Dr. Ian Bickford to Become the Next AUAF President


The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) is honored to announce that Dr. Ian Bickford will become the next President of AUAF.  Dr. Bickford is a collaborative leader, an innovative educator, an experienced administrator, and an accomplished fundraiser.  Dr. Bickford will guide AUAF to new levels of excellence. Leon Botstein, President of Bard College and a visionary leader in higher education, recently said that “Dr. Bickford, whose commitment to international education is outstanding, has been among the most gifted educational leaders with whom I have had the pleasure of working.”

Dr. Bickford previously served as the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Fulbright University Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.  Prior to his position at Fulbright University, Dr. Bickford was for many years closely associated with Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts, USA where he was Provost and Vice President. Dr. Bickford is also a professor of literature and a scholar of the work and impact of John Milton. During a visit to AUAF late last year, Dr. Bickford expressed his strong commitment “to AUAF's students, who are Afghanistan’s next generation of leaders, and to the university's mission of service to Afghan society.”

Dr. Bickford holds degrees from the City University of New York, Stanford University, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Bickford’s appointment is effective as of March 1, 2021, when current President David Sedney steps down.  Arsalan Lutfi, the Chair of the AUAF Board of Trustees, has expressed his gratitude to President Sedney for his indispensable service to the university. “David Sedney has been there for AUAF when the university has most needed his leadership to ensure its stability and continued success. We are very pleased that he will remain closely associated with AUAF as an esteemed member of our board. We are also delighted that he will be succeeded by Ian Bickford whom we believe to be the leader the university needs to steer the university during the next crucial phase in its history.”

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