Dawn Dekle

Dawn Dekle

Dr. Dekle is the fourth president of the American University of Nigeria.

Before joining AUN, Dr. Dekle was president of Orkhon University in Mongolia, the first university to open after the transition from Communism. Before joining Orkhon University, Dr. Dekle was president of the American University of Iraq, provost at the American University of Afghanistan, and dean at the S P Jain School of Management in Singapore. 

Prior to becoming a senior administrator, she was a faculty member at Singapore Management University, the National University of Singapore, James Madison University, and Dartmouth College. Dr. Dekle has held leadership positions outside of academia, such as a Council Member for the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, and as a leadership specialist and Global Knowledge Manager at the consulting firm McKinsey & Co, where she helped launch the McKinsey Center for Asian Leadership.

As a scholar of psychology, leadership, law and management, Dr. Dekle has published in academic journals, presented at international conferences, given keynote addresses for the Young Presidents Organization, and served as an analyst for television and radio regarding President Obama and his strategies in Asia and the Middle East.

Dr. Dekle earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M University, Ph.D. in psychology from Dartmouth College, and J.D. from Stanford University Law School.

Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering at animal shelters and refugee camps, outdoor photography, movies, bird watching, travel, sporting events, fashion design, collecting Starbucks coffee mugs, exercising, reading history and biographies, off-roading, and imagining the future.