Six months after taking up his appointment Harold E. Hoelscher has been inaugurated as president?
Six months after taking up his appointment Harold E. Hoelscher has been inaugurated as president of the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. Mr. Hoelscher succeeded interim president John Cowan last September, but his inauguration did not take place until Friday (24 February). The AUB is regarded as one of the Middle East's finest universities, and among guests at the ceremony were the Lebanese Prime Minister, Selim Hose and Foreign Minister, Fuad Butros.
SYNOPSIS: The AUB was founded in 1866 by American Missionaries, and since its foundations more than 34,000 students have graduated from it. The inauguration was a big day for the university, which had managed to stay open during the bitter fighting of the Lebanese Civil war.
About 500 students were at the ceremony, which was attended by many Lebanese officials, as well and Arab and Western ambassadors, including Richard Parker of the United States, and Britain's Sir Peter Wakefield.
Mr Hoelscher, the university's eighth president, was sworn in by Calvin Palmer, chairman of the AUB Board of Trustees. The new president, who is 50, had previously taught at various universities in the United States and India. After the ceremony he made his inaugural speech.