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Letter from Chairman of AUAF Board of Trustees

18 September 2016

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

We would like to thank each and every one of you for your patience, strength and resilience during this difficult time for the university. Our thoughts, prayers and sympathies remain with the families, colleagues and friends of the victims. We will continue our unwavering commitment to support all those affected by the tragic attacks. 

The impact of this tragedy has been felt nationwide and internationally, with the outpouring of support coming from people all over the world, unified in their support of an institution that represents the best of Afghanistan. The vast and growing network of supporters is a testament to the importance of AUAF to the future of Afghanistan. 

The Board of Trustees is resolute in its commitment to assisting the University during this tragic period and has mobilized its best resources in order to address the many issues affecting the University in order to ensure that AUAF comes back safer and stronger and better than ever before. The Board of Trustees just completed a two-day special meeting to assess and remedy the important challenges faced by the University with the central focus being on supporting and assisting the victims of this tragic attack and to ensure that all security needs are addressed. As such, the Board decided to approve measures to help families of the victims, as well as those who were injured and impacted by the attacks. Furthermore, the Board is also proceeding in concert with our funders to address all the key issues at the University, particularly security, and are fully aware that the future of the institution depends on fulfilling its core requirement of ensuring a safe environment in order to provide quality education. 

To this end, the Board has decided to send Board member Mr. David Sedney to AUAF to oversee the implementation of all necessary measures in order to achieve these core requirements. He will be working very closely with the entire University community to meet these goals and will operate with the support of President English, the faculty and staff of the University, students and alumni. David Sedney was U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia from 2009-2013, and has also served at the US Embassy in Kabul as Deputy Chief of Mission in 2002 and again in 2003-2004, as well as at the White House as Director for Afghanistan. He will ably represent the Board.

We ask for your continued forbearance as we work together to address the challenges faced by the AUAF community and  continue our vital mission of educating the future leaders of Afghanistan.

Sincerely, 

A. Huda Farouki,

Chairman of The Board of Trustees of The American University of Afghanistan