Andrew Wachtel, dean of the graduate school at Northwestern University is leaving to become president of the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

NU Provost Daniel Linzer, in a statement announcing Wachtel’s departure, called the new job “a fascinating opportunity.”

Andrew Wachtel, dean of the graduate school at Northwestern University is leaving to become president of the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

NU Provost Daniel Linzer, in a statement announcing Wachtel’s departure, called the new job “a fascinating opportunity.”

Wachtel is has studied the culture and history of Russia, Eastern Europe and the Balkans, and has been a faculty member at Northwestern since 1991. He has served as dean of The Graduate School since 2004, where he’s been an advocate for globalization of the school’s programs.

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, Andrew kept up an ambitious teaching and research agenda while dean, publishing a half dozen books and more than 20 articles as well as mentoring numerous Ph.D. students.

Linzer says Wachtel will retain his faculty appointment at Northwestern while he works to make the American University of Central Asia the leading liberal arts university in a quickly changing region.

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