Dr. David A. Schmidt, a seasoned academic leader with over 33 years of experience, has assumed the role of President at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), a prominent institution in the UAE. His extensive background spans a diverse range of educational settings, encompassing both public and private institutions and international collaborations.
Prior to his appointment at AURAK, Dr. Schmidt served as the President of the American University in Dubai (AUD). He successfully guided the university through the SACSCOC re-accreditation process and implemented innovative strategies that led to substantial enrollment growth.
Dr. Schmidt's vision for AURAK is rooted in his belief in the importance of collaborative leadership and global engagement in the face of the transformative changes affecting higher education. He is committed to leveraging his administrative acumen to guide the university toward its goals and build upon its remarkable achievements.
Drawing from his extensive international experience, Dr. Schmidt embraces a forward-thinking approach that encourages students, faculty, and staff to embrace cross-cultural learning and collaboration opportunities. With a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, an MA from The Ohio State University, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin, he has a solid academic foundation that has been enriched by his roles at various institutions and his extensive research on women's rights and education in Japan and South Korea.
As a recipient of prestigious fellowships and a Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management (IEM) participant, Dr. Schmidt is well-prepared to steer AURAK toward continued excellence. His leadership is poised to contribute significantly to the university's growth, international reputation, and commitment to producing graduates who are prepared to thrive in a rapidly changing world.