Biography of Dr. Kenneth M. Holland President of the American University of Afghanistan
Dr. Holland holds a Ph.D. degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in Government and International Relations from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Political Science from Furman University. He comes from a rich and diverse academic background, having served in a variety of positions at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, the University of Vermont, the University of Memphis, Luther College, and Kansas State University. Before joining AUAF Dr. Holland was Professor of Political Science and Executive Director of the Center for International Development at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, USA.
Dr. Holland has received multiple awards for his achievements as an academic. He is the winner of a Fulbright Specialist Award in Burma, Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Research in the Area of Social Sciences and the Fulbright Scholar Award in Japan.
He also has extensive experience in managing grants funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, focused on developing countries in order to strengthen higher education and improve the rule of law. Dr. Holland has assisted several universities in Afghanistan, including Kabul University, Balkh University, Kandahar University and Shaikh Zayed (Khost) University.
Dr. Holland has published more than 60 articles and 8 books. He has also edited five issues of internationally known academic journals. Dr. Holland’s strong academic background and his experience in strengthening and improving higher education systems will be valuable assets to AUAF. He is excited to be a part of restoring AUAF and helping the university in reaching its goal of becoming a model university at the national and regional level.
Dr. Holland began his service as AUAF president on June 1, 2017