Elie Semaan, University Libraries’ staff member retires after many years of service

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”.

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  1. Ziyad Yamut
    May 21, 2015 at 1:40 pm — Reply

    Mr Semaan was among the very kind and helping staff whom I met at the Libraries. When I was first working at the UHS (Infirmary) in 1991, he advised me -when he saw me there- to fill a vacant position at the Libraries (Engineering).It was in his belief that I could have benefits.Now that I have finished my BA and gotten promoted at the Libraries, I realized how his advice was genuine and sound.Thank you very much Mr Semaan and I do wish you happy retirement! We’re going to miss you .

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