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School of the Art Institute of Chicago

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is one of America’s largest accredited independent schools of art and design. It is located in the Loop in Chicago, Illinois. The school is associated with the museum of the same name, and “The Art Institute of Chicago” or “Chicago Art Institute” often refers to either entity. Providing degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, SAIC has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top two graduate art programs in the nation, as well as by Columbia University’s National Arts Journalism survey as the most influential art school in the United States.
SAIC has been accredited since 1936 by the Higher Learning Commission, by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design since 1944 (charter member), and by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) since its founding in 1991. Additionally it is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board.
Its downtown Chicago campus consists of seven buildings located in the immediate vicinity of the AIC building. SAIC is in an equal partnership with the AIC and share many administrative resources such as design, construction, and human resources. The campus, located in the Loop, comprises chiefly three buildings: the Michigan (112 S. Michigan Ave.), the Sharp (37 S. Wabash Ave.), and the Columbus (280 S. Columbus Dr.). SAIC also owns additional buildings throughout Chicago that are used as student galleries or investments

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The institute has its roots in the 1866 founding of the Chicago Academy of Design, which local artists established in rented rooms on Clark Street. It was financed by member dues and patron donations. Four years later, the school moved into its own Adams Street building, which was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
Because of the school’s financial and managerial problems after this loss, business leaders in 1878 formed a board of trustees and founded the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. They expanded its mission beyond education and exhibitions to include collecting. In 1882, the academy was renamed the Art Institute of Chicago. The banker Charles L. Hutchinson served as its elected president until his death in 1924.
SAIC offers classes in art and technology; arts administration; art history, theory, and criticism; art education and art therapy; ceramics; fashion design; filmmaking; historic preservation; architecture; interior architecture; designed objects; journalism; painting and drawing; performance; photography; printmaking; sculpture; sound; time arts (time-based media); video kelme shoes futsal; visual communication; visual and critical studies; and writing. SAIC also serves as a resource for issues related to the position and importance of the arts in society.
SAIC also offers low-residency master’s degree programs in Studio and Writing.
Founded in 1868, the Visiting Artists Program (VAP) is one of the oldest public programs of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Formalized in 1951 by Flora Mayer Witkowsky’s endowment of a supporting fund, the Visiting Artists Program hosts public presentations by artists, designers, and scholars each year in lectures, symposia, performances, and screenings. It is an eclectic program that showcases artists’ working in all media, including sound, video, performance, poetry, painting, and independent film; in addition to significant curators, critics, and art historians.
The primary mission of the program is to educate and foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through discourse. VAP maintains a long-standing commitment to ethnic and gender diversity; it has been at the forefront of the movement toward a more socially engaged and theoretically informed aesthetic dialogue.
Recent visiting artists have included Catherine Opie bogner ski jacket, Andi Zeisler, Aaron Koblin, Jean Shin kelme shoes futsal, Sam Lipsyte, Ben Marcus, Marilyn Minter, Pearl Fryar, Tehching Hsieh, Homi K. Bhabha, Bill Fontana, Wolfgang Laib, Suzanne Lee, and Amar Kanwar among others.
Additionally, the Distinguished Alumni Series brings alumni back to the community to present their work and reflect on how their experiences at SAIC have shaped them. Recent alumni speakers include Tania Bruguera, Jenni Sorkin, Kori Newkirk, Maria Martinez-Cañas, Saya Woolfalk, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, and Sanford Biggers to name a few.
ExTV is a student-run time-arts platform that broadcasts online and on campus. Its broadcasts are available via monitors located throughout the 112 S. Michigan building, the 37 S Wabash building, and the 280 S. Columbus building. It is available on campus and off campus at extvsaic.org and on cantv.
F Newsmagazine is a student-run newspaper with both paid and volunteer positions. The magazine is a monthly publication with a run of 12,000 copies. Copies are distributed throughout the city, mainly at locations frequented by students such as popular diners and movie theaters, and is also online.
It was awarded Best in Overall Design by the Student Society of News Design in its 2012 design contest, as well as a number of other awards for its designers.
In recent years, F Newsmagazine has won the Pacemaker Award and Online Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press and Newspaper Association of America, as well as Silver and Gold Crown awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and Best Website from the Illinois College Press Association.
Free Radio SAIC is the student-run Internet radio station of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Free Radio uses an open programming format and encourage its DJs to explore and experiment with the medium of live radio. Program content and style vary but generally include music from all genres, sound art, narratives, live performances, current events and interviews.
Featured bands and guests on Free Radio SAIC include Nü Sensae, The Black Belles, Thomas Comerford, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jeff Bennett, Carolyn Lawrence, and much more.
The student government of SAIC is unique in that its constitution resembles a socialist republic, in which four officers hold equal power and responsibility. Elections are held every year. There are no campaign requirements. Any group of four students may run for office, but there must always be four students.
The student government is responsible for hosting a school-wide student meeting once a month. At these meetings students discuss school concerns of any nature. The predominant topic is funding for the various student organizations. Organizations which desire funding must present a proposal at the meeting by which the students vote whether they should receive monies or not. The student government cannot participate in the vote: only oversee it.
The student government is also responsible for the distribution of the Peanut Butter & Jelly Fund, Welcome Back to School Party, Monthly Morning Coffees, Open Forums, Barbecues in the Pit (the outdoor area at the entrance of the 280 S Columbus Building), Holiday Art Sale, and a Materials Event. In the past Student Government has accomplished such things as campus-wide recycling, and access to the Chicago Transit Authority’s U-Pass.
In a survey conducted by the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University, SAIC was named the “most influential art school” by art critics at general interest news publications from across the United States.
In 2012, US News ranked SAIC the second best overall graduate program for fine arts in the U.S. tying with the Rhode Island school of Design. In January 2013

