder's Day Student Essay Committee and volunteering as a Model United Nations judge for several years running.

As director of CASAR, McGreevy oversaw a successful program dedicated to improving international understanding by increasing knowledge of the United States in the Middle East. He has personally pursued this same mission outside AUB, appearing on Al Jazeera International to discuss US politics and relations in the Middle East and frequently writing on topics of world politics in the English language press in

the Middle East. He regularly presents at the annual meetings of the Association of American Geographers, the American Studies Association and the International American Studies Association, and serves on the editorial board of GeoJournal and The Arab World Geographer.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences was established in 1866, the same year in which the Syrian Protestant College, now AUB, was established. The faculty celebrated its first graduating class of five students in 1870. In 2009, the faculty's 2,535 undergraduates make it the largest faculty at the University. 15 core departments offer programs in 32 academic fields leading to bachelor's, master's and select PhD degrees. The faculty houses the Institute of Financial Economics and several interdisciplinary research centers and institutes including the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (CAMES) and the Center for Advanced Mathematical Sciences (CAMS). The Faculty of Arts and Sciences follows a liberal arts program that stresses free choice as the best vehicle for students to realize their educational goals. High quality research, teaching and student advising are vital to the success of the faculty's humanities, social sciences, and basic sciences programs.

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