Dear Members of the North American University Community,
It is my privilege and honor to be appointed as the third president of North American University (NAU). I want to thank the Board of Trustees for choosing me, and for the enormous trust they have placed in me. NAU is one of the rising stars of higher education in Texas. Its growth in recent years is admired by many others, and I am committed to continuing on the path of excellence.
I also want to express my deepest appreciation for all the community members have done to help this institution reach its current level. Your continuous commitment to excellence will be the greatest asset to take our university to the next level.
Dr. Serif Ali Tekalan
Dr. Serif Ali Tekalan comes to NAU with a wealth of experience in higher education. He was the Chairman of the International Association of Universities and the former President of Fatih University and Professor at their Medical School. He also served as a member of the Higher Education Executive Committee overseeing all the universities in Turkey between 1992 and 1996 and the head of the Board of Trustees of Fatih University between 2000 and 2005.
Dr. Tekalan received his M.D. from School of Medicine, Ege University in 1976. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, & Throat) in the same university and worked as Clinical Fellow and Professor in several other universities for more than 30 years. Dr. Tekalan received many scholarships from prestigious European universities. He also worked as a Visiting Research Scholar in some other American and European universities and hospitals including Hospital Cantonal de Geneve in Switzerland and Harvard Medical School in U.S. Dr. Tekalan has more than 80 scholarly publications and several books.