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, The Global Language Monitor ranked SAIC as the #5 college in the U.S., the highest ever for an art or design school in a general college ranking.
On May 11, 1988, a student painting depicting Harold Washington, the first black mayor of Chicago, was torn down by some of the city’s African-American aldermen — over the protests of many who attempted to block them — based on its content. The painting, titled “Mirth & Girth” by David Nelson, was of Washington clad only in women’s underwear holding a pencil. Washington had died on November 25, 1987.
The painting was returned after a day, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department and the aldermen. The ACLU claimed the removal violated Nelson’s First, Fourth, and Fourteenth amendment rights. Nelson ended up receiving a monetary settlement for damage to the painting which occurred during its confiscation.
In February 1989, a student named “Dread” Scott Tyler draped the Flag of the United States across the floor for a piece titled “What Is The Proper Way To Display A U.S. Flag?” The piece consisted of a podium with a notebook for viewers to express how they felt about the exhibit. However, the podium was set upon a flag laid on the floor. In order for viewers to write in the notebook, they would have to walk on the flag. Viewers were occasionally arrested at the request of veterans. The school stood by the student’s art in the face of protests and threats. That year, the school’s federal funding was cut from $70,000 to $1 and many benefactors pulled donations.[citation needed]
This is a list of property in order of acquisition:
SAIC also owns these properties outside of the immediate vicinity of the Chicago Loop:
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McFadden & Whitehead

McFadden and Whitehead were an American songwriting, production, and recording duo, best known for their signature tune “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”. They wrote and produced some of the most popular R&B hits of the 1970s, and were primarily associated with Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia International soul music record label.

When they were teenagers bogner ski jacket, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead formed a group called The Epsilons. The personnel included Allen Beatty, James Knight, and future Blue Notes member Lloyd Parks. They were discovered by Otis Redding and toured with him during the late 1960s until Redding’s death in a plane crash in 1967.
The duo later joined Philly International Records, where they wrote several hits songs, the first being “Back Stabbers” in 1972 for the The O’Jays. It reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart.
McFadden and Whitehead also wrote songs such as “I’ll Always Love My Momma”, “Bad Luck”, “Wake Up Everybody”, “Where Are All My Friends”, “The More I Get, The More I Want”, and “Cold

