Meet AURAK’s New President: Dr. David A. Schmidt

American University of Ras Al Khaimah appoints new President

Dr. David A. Schmidt takes the reins at AURAK, bringing decades of academic leadership to chart a promising future for the university.

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In a significant development for higher education in Ras Al Khaimah, the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) has appointed Dr. David A. Schmidt as its new President. Dr. Schmidt’s extensive experience in academic leadership and his track record of success in guiding institutions through challenging times make him a valuable addition to the university’s leadership team. This article explores Dr. David A. Schmidt’s background, his achievements, and his vision for AURAK’s future.

Dr. David A. Schmidt: A Remarkable Career

Dr. Schmidt’s appointment as President of AURAK is backed by an impressive career spanning 33 years. He has held key roles in various academic institutions, including public, private, and international universities. Notably, Dr. Schmidt was associated with the University of Wisconsin System, where he gained valuable experience in the American higher education landscape.

Leadership During Challenging Times

Before assuming his role at AURAK, Dr. Schmidt served as the President of the American University in Dubai (AUD). During his tenure, he demonstrated exceptional leadership by navigating the university through the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic. His ability to adapt and innovate in response to unprecedented challenges was instrumental in AUD’s continued success.

Accreditation and Growth

One of Dr. Schmidt’s significant achievements at AUD was overseeing the university’s re-accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This accomplishment highlights his commitment to maintaining and enhancing academic standards.

American University of Ras Al Khaimah appoints new President

Enrollment Strategies and Growth

Dr. Schmidt’s tenure at AUD also saw the implementation of effective enrollment strategies that resulted in substantial growth in student numbers. These strategies were instrumental in expanding the university’s reach and impact.

AURAK’s Future Under Dr. David A. Schmidt

As he takes the helm at AURAK, Dr. Schmidt acknowledges the challenging landscape of higher education. However, he sees this as an opportunity to make a lasting impact. Leveraging his extensive administrative leadership experience, Dr. Schmidt aims to provide the right direction to AURAK—a young university that has already achieved significant milestones.

Farewell to Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim

Dr. Schmidt’s appointment comes following the retirement of Professor Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, who served as AURAK’s President for over a decade. Professor Al Alkim’s contributions to the university’s growth and development are noteworthy, and his retirement marks the end of a distinguished era.


With Dr. David A. Schmidt assuming the role of President, AURAK enters a new chapter in its journey of academic excellence. His wealth of experience, leadership acumen, and commitment to educational quality position him as a driving force behind the university’s future success. As AURAK continues to evolve in a dynamic educational landscape, Dr. Schmidt’s presidency promises innovation, growth, and continued excellence.

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