AUBG Honorary Degree Recipient 2003
Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa)

Petar Stoyanov served as President of the Republic of Bulgaria from 1997-2002.  Under his leadership, Bulgaria ratified the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities of the Council of Europe, applied for NATO membership, began accession negotiations with the European Union, and joined the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member.  President Stoyanov’s election in 1996 came after the introduction of Europe’s first presidential primary system.

As President, Petar Stoyanov was appointed a member of the Policy Advisory Commission of the World Intellectual Property Organization.  He was the year 2000 recipient of the Annual Award of Crans Montana World Economic Summit for his contribution to the development of democracy and free market economy.  In 1999, he was awarded the Annual Award of the Association of Russian Lawyers.  He received the 1998 Annual Award of the American Bar Association and that same year, the Anti-Defamation League’s Courage to Care Award.

In 2002, as a fellow of The German Marshall Fund, Petar Stoyanov delivered lectures in the USA at Northwestern University (Chicago), Georgetown University (Washington, DC), John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (Boston), New York University (New York), Arizona State University (Phoenix), American Bar Association (Washington, DC). During his stay in the United States, President Stoyanov has been asked for his participation in several international projects. He has accepted the invitation to join the Board of President Clinton's Initiative on Global Opportunity, Fairness and Growth, the Advisory Council of Secretary William Cohen's Leaders Project, and the International Advisory Committee of the Journal of Democracy of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Petar Stoyanov was a Member of the Bulgarian National Assembly from 1994-1997.  In the Assembly, he served as Deputy Chairman of the Union of Democratic Forces (UDF) parliamentary group.  Previously, Mr. Stoyanov served as Deputy Minister of Justice responsible for human rights and worked to secure Bulgaria’s ratification of the European Convention on Human Rights in 1992.  Holding a law degree from the University of Sofia, Mr. Stoyanov practiced civil law from 1977-1992.  President Stoyanov, who was born in 1952 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, speaks German, English, and Russian.  He is married to Antonina Stoyanova.  They have two children.

Excerpts from the short biography included in the commencement program booklet distributed at the ceremony 2003.