Liza O’Connor-Stroud Appointed Vice President, Advancement

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 10:30

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Liza O’Connor-Stroud Appointed Vice President, Advancement

November 13, 2017 (Sulaimani, KRG-Iraq): The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) announced today the appointment of Liza O'Connor-Stroud as Vice President, Advancement.The new position reflects the University’s commitment to develop sustainable new fundraising initiatives that help provide the best quality of education in the region at affordable tuition levels.

As Vice President, Advancement, Ms. O’Connor-Stroud will lead initiatives to expand and strengthen the University’s network of private donors, partners, and supporters, particularly in the United States and Britain.

Ms. O’Connor-Stroud has more than twenty years of experience in gift solicitation and capital campaign planning in the USA and Ireland. Prior to joining AUIS, she helped develop a $200 million fundraising campaign as Vice President of The American Ireland Fund.

Commenting on the appointment, Ms. O’Connor-Stroud remarked:  "It is my privilege to play my part in ensuring the continued growth, high level of academic scholarship, and long term sustainability of this uniquely significant institution. I am honored to have the opportunity to share the University’s compelling mission with those in a position to support it."

Ms. O’Connor-Stroud was director of development at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship in Texas, and served in senior administrative positions at the Jesuit College Preparatory School Foundation in Texas and University of Limerick Foundation in Ireland. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University and a B.A. degree summa cum laude in philosophy from Fordham University.

AUIS is the first non-government, not-for-profit, American-style institution of higher education in Iraq. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, it is also the first non-government university in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to be accredited by both the Federal Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government. AUIS offers the only English as a Second Language (ESL) program in Iraq that is accredited in the United States. The University welcomes students, 35% of whom are women, from Iraq’s diverse communities, including Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, Yazidis and Christians as well as Syrian refugees. Their critical thinking skills, fluency in English, and bilingual capabilities provide AUIS graduates with excellent employment prospects in both the private and public sectors.

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