Islamabad: Pakistani President Arif Alvi has appointed Saudi educationist Dr. Ahmed bin Salem Al-Amri as pro-chancellor of the International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI).
Dr. Al-Amri has been the president of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh since March 2019.
He expressed his gratitude to the Pakistani president — the IIUI chancellor — for the appointment. In a Twitter post on Monday he said, “May Allah Almighty help me to serve this prestigious university.”
Al-Amri has held numerous positions at King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh. He served as the KSU’s vice rector for graduate studies and scientific research, chairman of the public administration department, dean of faculty and staff, and dean of the business administration college.
He began his academic career at KSU as a teaching assistant in its public administration department from 1985 to 1986, before becoming an assistant professor and then associate professor in the same department from 1993 to 1998 and 1998 to 2004, and professor of organizational behavior and human resources from 2004.
He was a part-time adviser at the Ministry of Higher Education from 2002 to 2005, and at King Fahd Medical City from 2004 to 2007. He has held a similar role at the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs since 2006.
Al-Amri is also a member of KSU’s university council, the board of trustees of Dar Al Uloom University, and the board of trustees of the University of Business and Technology.
He gained a bachelor’s degree in public administration from KSU in 1985, a master’s degree in public administration specializing in human resources and executive public administration from the State University of New York in 1989, and a doctorate in public administration, specializing in human resources and organizational behavior, from the same US institution in 1993.