The Chief Executive Officer of AUN is the President, who is in charge of the day-to-day management of the University.
Each of the of the University's Schools is led by a dean.
Other officers of the University include: Three Assistant Vice-Presidents, Three Executive Directors, University Librarian, Registrar and Directors.
Abubakar Abba TahirVP, University Relations
Abubakar Abba Tahir holds a PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Maiduguri and a Master's Degree in Special English from Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola. His Bachelor’s degree is also in Mass Communication from the University of Maiduguri. His undergraduate and graduate theses focus on a variety of critical communication research areas namely: Emergency Communication Management (PhD), Style in Broadcast News Commentary (MA), News-Magazines & National Integration (BSc).
Abba Tahir currently serves as Vice President for University Relations at American University of Nigeria (AUN). He joined AUN in 2003 and took responsibility for founding the University Relations and Admissions departments. He initially served as Press Advisor to the AUN Planning & Implementation Committees on start-up visibility options for the University and also organized media campaigns for AUN's ground-breaking events in October 2004. From 2005 - 2009, Tahir served as Director Public Affairs in charge of marketing the University through formal and informal media and speaking for the institution at public functions in Nigeria, and around the world. In November 2010, Tahir became Director PR & Communications, a position he held until April 2011 when he rose to the post of Assistant Vice-President for Public Relations & Communications. In August 2013, he was re-designated as Assistant Vice-President for Public Affairs, until December 2017, when he became the substantive Vice President for University Relations. Tahir has severally served as Acting President of the American University of Nigeria.
Prior to joining AUN, Abba had an active professional career in radio, television and newspaper journalism, media management, public relations and marketing. Between 1983 and 1989, he worked with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Yola as News Assistant and in 1989 and 1990, he served as Information Officer at the National Directorate for Social Mobilization, Lagos. He later went on to join Hotline News-Magazine, Kaduna as Senior Staff Writer between 1990 and 1991. He later worked with the Voice of Nigeria International Radio Service from 1991 till 1999. He started as News Editor and later became Head of Fulfulde Language Service. He left Voice of Nigeria as Head Foreign Affairs Desk. Abba Tahir was later appointed as General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, for Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation in 1999 until 2003. While in this position, he became the Vice President of Broadcasting Organizations of Nigeria (BON) for the north-east region. For many years, he has been a Freelance Journalist with The Guardian, National Concord, Vanguard, Daily Times and The Democrat newspapers in Lagos. In 2008 he joined the Editorial Board of NewsPage newspapers Abuja and served as a Columnist until 2009.
Since 2008 he has been an Adjunct Professor of Speech Communication at the American University of Nigeria. In 2011 he served as Assistant Professor of Public Speaking & Broadcasting at American University of Nigeria. From 2009 - 2011 he was a Visiting Instructor at Modibbo Adama University of Technology Yola. His teaching interests cover Public Speaking, Marketing Communications, Broadcasting, News Writing, Public Relations, etc. Since the founding of Gotel Communications, Abba Tahir has been a Director on the board of the company and has had a variety of professional training experiences in Nigeria and abroad which include:
- 1983: Newscasting & TV Presentation Techniques Training - Television College Jos, Nigeria.
- 1994: Radio Broadcast Production Course: Radio Nigeria Training School Lagos.
- 1996: General Management Course - The Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Badagry, Lagos.
- 2000: Broadcast Executives Management Training - Deutsche Welle Broadcast Academy, Cologne, Germany.
- 2000: Public Relations & Marketing - American University Washington DC
- 2006: Leadership Training as Fellow of the Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA) at the Centre for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC.
Abba has received numerous awards which include;
- 1994: University of Maiduguri Distinguished Alumnus Award.
- 2003: Distinguished Public Service Award, Institute of Corporate Executives of Nigeria.
- 2003: Media Leadership Merit Award, National Union of Journalists.
- 2005: National Youth Council of Nigeria Public Service Award.
- 2009: Literary Service Recognition Award, Association of Nigerian Authors.
- Special Alumnus Recognition Award, Mass Communication Students Association, University of Maiduguri, 2010.
- And in 2014, he was admitted into the Fellowship of the Institute of Global Communication & Diplomacy in Lagos.
Dr. Lionel RawlinsAVP, Safety & Security Operations
Dr. Rawlins holds a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from the California State University in 1994 and bagged a Doctor of Management degree from the University of Phoenix in 2006. His areas of expertise include military warfare, counter-terrorism, business management, international business, leadership, industrial and maritime terrorism, satanic/religious cults, disaster/consequence management, law enforcement and gangs.
Prior to joining AUN, Lionel was the President and Founder of The VonFrederick Group, a Sacramento, California based counter-terrorism and criminological organization. As President of the Group, he identified terrorism, criminology practices, disaster management, and other conditions that have placed governments, law enforcement agencies, militaries, businesses, corporations and industries at unnecessary risks. Dr. Rawlins has a vast experience working in Europe, Africa, Asia, Central and South American, the Middle East and the Far East, as a criminologist and counter-terrorism expert, making appearances on numerous television interviews and talk-radio, discussing homeland security and terrorism issues as well as criminal profiling and criminal behavior. He was a United States Marine, and served in various capacities in the Corps such as Marine Corps Drill Instructor (D.I) at Parris Island, South Carolina; an NCO Academy Instructor in Japan and an Officer Candidates School Instructor at Quantico Virginia.
During his career, Dr. Rawlins actively got involved in the rehabilitation of teenagers. He worked as Executive Director of a Non-Profit Organization that housed teenage female gang-bangers involved in drugs, prostitution and extremely violent crimes. He also served as the Administrator of another facility for extremely violent adolescent boys with strong gang affiliations. He has also been Head of Security for major private companies as well as consultant on school violence, doing work for one of the largest school districts in Sacramento. He has written extensively on different topics bordering around security, terrorism, genocide and the ritualistic crimes of satanic cults. Some of his publications include Security Officers Training Manual. Iowa, Kendall Hunt Publishing (June 2011); Satanic Cults and Ritualistic Crimes. Fact or Fiction. Iowa, Kendall Hunt Publishing (July 2011); “Is there a Relationship between Terrorism and Genocide”? The Autopsy of Genocide. New York, The Edwin Mellen Press; “Indifference + Inaction = Genocide”. Anatomy of Genocide: State Sponsored Mass-Killings in the Twentieth Century. New York, The Edwin Mellen Press (May 2001) and Genocide Murders and the Failure of Justice, Wihogora Rwanda: An International Journal of Genocide. Mukantabana Press (December, 1999).
Dr. Rawlins is a member of the Toastmasters International, Golden Key National Honour Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, Criminal Justice Honor Society, and the American Society of Criminology. He is also a Board Member at the Sacramento State University and the Sonoma State University Holocaust and Genocide Caucus.