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Alum Kenneth Holland has played a significant role in rebuilding higher education in the war-torn nation of Afghanistan.

Kenneth Holland, a 1970 Furman graduate, became president of American University of Afghanistan in June 2017. After playing a significant role in rebuilding higher education in the war-torn nation, he assumed the presidency of the university just one day after a major terror attack in Kabul.

Holland graduated summa cum laude from Furman in 1970 with a degree in political science. He went on to earn a master’s degree in government from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He has held a variety of positions in higher education, including the University of Wisconsin–Madison, University of Vermont, University of Memphis, Luther College, Kansas State University and Ball State University.

UVA Today interviewed Holland shortly after he became president of American University of Afghanistan.

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