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About Hellenic American University

The Hellenic American University (HAU) was established as a United States institution of higher education on May 11, 2004 through an Act of the General Court of the State of New Hampshire. This legislation created a fully American university chartered in the Granite State. As a fully accredited (NECHE), international, non-profit U.S university, HAU is a leader in providing life-long learning opportunities for students world-wide.

HAU’s Athens campus, located in Athens, Greece, offers students an incredible location and an opportunity to expand their academic careers in the birthplace of democracy. Our Athens campus, run through an Agreement of Cooperation with Hellenic American College, offers a full range of intellectually engaging undergraduate and linked graduate programs taught by a diverse and international faculty that is strong in research and at the same time committed to excellence in teaching. Hellenic American College is also the main venue for Athens-based classes in the University’s Study Abroad Program.

Hellenic American University offers a full range of Graduate and Undergraduate programs that are interdisciplinary, career-relevant and culturally informed. Students enjoy seminar-style classes that encourage participation in learning, small class size, and the opportunity to study in NH, Greece, or remotely. As with all programs at HAU, students finish the program equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to lead them on a successful career path.



Hellenic American University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Accreditation by the Commission indicates that the institution meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied through a peer review process. An accredited college or university has been found to have the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs. It also gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

Accreditation by the Commission is not partial and applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the institution’s affiliation status with the Commission should be directed to:

New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803
Direct line to Commission offices: (781) 425-7785
E-mail: cihe@neasc.org
Website: cihe.neasc.org

University Administration

Leonidas Phoebus Koskos, President

Born in Athens, Leonidas Phoebus Koskos studied law, economics and political science at the University of Athens Law School and subsequently at the Law School of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where he was a scholarship recipient of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

A member of the Athens Bar Association, he continues to practice law, with a particular focus on corporate, labor, association and copyright law. He was as Assistant to the Chair for the Philosophy of Law and the Introduction to the Science of Law at the University of Athens Law School.

Mr. Koskos was actively involved in a number of industry and employer associations that aim to highlight the role of private initiative and the difficulties it faces in Greece. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of Greek Industries (SEV), co-founder and President of the Federation of Greek Food Industries (SEVT), and co-founder, Secretary General and President of the National Council for Private Initiative.

He was equally active in similar European organizations, serving as Vice-President and then as an elected President of CIAA (Confédération des Industries Agro-Alimentaires de l’Union Européenne), which represents the interests of more than 500,000 European businesses. He also was as a member of the Committee of the European Social Fund.

Mr. Koskos also served as President and Governor of the National Welfare Organization, an organization focusing on less privileged social groups in Greece. In his capacity as Executive Director of the Hellenic American Union, he revitalized the organization and repositioned it at the forefront of Greece’s cultural and educational life. As chief executive officer of these state and private public-benefit organizations, Mr. Koskos developed a broad range of cultural and educational programs and initiatives.

Continuing his leadership role in education, he was appointed Executive Vice President of Hellenic American University in 2004 and became its President in 2012, a position he continues to hold.

Mr. Koskos is an Eisenhower Fellow (1985) and the recipient of the Chevalier dans l’ Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

Mr. Koskos speaks Greek, English, German and French.

Leonidas Tzonis, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Leonidas Tzonis is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hellenic American University. Dr. Tzonis holds a Ph.D. from the Newcastle Business School, UK, an M.Sc. in Finance and Investment, a PG Certificate in Higher Education from the University of Durham, and a B.Sc. in Economics and Business Finance from Brunel University.

Mr. Tzonis was a full-time member of the Business School Faculty at Durham University, a visiting lecturer at the Singapore Institute of Management, and a distance learning tutor for SOAS (University of London). He served as Professor of Business at Hellenic American University before assuming duties as Executive Vice President.

As a consultant, Mr. Tzonis works with firms in Greece, Northern Africa and Central Asia. He is a founding member and sits on the Board of Directors of International Educational Consulting Ltd and was co-founder and vice-president of the International University of Libya, the first English-speaking fully accredited higher education institution in the country.