Oct. 10, 2016

President Atifete Jahjaga

The Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward's University will welcome Atifete Jahjaga, the first woman President of the Republic of Kosovo, Tuesday. Jahjaga is the fourth person to be elected in the international community, approved by the Parliament of Kosovo on April 7, 2011. President Jahjaga also is the youngest woman to be elected to serve as president or in a top leadership role among nations in the world community.

President Jahjaga served as the deputy director and general director of the Police of Kosovo from from 2009 until she became president in 2011. She served as a police officer since the establishment of the Kosovo Police in early 2000, progressing to responsibilities at a regional level and then to General Headquarters. 

Jahjaga completed her studies at the Faculty of Law of the University of Prishtina in 2000. She holds post-graduate degrees and certifications in Police Management and Crime Science from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom and University of Virginia in the United States in 2007. President Jahjaga has also attended professional and research programs at the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice. She holds a Doctor Honoris Causa from Durham University in the United Kingdom and is the recipient of the Leadership in Public Service Award of the Clinton Global Initiative.


She will speak in Jones Auditorium at noon. The event is free and open to the public. 

Upcoming Kozmetsky Center events

Oct. 26, 2016: Nostra Aetate Lecture with Dr. John Esposito

Nov. 1 – 2, 2016: Exploring the Religious-Policy and Security Nexus in Responding to Critical Contemporary Regional and Global Security Challenges with Andrew A. Natsios.

Dec. 5: Native American Perspectives on Science, Spirituality, Nature and the Environment with Dianne Barton.