KAUST Appoints Its Next President

THUWAL, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The King Abdullah University of 
Science and Technology (KAUST) is pleased to announce that, on February 16, 
2013, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to 
appoint Jean-Lou Chameau as the next President of KAUST. 
Dr. Chameau, who has served since 2006 as the President of the California 
Institute of Technology, will become the second President of KAUST later this 
The Chairman of KAUST's Board of Trustees, H.E., Ali I. Al-Naimi, the Minister 
of Petroleum and Mineral Resources for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, announced 
the appointment today: "We could not have found a better President for KAUST.  
Jean-Lou Chameau's track-record as a researcher, educator and distinguished 
academic leader make him uniquely qualified to lead the next phase of KAUST's 
Chairman Al-Naimi also thanked the Board of Trustees and, particularly, the 
search committee, "for ten months of hard, careful, and now fruitful work to 
find and recruit the perfect leader for KAUST, Dr. Chameau." 
The incumbent President of KAUST, Choon Fong Shih, expressed his delight with 
the Executive Committee's decision, noting that, "Having worked with Jean-Lou 
in the past, I have observed his broad understanding and deep insights in 
research and education.  He has a genuine affection for his faculty and 
students.  Our KAUST community is thrilled at the prospect of his taking up 
the baton to lead KAUST in its journey to build a research university with 
global reach and impact." 
A native of France, Dr. Chameau received his undergraduate education at the 
Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Arts et Metiers in France and later received his 
PhD in civil engineering at Stanford University.  He has had a remarkable 
career in a number of US institutions.  Prior to joining Caltech, he had an 
exemplary record as the dean of engineering and then provost at Georgia Tech. 
He was appointed President of the California Institute of Technology, which is 
more commonly called Caltech, in September 2006.  Dr. Chameau is credited with 
promoting a multidisciplinary approach to research and education at Caltech 
and encouraging the development of programs in areas of societal impact, 
including energy, medical science, and the environment.  Dr. Chameau also 
placed great emphasis on improving students' educational experiences, and 
advancing entrepreneurial and international opportunities for faculty and 
Caltech, which is also home to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was ranked 
number 1 among those research universities in the world which were ranked by 
the Times Higher Education in 2012-2013. 
According to Dr. Chameau, "Until recently, I believed I would complete my 
career at Caltech and retire in Pasadena.  I did not expect, however, to be 
presented with a unique and life-changing opportunity to lead KAUST.  Like 
many other academics around the world, I heard about KAUST not too long after 
it was founded and was impressed with the clarity of the vision to establish a 
21(st) century university that serves as a beacon for learning and research 
and for contributions that both make to human welfare.  As I considered 
accepting the position at KAUST, and spoke with members of the Board and the 
academic leadership, I was impressed by the dedication of effort and resources 
to realize that vision and the attention paid to establishing a culture of 
Dr. Chameau added, "Because of its unique location, and its charter as a new 
international center of learning and research, KAUST is positioned to have a 
dramatic impact on the Kingdom and the world.  For that reason, it is more 
than a university; it is an undertaking of historic importance. I will 
dedicate my energy to lead it toward achieving its bold vision." 
Mr. Andrew Gould, the Chairman of BG Group and former CEO of Schlumberger, led 
the search committee of the Board.  Mr. Gould said, "Jean-Lou Chameau quickly 
emerged as the ideal leader for KAUST and I am tremendously pleased that he 
has accepted the position." 
The search committee's sentiments were echoed by other Board members as well.  
Charles Vest, the President of the US National Academy of Engineering, former 
President of MIT and a member of the KAUST Board of Trustees, said:  "Jean-Lou 
Chameau is one of the world's most respected academic leaders.  He was 
remarkably accomplished at Caltech and Georgia Tech.  He has always been 
global in his outlook and perspective.  I can think of no one better prepared 
to lead KAUST to fulfilling its goals." 
KAUST was founded as an international graduate research university in 2007 and 
enrolled its first students in 2009.  The third class of MS students 
graduated, along with the first ten PhD graduates of KAUST, in December 2012. 
Samia Falimban, Head of University Communications, +966 54 470-1203, 
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