February 10, 2015
Staff members gathered on a September afternoon in 2014 to bid farewell to a long-standing, proud member of the University Libraries, Mr. Elie Semaan, who retired after serving at AUB for 44 years.
During January of 1971, Elie was offered his first job at the University Libraries at AUB while he was still continuing his education, majoring in Law. On a daily basis, Elie would leave the office early to go to university and pursue his bachelor degree. He was among the first employees who were offered such an arrangement.
He graduated in 1975, at the outburst of the Lebanese war, and remained at the libraries, awaiting the end of the war. But the war years were long, and he moved from one role to the other, within the libraries’ departments, until he attained the title of “Head of the Acquisitions Department”. He showed up to work daily, despite the war and its difficult times and remained loyal to AUB and to the Libraries throughout the years.
In the year 2000, Semaan assumed the role of “Secretary” of the Workers and Staff Syndicate of AUB and was later assigned as Vice President of the syndicate.
Talking about AUB, Semaan says” AUB is a grand, grand institution and we should all support it with all what we’ve got. .. Individuals will come and go, but this institution remains and will remain to raise many generations to come… Once we leave this institution, we realize what it means to us, and what benefits it offers us.”
He adds” Had I been able to stay and offer more work and service to this institution, I would. But unfortunately, everything eventually comes to an end. I wish AUB continuous prosperity and progress”.