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President Isa Sarac

Isa Sarac, Ph.D.
Virginia International University

Contact: 4401 Village Drive Fairfax, VA  22030
Tel:  (703) 591-7042
Fax:  (703) 591-7048
English, Turkish, French

PhD, Multivariate Statistics and Econometrics, Dokuz Eylul University
MS, Statistics and Computing, Ege University
BS, Mathematics, Ege University

Dr. Sarac is the President of Virginia International University. He has been professionally involved in the field of higher education for most of his life. As a true champion of education, his extensive teaching and lecturing career spans more than 25 years. Dr. Sarac began by serving as a Mathematical Instructor at both S. Kochisar in Ankara and Fatih High school in Izmir, Turkey. Additionally, he has lectured at the Buca Education Faculty, Sakarya DMMA, Dokuz Eylul University and Uludag University in Izmir, Turkey. Dr. Sarac taught subjects to include general mathematics, statistics, biomedical statistics, economectrics, mathematical analysis, variance analysis and differential equations. In addition to teaching at the university level, Dr. Sarac can be regarded as a researcher as well. He has published several books and magazines worldwide on subjects related to mathematics and mathematical statistics. In 1997, Dr. Sarac pursued his vision of beginning an international institution of higher learning in the United States. After much research and reflection, Virginia International University opened its doors in Fairfax, Virginia under the leadership of Dr. Sarac. The vision behind the university is to educate students from all over the world who will return to their countries of origin with a reservoir of good will toward the United States and other areas of the globe.

Dr. Klara Bilgin

Dr. Klara Bilgin
Dean, School of Public and International Affairs
Virginia International University

Contact: 4401 Village Drive Fairfax VA 22030
Tel: (703) 591-7042 ext.352

Email: kbilgin@viu.edu

English, Bulgarian, Russian

PhD, Political Science, Johns Hopkins University
MA, International Relations, University of Delaware
BA, Political Science, American University in Bulgaria
BA, Business Administration, American University in Bulgaria

Dr. Klara Bilgin is Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs at the Virginia International University, Fairfax VA. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University and an MA in International Relations from the University of Delaware.

Prior to her VIU position, Dr. Bilgin has taught at the College of St. Mary’s in MD, Western Illinois University, and the State University of New York, Geneseo. Her research work and publications focus on the processes of regime change, elections and transitions in Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Dr. Bilgin has also worked as an international elections observer with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations.

Christina L Koonts

Christina L. Koonts, MA
Associate Vice President
Institutional Effectiveness & QA

4401 Village Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tel: (703) 591-7042 ext. 318


MA, Political Science, George Mason University
BA, Political Science, Christopher Newport University

Christina L. Koonts was born and raised in Fauquier County, Virginia. Upon graduating from Fauquier High School in 2003, Christina made the move to Newport News, Virginia to attend Christopher Newport University for her undergraduate education, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2007 with minors in philosophy and religious studies as well as sociology. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, Christina returned to the Northern Virginia area and began work at Virginia International University. She enrolled in George Mason University’s Graduate program in political science in the fall of 2008. Christina pursued and graduated with a Master of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations in December of 2010. Christina’s research interests throughout her educational career included economic development, comparative politics, and humanitarian policy. Christina currently works as VIU’s Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Quality Assurance, and resides in her hometown of Fauquier County with her husband, two children, and a yellow lab named Marley.