December 2, 2011

This week President Bruce Boghosian announced the appointment of two new members of AUA’s Senior Administration team: Gevorg Goyunyan to the position of Vice President of Finance/CFO and Ashot Ghazarian to the position of Vice President of Operations/COO. Goyunyan has been with the University for more than 10 years, most recently as Controller and Director of Business Development, and Ghazarian comes to AUA after leading the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) in Armenia for nearly two decades.

Goyunyan started with AUA in its Oakland office as Financial Analyst and later held positions of Controller and Director of Business Development.  Prior to joining AUA, he worked in the consulting and banking sectors in Armenia.  Goyunyan holds multiple advanced degrees in Economics from Yerevan State University, an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the State University of New York in Binghamton and a BBA from Haigazian University in Beirut, Lebanon.

Ghazarian spent the last twenty years as Director of the AGBU Armenia.  During that time he also served as a member of the RA Committee on Humanitarian Projects, the Academic Council of the Yerevan State Academy of Fine Arts; the Board of Trustees of the World Bank-funded Social Investment Fund of Armenia; and Friends of the Armenian State Philharmonic Orchestra.  Prior to leading the AGBU, Ghazarian headed the Medical Cybernetics Laboratory of the Yerevan Surgical Institute, headed a Department in the Experimental Factory of the Yerevan Physics Institute, and worked as Head of the Supply Department of the Bridge Construction Company of the Armenian Highway Construction Ministry.   Ghazarian holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the State Engineering University of Armenia.

The appointments come as AUA undergoes an expansion of its administration capacity in preparation for the proposed launch of its undergraduate program in 2013, pending WASC approval.  The university’s Strategic Plan calls for a fourfold increase in the size of the student body by 2017.  Additionally, the AGBU Papazian Library is about to begin a major renovation that will double its size. The library expansion project is funded by a grant from the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad.

President Boghosian, in welcoming Goyunyan and Ghazarian to the university’s senior administration, indicated his satisfaction that two such experienced and accomplished administrators were joining the Senior Administration team of the university.

Gevorg Goyunyan Ashot Ghazarian