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, Cold World”. The production team also worked with Melba Moore, Freddie Jackson, producer Rahni Song and Gloria Gaynor, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Gladys Knight, The Jackson 5, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls, Archie Bell & the Drells, Jerry Bell and The Intruders.
McFadden and Whitehead formed together as a group officially under the name “McFadden & Whitehead” in 1977. The pinnacle of their success came in 1979 with “Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now,” which went to #1 on the R&B charts, #13 on the pop charts, sold eight million records worldwide and was nominated for a Grammy Award. The duo was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where they sang their most famous song on an episode in which Oprah featured the top hits of the 1970s.
Other hits co-written by McFadden & Whitehead include:
According to the American Top 40 radio program for the week ended August 4, 1979, Casey Kasem reported that McFadden and Whitehead were in Chicago on May 25, 1979 promoting their music and doing various interviews. Because they agreed to do one more music interview at the last minute, they decided to reschedule their flight to Los Angeles to the next day, May 26. They were originally scheduled to fly on American Airlines Flight 191 on May 25, which crashed shortly after take off from O’Hare International Airport killing all 258 passengers plus the crew.
On May 11, 2004, Whitehead was murdered on the street outside of his Philadelphia home studio futsal shoes kelme, while standing aside as a young man made repairs on his SUV. There, he was shot once by one of several unknown gunmen, who then fled. The case remains unsolved. Whitehead was 55 years old.
On January 27, 2006, McFadden died of liver and lung cancer. He was 57.

Mark Dynamix

Mark Dynamix is a Sydney-based Australian DJ. He began working as a DJ prior to 1993, and had published 26 mix CDs and four original music releases as of 2008. Dynamix has sold almost 2 million CDs, more than any other Australian DJ.[citation needed] His 2006 release Ministry of Sound: The 2006 Annual mix CD was Australia’s highest-selling compilation. He was the first Australian to DJ at the MTV Australian Video Music Awards.
His Ministry of Sound release “sessions 2” reached 4th on the overall album charges, but 1st on both compilation and dance music album charts kelme soccer socks. inthemix.com

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.au members voted Dynamix the number two DJ in Australia for two consecutive years, and voted him as number one in 2002. He has toured extensively with John Course to promote Ministry of Sound compilations CDs.
In 2006 he released his first original single, “IDentify Me”, which was part of his Mixtape CD he put together for Ministry Of Sound. On this CD “IDentify Me” was mixed together with another track (Johannes Heil’s “All For One”) and was also included as an extra CD single packaged with Mixtape, which had the original “IDentify Me” plus four remixes bogner ski jacket. His second due-to-be released single, “Destructor”, is also featured on the Mixtape CD.[citation needed]

Little lorikeet

The little lorikeet (Glossopsitta pusilla) is a species of parrot in the Psittaculidae family. It is endemic to Australia. It is a small parrot, predominantly green in plumage with a red face bogner ski jacket. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

The little lorikeet was first described by ornithologist George Shaw in 1790 as Psittacus pusillus. Its specific epithet is the Latin pusilla “small”. Other common names include tiny lorikeet, red-faced lorikeet, gizzie

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Measuring 15 cm (5.9 in) in length, the male and female are similarly coloured, although the latter is a little duller. The crown, lores and throat are red, the nape and shoulder bronze-coloured and the remainder of the plumage green. The underparts yellow-tinged. The bill is black and the iris golden in colour.
The little lorikeet is found in eastern and southern Australia, from the vicinity of Cairns southwards through Queensland and New South Wales from the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range eastwards to the coast, though most of Victoria and southeastern South Australia. It also occurs in Tasmania although is uncommon there. They are found in forest, especially in the vicinity of flowering or fruit-bearing vegetation.
Fruit and flowers form the bulk of their diet, including native grasstrees (Xanthorrhoea spp.), and tea-tree (Melaleuca spp.), Loranthus, and the introduced loquat (Eriobotrya japonica). They will occasionally visit orchards.
Breeding season is from May in the north, or August in the south, to December. The nest is a hollow in a tree and a clutch of 3-5 matte white roundish eggs, measuring 20 x 16 mm, is laid. The incubation period is around three weeks.
Although first exported to Europe in 1877, the little lorikeet is only very rarely seen outside Australia. Even in its native country, it is uncommon in captivity. It has a reputation of being difficult to keep.

