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Dr. David A. Schmidt


Office of the President


Dr. David A. Schmidt is an executive academic leader and faculty member with over thirty-one years of broadly-based experience. Dr. Schmidt has worked at the range of institutions – public, private, international, and a state system, representing the landscape of higher education and has experienced all aspects of higher education administration. At each stage of his career he was responsible for either campus or system-wide development and administration of programs including strategic planning, policy development, marketing, public relations, and fundraising. His fiscal leadership includes oversight of complex budgets and resources, authorship of grants, and extensive development experience. The responsibility of his current position as President, as well as his previous positions, entails the transformation of an entire campus, essentially influencing the university’s overall strategic direction, and his success has been the result of refined leadership.

Under his leadership AUD established a new dual degree program with Manchester Metropolitan University and a partnership with AMIDEAST to represent AUD in the US for direct enroll study abroad. AUD is now one of only three programs promoted and represented by AMIDEAST in the United States nationwide for direct enrollment.

Before joining AUD, he served as Vice Provost for International Affairs and professor of Global Studies at Middle Tennessee State University. Former positions include the Director of the Institute for Global Studies (IGS) for the University of Wisconsin System (UWS), educating approximately 165,000 students annually, and founding Coordinator of Fox Fellowships at Yale University’s Center for International and Area Studies. As Director of the UWS’s IGS, he created the framework that became the Statewide International Education Council to articulate the importance of international education and to maximize the benefits of the state’s social, economic, and cultural progress. The Council included the Governor, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and representatives from all twenty-six UW intuitions and serves nationally as the prototype of an initiative that integrates international education at all levels of public instruction into a state’s long-term strategic goals.

Dr. Schmidt holds a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, an MA from The Ohio State University and a BA from University of Wisconsin - Madison. He has a strong academic background with numerous publications, including two books, and presentations in addition to experience as a tenured faculty member. He has written extensively on post-WWII issues regarding women’s rights and education in Asia and serves as the first and only international member of the Board of Directors for the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is a certified CEO Peer Evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

A recipient of the AIEA (Association of International Administrators) Presidential Fellowship, the Korea Foundation Research Fellowship and the Mombushō (Japanese Ministry of Education) Fellowship, he also served as a fellow in Harvard University’s IEM (Institute for Educational Management). Privileged to live a “global nomad” life, as a student, faculty or administrator, Dr. Schmidt has worked at, or studied at, 16 different universities in 5 different countries, 6 different states and 15 different cities worldwide. This unique multi-cultural, diverse and global background has served him well in his role as a forward-thinking and globally inspired academic leader.


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