David Arnold

President of American University in Cairo


David Arnold became the 10th President of The American University in Cairo in September 2003. Prior to joining AUC, Arnold served for six years as Executive Vice-President of the Institute of International Education, the world’s largest and oldest non-profit educational exchange organization. From 1991 to 1997, Arnold worked in New Delhi as the Ford Foundation’s representative for India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Beginning in 1984, he also served as a Program Officer and Deputy Director for Governance and Public Policy in the Foundation’s New York headquarters. 

Mr. Arnold began his public service career in 1975 in his home state of Michigan, serving as a Program Budget Analyst with the Michigan Department of Labor. He moved to Washington, DC in 1977 to join the National Governors’ Association, where he handled intergovernmental relations in the areas of employment, housing and economic development. He later served as Executive Director of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, a regional think-tank and policy institute serving the northeast region of the United States. Mr. Arnold holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Public Administration from Michigan State University.