Eagleton Institute of Politics

The Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University was established in 1956 with an endowment from Florence Peshine Eagleton (1870–1953), and it focuses on state and national politics through education and public service. It is located at the Cook-Douglas Campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey at Wood Lawn, which listed is the state and federal registers of historic places

Florence Peshine Eagleton was a suffragist and a founder of the New Jersey League of Women Voters who advocated women’s higher education. She was one of the first women to serve as a Trustee of Rutgers University. She willed more than $1,000,000 to establish the Wells Phillips Eagleton and Florence Peshine Eagleton Foundation, which became the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. Eagleton directed that her support be applied:
… for the advancement of learning in the field of practical political affairs and government [so] that a knowledge of the meaning of democracy may be increased through the education of young women and men in democratic government. … It is my settled conviction that the cultivation of civic responsibility and leadership among the American people in the field of practical political affairs is of vital and increasing importance to our state and nation … I make this gift especially for the development of and education for responsible leadership in civic and governmental affairs and the solution of their political problems.
Eagleton features two centers dedicated to the study of politics: the Center for American Women and Politics and the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling.
The Center for American Women and Politics, or CAWP, aims to promote greater knowledge and understanding about women’s participation in politics and government and to enhance women’s influence and leadership in public life.
Established in 1971 kelme sneakers, the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling performs university-based public interest polling.
The Center on the American Governor seeks to promote research and discussion on the role of the governor in the United States. The Center is building an extensive virtual archive and plans to sponsor a range of academic activities and public forums on topics and issues relating to the office of governor across the country as well as the administrations of selected holders of the office in New Jersey and other states.
The Program on Immigration and Democracy leverages the resources of a major public research institution to explore the challenges and opportunities stemming from immigration—across New Jersey, the nation and the world.
Through research, public service, and educational programs, YPPP is dedicated to exploring civic education at the high school level and political participation among young adults.
The Eagleton Institute of Politics features the following programs: Clifford P. Case Professorship of Public Affairs, Electronic Government Project, Arthur J. Holland Program on Ethics in Government, New Jersey Project, New Jersey Voter Information, Program on Immigration and Democracy bogner ski jacket, Initiative on Climate and Social Policy (CSP), The Center on the American Governor,RU Ready, RU Voting, State House Express, State Politics and Government, and the Youth Political Participation Program.
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Seluruh Cinta

“Seluruh Cinta” (All of Love) is a collaborative single by Malaysian artist, Siti Nurhaliza and Indonesian artist, Cakra Khan

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The collaboration came to fruition when Siti was offered by Universal Music Group (Indonesia) to do a duet with any male Indonesian singer of her choice before finally choosing Cakra as her musical partner. Composed by Krishna Balagita, they recorded the song on 29 May 2014 at MyMusic Records in South Jakarta kelme turf, Indonesia in under four hours.
The song was first performed live during MNCTV’s 23rd special anniversary show, “Persembahan Cinta MNCTV 23” on 20 October 2014. In 2015, the song was chosen as the theme song for a Malaysian movie, “Suamiku Encik Perfect 10”.

