Francis J. Ricciardone
Francis J. Ricciardone was appointed as the twelfth president of the American University in Cairo and began his term in 2016. From 2014 to 2016, he was vice president of the Atlantic Council and director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. He served as a foreign service officer from 1978 to 2014, including appointments as U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Turkey, and the Philippines, and chargé d’affaires and deputy ambassador to Afghanistan. Ricciardone was a distinguished scholar at the United States Institute of Peace from 2008 to 2009. After graduating summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1973, Ricciardone received a Fulbright Scholarship and taught in U.S. international schools in Trieste, Italy, and Tehran, Iran. He speaks Arabic, Turkish, Italian, and French.