President Ricciardone

A former career diplomat, Francis J. Ricciardone most recently served as Vice President of the independent U.S.-based Atlantic Council and Director of its Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. 

President Ricciardone had previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Chargé d’Affaires and Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan, U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines and Palau.

Born in Boston, Ricciardone graduated from Malden Catholic High School and summa cum laude from Dartmouth College. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Italy and a guest scholar at the United States Institute of Peace. Ricciardone taught at international schools in Italy and Iran, and speaks and reads Arabic, Italian, Turkish and French, as well as elementary Farsi.


President Ricciardone: Our People, Identity Are Our Greatest Assets

As the academic year begins, AUC President J. Francis Ricciardone shares with News@AUC his priorities and plans during his first semester on campus and his future vision.What is your top priority as you begin your tenure as AUC’s 12th president?

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Undergraduate Commencement: Students Celebrate Milestone, Al Ghurair Receives Honorary Degree

Yesterday’s undergraduate commencement ceremony saw the graduation of a total of 634 students, of whom 108 were distinguished as cum laude, 114 as magna cum laude, and 130 as summa cum laude. His Excellency Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair, CEO of Mashreq Group and chairman of the board of trustees of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from AUC in recognition of his leadership and philanthropic contributions.

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Dr. Marie Ricciardone, President Francis Ricciardone, Former AUC President Lisa Anderson, Former AUC President David Arnold and Sherry Arnold

For the Love of CASA: AUC's Benefit Dinner Surpasses $600,000

For the seventh year, AUC hosted its annual Benefit Dinner in New York, raising more than $600,000 to go toward the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) Endowment Fund. Prominent and long-standing members of the AUC community, along with Egypt’s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr '85, '90, were present to thank donors and encourage support for the University.

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President Francis J. Ricciardone

"Together, we are committed to passing The American University in Cairo on to future generations even stronger than we have found it, revitalizing its strong legacy and culture of giving, of service, and of excellence."

President on podium

University Cabinet

University Cabinet is one of AUC leadership pillars that is dedicated to creating a University environment that promotes excellence in teaching, research, creative expression and service.

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Internship Program

Established in 1981, the Presidential Internship Program at The American University in Cairo (AUC) provides recent university graduates who are American citizens or permanent residents the opportunity to work at the highest levels of an international university, experience life in Cairo and learn Arabic.

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Former Presidents

From AUC’s first president Charles Watson in 1919 to former President Christopher Thoron (1969 – 1973), who established the University as a creditable institution by securing official recognition for academic degrees, AUC looks back through its presidential history and major accomplishments that led the University to thrive as Egypt’s global university.

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