Siti and Cakra first met and performed together during the 2013 Anugerah Planet Muzik where they sang together Cakra’s single at that time, “Harus Terpisah”. Afterward, she was contacted and asked by Universal Music Group (Indonesia) if she is interested to do a duet with any Indonesian singer of her choice. Admiring Cakra’s unique vocals, she expressed her interest in having Cakra as her musical partner for the duet.
After the agreement has been reached, she travelled to Indonesia to record the song with Cakra at MyMusic Records’ studio in South Jakarta, Indonesia on 29 May 2014. The whole recording session only took three to three hours and a half to complete. A teaser promoting the song was also shared by Siti on her Twitter account on the next day, 30 May. Prior to its exclusive release for the Indonesian market, its inclusion as the tenth track for the Malaysian version of Fragmen was actually considered.
A moderately fast song, the song stretches at four minutes and ten seconds. Composed by Krishna Balagita, according to Ramaloka’s writer, the song revolves around the trying moments when one has to let his loved one go and pursue his/her dream while promising that one will always love and wait for him/her until they are back together.
To promote the release of the Indonesian version of Fragmen and her duet with Cakra, Siti embarked on a 5-day trip to Indonesia from 19 to 23 October. During her visit to Indonesia, she was invited to perform and take part in various Indonesian entertainment television programs. “Seluruh Cinta” was first performed live for MNCTV’s 23rd anniversary special show, “Persembahan Cinta 23” where Siti and Cakra were invited to perform on 20 October. “Seluruh Cinta” was also performed on “dahSyat” on RCTI (21 October) and “Ada Ada Aja” on Global TV (22 October). Siti and Cakra also performed the song during the taping of “Sarah Sechan”, a talk show by an Indonesian personality, Sarah Sechan, which was broadcast on 1 November 2014 on NET..
In 2015, the song was chosen as the theme song for a Malaysian movie, “Suamiku Encik Perfect 10”.
“Seluruh Cinta” was first performed live by Siti and Cakra during MNCTV’s special program in conjunction with its 23rd anniversary, “Persembahan Cinta 23” on 20 October 2014. The same song was performed on several days in a row on multiple Indonesian entertainment-based programs and television channels, including “dahSyat” on RCTI (21 October) and “Ada Ada Aja” on Global TV (22 October). “Seluruh Cinta” was also performed live during the taping of a one-hour talk show by Sarah Sechan on NET bogner ski jacket. which was broadcast on 1 November 2014.
In 2015, on 13 January, Siti and Cakra performed the song during the preview night of a Malaysian movie “Suamiku Encik Perfect 10” where the song was also chosen as the theme song for the movie.
Credits adapted from Fragmen booklet liner notes.

Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis

Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (March 2, 1922 – November 3, 1986) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist.

Davis played with Cootie Williams bogner ski jacket, Lucky Millinder, Andy Kirk, Eddie Bonnemere, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie, as well as leading his own bands and making many recordings as a leader. He played in the swing, bop, hard bop, Latin jazz, and soul jazz genres. Some of his recordings from the 1940s also could be classified as rhythm and blues.
His 1946 band, Eddie Davis and His Beboppers, featured Fats Navarro, Al Haig, Huey Long, Gene Ramey and Denzil Best.
In the 1950s he was playing with Sonny Stitt, while from 1960 to 1962 he and fellow tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin led a quintet. From the mid-1960s, Davis and Griffin also performed together as part of The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band, along with other, mainly European, jazz musicians.
Davis died of cancer in Culver City, California

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with Mildred Anderson
with Count Basie
With the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band
With Arnett Cobb
with Red Garland
with Dizzy Gillespie
With Tiny Grimes
with Coleman Hawkins
with Al Smith
with Sonny Stitt

Whack Attack Tour

The Whack Attack Tour was a concert tour by rock band ZZ Top. Whack Attack was a 24-week-long tour in the United States and Canada, which was a longer outing than the previous Summer North American Tour. It began in June 2005 and ended in November 2005. The set was designed by Chris Stuba and had a ‘retro garage’ theme, with custom microphone stands and drum kit; tinsel was used as a backdrop. Risers were made out of diamond-plated steel. The set list highlighted material from the albums Mescalero (2003), Chrome, Smoke & BBQ (2003) bogner ski jacket, and Rancho Texicano (2004). Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill appeared on stage in sequined blazers. The show has received positive criticism ted baker dresses 2016, complimenting their showmanship, as well as the longevity of their signature sound and look.

The Whack Attack Tour’s production was designed by lighting technician Chris Stuba, who had worked with the band for the past eleven years. The backdrop was made of black and silver-colored tinsel, with drum and amplifier risers made of diamond-plated steel. Microphone stands were designed by John A. Douglas, who also designed the drum kit for Frank Beard used on the tour bogner ski jackets 2016; the stands were made from truck exhaust pipes and were equipped with built-in LED tubes that changed color during the show, as well as Electro-Voice 664 dynamic microphones. The drum kit was painted with a lime green, leopard print design, including bass drums made with hubcaps on the outside and spun during the show. Gibbons and Hill used Crate V-50 2×12″ combo amplifiers as monitors. The lighting package was supplied by Bandit Lites, consisting of mostly Vari-Lite fixtures including VL3500 spot lights.

