Dr. Bryan MacLean is the American University of Phnom Penh’s (AUPP) new Director of Quality Assurance. He also holds an appointment as Associate Professor in the Life Science Department. Dr. MacLean comes to AUPP by way of Alaska where he has over 25 plus years of experience in higher education and public sector community development.
Dr. MacLean received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Waikato New Zealand, a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, and undergraduate degrees in Natural Resources and Wildlife Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Dr. Mac Lean’s diverse background reflects his interest in and involvement in the international arena with indigenous education and development. Dr.Mac Lean has served as an instructor and senior level administrator for tribal colleges, universities, and polytechnics in Alaska, New Zealand, and Saudi Arabia. He has also facilitated numerous community development and human potential workshops, retreats, and training sessions with indigenous groups and tribal organizations in Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand, Denmark, Greenland, and Rapa Nui.
Dr. Mac Lean’s considerable experience in institutional effectiveness, quality assurance, and policy development, is grounded in a strong teaching and research background. He has held research appointments at the University of Waikato’s Center for Maorri Studies and Research, the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Center for Cross-Cultural Studies; and Te Wanaga o Aotearoa’s Centre for Applied Research. Prior to pursuing his interest in higher education, Dr. Mac Lean was actively involved in the public sector as a City Manager, Regional Coastal Management Director, and as an education/community development consultant to indigenous groups and tribal organizations in Alaska, New Zealand, and Rapa Nui.