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American University of Nigeria Appoints Dawn Deckle as President

Effective July 1, 2017, Dr. Dawn Dekle, an American international educator, has been appointed as President of GBSN member school, the American University of Nigeria (AUN).

Following an international search, Dr. Dekle was selected and unanimously endorsed by the university’s Board of Trustees to assume the leadership role for the university.

Dr. Deckle has previously held a variety of university leadership roles. She is currently serving as President of Orkhon University in Mongolia. Prior to her appointment at Orkhon University, Dr. Dekle served as President of the American University of Iraq, Provost at the American University of Afghanistan, and Dean at the S.P. Jain School of Global Management in Singapore. Prior to becoming a senior administrator, she was a faculty member at Singapore Management University, the National University of Singapore, James Madison University, and Dartmouth College.

Dr. Dekle has also held leadership positions outside of academia, such as council member for the Singapore Institute of International Affairs and as leadership specialist and global knowledge manager at the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., where she helped launch the McKinsey Center for Asian Leadership.

As a scholar of psychology, law, leadership, and management, Dr. Dekle has published in academic journals, presented at international conferences, given keynote addresses for the Young Presidents Organization, and served as an analyst for television and radio regarding President Obama and his strategies in Asia and the Middle East.

Dr. Dekle earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M University, Ph.D. in psychology from Dartmouth College, and J.D. in law from Stanford University.

AUN, Africa’s premier development university, was established in 2003 by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

“I believe AUN is the best kept secret in Nigeria. The campus is buzzing with potential, and I was inspired by this new generation of talent, the engaged learning experiences, and community collaborations.”Dr. Dawn Deckle, President, American University of Nigeria

Nicole Zefran is the Communications & Administrative Officer at the Global Business School Network.