IAUP President Dr. Neal King was invited to meet with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during a recent visit to New York. Dr. King was appointed President of IAUP by its Board after the untimely death of former IAUP President, Dr. J. Michael Adams.
Dr. King stated, “It was a true honor to meet with Mr. Ban during this visit, as we share a mutual enthusiasm for the International Association of University Presidents organization and global higher education. I look forward to leading IAUP and continuing the legacy and close relationship with the United Nations that my friend and colleague, Dr. J. Michael Adams, established.”
In his role as President of IAUP, Dr. King is working with the Secretary-General on the United Nations Academic Impact Initiative, and is a member of the joint IAUP / United Nation’s Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace. Founded in 1990, the commission’s overall mission is to “promote peace in our global society; to promote a more equal distribution of wealth and social conditions; and to promote tolerance, mutual understanding, and respect.” Commission members consist of representatives from colleges and universities from around the globe as well as UN staff.
In addition to his role as president of IAUP, Dr. King currently serves as president of Sofia University, is a founding member of the LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education, and is also a member of the Executive Board of California Campus Compact.