Vice President for Academic Affairs

Esther E. Mulnix, Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Esther Mulnix joined the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani in August 2014 as the vice president for academic affairs (VPAA) and professor of social science. She held the office of the acting president of the University from January 2015 until Agust 2016. As acting president, she oversaw efforts to: earn regional accreditation in the United States; build academic programs that continue to attract top students from across the country; and strengthen resource acquisition, allocation, and management, including the establishment of an endowment capable of supporting scholarships, construction, faculty development, and co-curricular activities.  

Before joining AUIS, Dr. Mulnix was professor and VPAA at CETYS University System in Baja California, Mexico. Dr. Mulnix led the institution through the U.S. regional accreditation process with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and was successful in helping CETYS University become accredited in February 2012. She also led the university system through international program accreditation. The College of Business Administration received ACBSP accreditation in May 2014, and the College of Engineering is also ready to receive the ABET visiting team this year.

Dr. Mulnix has lived and worked in the United States (Antioch University, Colgate University, St. Lawrence University, Syracuse University, and SUNY Oswego, in New York) and in India and Pakistan. Dr. Mulnix served as a team review member for WASC and was faculty senate president-elect, director and department chair.

She holds a Ph.D. from Syracuse University and is a scholar with a variety of journal publications and books. She is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education since 2001. She focuses her research in the areas of women's leadership, higher education and multiculturalism.

Dr. Mulnix is a member of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP). IAUP is an association of university chief executives from higher education institutions around the world. Membership is limited to those individuals who serve as presidents, rectors or vice-chancellors at regionally accredited colleges or universities.