1999 Grozny refugee convoy shooting

The Grozny safe corridor shooting incident happened on December 3, 1999, when at least 40 people fleeing the besieged Chechen capital Grozny were allegedly killed by Russian policemen.
According to accounts from survivors, a refugee convoy consisting of about 50 people in seven or eight passenger cars and one bus marked with white flags, was heading towards the border with the Russian republic of Ingushetia, when they approached a federal roadblock near the village of Goity. One survivor described masked OMON troops opening fire with automatic rifles from their position in the nearby forest without warning. The bus exploded as bullets pierced its gas tank. After the shooting, Russian soldiers gave first aid and painkillers to the handful of survivors and brought them to the hospital in Sleptsovskaya, Ingushetia bogner ski jacket, where they were interviewed by journalists.
The incident happened just a few miles from a major battle at the crossroads of Urus-Martan, which sits astride a road that Chechen militants were using as a supply line. Another battle was under way not far from there, in the town of Alkhan-Kale. The Russian Ministry of Defence stated that the media reports of this incident were disinformation. Officials were quoted as saying that 30 vehicles were destroyed on roads leading out of Grozny, but that all the cars contained rebels

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, not civilians Ted Baker Canada 2016. They also said that they had opened a safe passage out of Grozny for the thousands of civilians.
A similar incident involving refugees fleeing Grozny was reported in August 1996 during the First Chechen War.

François Bassil

François Semaan Bassil (born March 15, 1934) is a prominent Lebanese banker. He was Chairman and General Manager of Byblos Bank, one of Lebanon’s top three banks from July 1979 to July 2015, and has served as Chairman of the Board of the Association of Banks in Lebanon (ABL) for four terms. He currently holds the position of Chairman of Byblos Bank Group, an entity composed of banks and subsidiaries of Byblos Bank S bogner ski jacket.A.L. In 2015, Bassil was named in Global Finance Magazine’s first annual list of Who’s Who in The Middle East.

Bassil was born in Fidar, north of Beirut in 1934. His father, Semaan Bassil, was a well-known businessman who founded in 1950 the “Société Commerciale et Agricole Byblos Bassil Frères & Co.”, a Lebanese company specialized in natural silk, leather tanning, and agricultural credit activities. In 1963, this company became Byblos Bank S.A.L.
Bassil holds a Doctoral Degree in Law (Ph.D.) from the Catholic University of Louvain, in Belgium. In 2008, Bassil was awarded an honorary doctoral degree “Doctorate Honoris Causa” in the humanities by the Lebanese American University (LAU), and in 2010 the Université Saint-Esprit Kaslik (USEK) awarded him an honorary degree “Doctorate Honoris Causa” in Business.
Throughout his professional career, he received many honorary distinctions, among them the Order of the Crown awarded by H.M. King Albert II of Belgium; and Knight in the Order of St. Gregory the Great, awarded by Pope John Paul II. In 2012, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman awarded Bassil the title of Commander in the National Order of the Cedar. In 2015, Bassil was awarded the Knight Grand Cross of the First Class of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Francis.
Bassil started his career in the Banking sector in 1962 by contributing to the establishment of Byblos Bank S.A.L. and became chairman and general manager of the bank in 1979. He then lead the success and growth of Byblos Bank in Lebanon, transforming it from a mid-sized locally based entity to one of Lebanon’s top three banks, with total assets of USD 19 billion, and customer deposits reaching USD 15.7 billion as at 31 December 2014.
Under his guidance, Byblos Bank established numerous international partnerships and received many distinctions, while maintaining its position as Lebanon’s most solid Bank. Byblos Bank is listed on the Beirut Stock Exchange (BYB) and became in 2009 the first Lebanese issuer to list in the London Stock Exchange for twelve years.
Today, Byblos Bank actively operates in 12 countries worldwide including: Lebanon, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Armenia, Cyprus, the United Arab Emirates, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.