American University of Bahrain appoints new president


The American University of Bahrain (AUBH) has appointed Dr. Bradley J. Cook to be its next president, starting in the summer of 2022 and succeeding Dr. Susan E. Saxton. He joins AUBH with over thirty years of distinguished international and regional experience in higher education across the US and the Middle East.

Dr. Cook is an accomplished leader that has contributed to exceptional student outcomes and institutional development in his previous senior-level positions at US accredited higher education institutions. Having spent considerable time in the Middle East in his early life, he eventually obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Middle East Studies from the University of Oxford. He is deeply committed to supporting the development of Bahrain and the region and delivering high quality higher education. Dr. Cook also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University.

Dr. Cook previously served as the 17th president of Snow College in the U.S. and led it through record growth and other successes including the best ranking in the State of Utah by US News and World Report and 7th best public college in the West. In 2020, Snow College was ranked number one nationally in its class for student success.

Earlier in his career, Dr. Cook served as provost at Southern Utah University (SUU) during a period where it achieved record high student success rates, created over 25 new academic programs and centers, and elevated SUU’s academic reputation as one of the premier public regional universities in the Intermountain West.

Dr. Cook has previously served as president of the Abu Dhabi Women’s College and worked at the American University in Cairo (AUC).

He also served as a Commissioner for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, a highly reputed US institutional accrediting body.  

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