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                Dr. Riyad F. Nassar  

   Dr. Riyad Nassar, Dean of the College from 1971 to 1982, assumed the presidency of the Lebanese American University on October 1, 1982. A Chemist by training, he holds a faculty rank of Professor of Chemistry at LAU.
As Dean, Dr. Nassar supervised the establishment of LAU’s two off-campus branches at Louaize and Sidon. He was also instrumental in promoting the University’s popular Dual Degree Programs in Engineering and Pharmacy.

   Dr. Nassar received his Master of Science Degree from the American University of Beirut and his Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology. He taught at Georgia Institute of Technology, at the Lebanese University and at LAU. He was born in Monsif, Lebanon in 1934, is married to the former Hellen Ghosn and has four children.
Dr. Nassar came to his new position with extensive administrative experience, with demonstrated ability to work successfully with the faculty and division chairpersons of the University, and with knowledge of both LAU and the problems of higher education in Lebanon and throughout the Arab World. During his tenure as President the Institution grew to a multi-campus University with three campuses: Beirut, Byblos and Sidon. During his tenure as President, the student enrollment tripled.