Winter - Spring 2003

The Head of Dow Chemical in Russia meets with RACU Business Students. RACU business students had the privilege of meeting with the General Manager of Dow Chemical at one of the university’s Business Forum. The meeting proved to be an important learning experience for all the participants. For a summary of the presentation made by Andriaan Van Den Berge, Dow’s General Manager in Russia, click here.

RACU Searches for a New Chief Business Officer. When the RACU Search Committee met and unanimously agreed to appoint Dr. David Broersma as RACU’s new Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA), they also approved of the creation of a new staff position to share the leadership role. The committee has now initiated a new search process for a Vice President for Business Affairs. Click here for a copy of the position description. The committee agreed that it would prefer to have a Russian fill this role, but that foreign nationals would also be considered, including a retired American business leader who could train a Russian national for this position over 2-3 years. Please help us advertise this position to qualified people that you know.

A New Academic Leader in Moscow. RACU’s search for a new vice president for academic affairs has ended after only two short months! The search, which began in Winter 2002, followed the announcement by Dr. Larry Ort that he would be returning to the States at the end of June 2003. Dr. David Broersma, Chair of the English Department, was unanimously chosen by the Search Committee to fill this position. Dr. Broersma has been a faculty member at RACU for six years and has built the English Department into the strongest of the university’s academic divisions. Dr. Broersma’s Ph.D. is from the University of Illinois in second language acquisition and these credentials will serve him well in this new post. He is also bilingual (English and Russian), a key factor for this critical position. David and his wife Cathy have four children and recently purchased an apartment in Moscow. The faculty, staff and Board of Trustees are unanimous in their support for Dr. Broersma; the transition will begin this Spring semester, allowing for a smooth and gradual transfer of leadership.

Educational License Renewed. RACU is pleased to announce that its educational license was renewed in early January for another five years. This license, which was signed by the Russian Minister of Education, Vladimir Filippov, gives RACU the authority to offer undergraduate and some graduate courses at its newly leased campus facility in Moscow. RACU staff will now direct their efforts toward securing the university’s accreditation, a process that was temporarily put on hold until the license renewal was completed.

These achievements are no small feat: the amount of paperwork required for licensing and accreditation in Russia far surpasses anything in the States. RACU staff members spent many long hours preparing the appropriate documentation for licensing and now have an even greater task ahead of them as RACU applies for accreditation. But, for now, the bottom line is this: RACU has once again been given the authority to operate as a non-commercial (private) higher education institution in the Russian Federation.