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Dr. David A. Schmidt


Office of the President


Dr. David A. Schmidt is a seasoned administrator with over 25 years of experience in American higher education. Before joining AUD, he served as Vice Provost for International Affairs and Professor of Global Studies and Human Geography at Middle Tennessee State University. He has held leadership positions and played a key role in the transformation of a range of institutions, public, private, and a state system, representing the landscape of higher education including University of the Pacific, the University of Wisconsin System and Yale University.


Dr. Schmidt holds a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University, an MA from The Ohio State University and a BA from University of Wisconsin. He has written extensively on post-WWII issues regarding women’s rights and education in Japan and South Korea. His book entitled Broken Silence: ianfu-the comfort women of the Japanese Imperial Army is the seminal pioneering academic text that utilizes Japanese and Korean primary sources in addition to interviews with former iaufu and U.S. and Japanese military personnel. He is also co-author of the book Gogatsu no shi (Poems of May): Terayama Shuji, in addition to numerous other publications and presentations.


A recipient of the AIEA (Association of International Administrators) Presidential Fellowship, the Korea Foundation Research Fellowship and the Mombushō Fellowship,
he also participated as a fellow in Harvard University’s IEM (Institute for Educational Management).


President Schmidt and his wife, Yuchun, are honored to be a part of the AUD community and pleased to be in the beautiful city of Dubai.