Georgian International University is home to a diverse community of accomplished graduate students, post-graduate scholars, distinguished faculty and professional staff committed to bringing quality European-style graduate education to American students. Georgian International University faculty consists of senior level American professors who are leaders in their fields of study and have made significant contributions to scholarship and science. Many of our faculty members also hold advanced post-graduate degrees from prestigious European universities. Our talented, dedicated and award-winning faculty makes Georgian International University a premier research and teaching institution.
Zviad Kliment Lazarashvili, MBA, J.D., Ph.D.
President of Georgian International University
President of Georgian International University is the internationally renowned American political theorist and economist who has served as a director and/or consultant to several American and European companies, organizations and universities, lecturer on free markets and individual civil liberties in America and Europe, laureate of the Plato Gold Medal of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and the author of numerous books on political science, philosophy and economics. Dr. Zviad Lazarashvili under full scholarship earned his B.S., with a concentration in Economics, from Tbilisi State University of Economic Relations and Law of Georgia, and Law degree from the Educational University Rvali. Dr. Lazarashvili earned the highest academic honor in Europe, Doctor Academician, with a concentration in political science and specialization in American Studies, from Georgian International Academy. Dr. Lazarashvili earned his second Ph.D. from Georgian International Academy, with a concentration in economics and specialization in American political economy. Dr. Zviad Lazarashvili is also a member Academician of the prestigious Lezhava Academy of Sciences of Europe.
Alexander K. Bejanishvili, M.S, Ph.D.
Interim Provost of Georgian International University
Interim Provost of Georgian International University, is the prominent British economist and a president of privately owned Spreadsheet123 Ltd, company, which provides financial spreadsheets and calculators, as well as CEO and CFO of several privately owned corporations in the United Kingdom and Europe. Dr. Bejanishvili earned his B.S. from Tbilisi State University of Economic Relations, with a concentration in Economics, M.S., from Hayek School of Economics and earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Georgian International Academy.
Chieke E. Ihejirika, M.S, Ph.D.
Secretary of the Georgian International University Press
Since 2011 Dr. Ihejerika is serving as the Secretary of the Georgian International University Press. Dr. Ihejirika is an internationally renowned African born American political theorist with a distinguished academic background from Temple University (Pennsylvania), the University of Waterloo (Canada) and the University of Leuven (Belgium). In the last fifteen years he has served as a graduate teaching fellow at Temple, and served as a political science professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Avila University in Kansas City.
Roberta Sparrow Schaefer, MA.Ed., Ph.D.
Dean of School of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Seton Hall University
MA.Ed. in Counselor Education, Seton Hall University
B.S. in Medical Record Administration, Kean University
Drew Alikakos, M.S. Ph.D. Candidate
Ph.D. in Psychology, the Jungian School of Psychology
M.S. in Community Counseling, Villanova University
B.A. in Psychology, Widener University
Cathy Lambert, M.S. and C.C.M. in Psychology
Dean of Curriculum Development
Dean Cathy Lambert has been the principal advisor of curriculum development at the School of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology since 2012. Due to Dean Lambert’s strong background in applied aspects of analytical psychology and her hands-on expertise in organizational psychology our curricula have been reshaped to reflect practical side of the field of psychology, while strengthening and promulgating theoretical basis of the academic discipline. Dean Cathy Lambert earned her B.S. in Nutrition from Indiana University of South Bend, M.S.W. from Western Michigan University, and C.C.M. with full certification from Manchester College. Along with the extensive academic background in psychology, Dean Cathy Lambert has twelve years of experience in private practice and hospital neuroscience.
Dr. Academician Gari T. Chapidze
Dean of Graduate Studies of Georgian International University
Dean of Graduate Studies of Georgian International University is the world renowned academic figure in political science, pedagogy and journalism who, throughout his distinguished career, has served as the president of several European universities, national and regional newspapers, and pedagogic societies, Doctor Academician Gari T. Chapidze. Dr. Chapidze is the author of over seventy scholastic books which have been widely accepted in scientific and academic circles of Europe and now the United States. He is an Academician and a full member of several national academies of sciences of Europe. Doctor Academician Gari T. Chapidze earned several advanced graduate and post graduate degrees from the best schools in Europe, including the Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Fazisi Academy of Sciences and the Georgian National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Gari Chapidze is the winner of several academic prizes and medals: the Medal of Honor of Georgia (2003), the Gogebashvili Medal (1993 and 2000), the Ilia Chavchavadze Prize and Medal (2003), the Akaki Tsereteli Prize and Medal (2003), the Tabidze Prize and Medal (2005), the Plato Gold Medal of Ukraine (2010), the Guramishvili Prize and Medal (2010), the Georgia-Ukraine Medal of Friendship (2010), the International Science Medal of Georgia (2007 and 2008), and the National Gold Medal of Georgia for Accomplishments in Public Education (2008).
Steven K. Steel, Jr., M.S., Ph.D
Director of Admissions and Student Services
Director of Admissions and Student Services of Georgian International University has served in management and executive positions to prominent public and private corporations. Dr. Steel commenced his undergraduate education at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. (2018) degrees in political economy from Georgian International University.
Pirnazav Elmuratov, M.S., Ph.D.
Director of International Admissions
Director of International Admissions of Georgian International University has served as an officer to government units, foundations and universities, as well as an advisor at the United States Department of Agriculture. Dr. Elmuratov earned his B.S. and M.S. in Accounting from Tashkent State University of Economics and Accounting, and earned his Ph.D. from the Academy of the State and Social Developing.
Deputy Director of Student Services
Deputy Director of Student Services of Georgian International University is a distinguished graduate of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. Amanda is a polyglot, among others, fluent in German, Swedish and several African languages. Amanda Okodugha’s academic and professional background is global. Other than the United States, she has served in different professional and academic capacities in Germany, Sweden, Cyprus and Africa.
Disciplines: Public Policy and Public Administration
Ph.D. in Public Administration and Management, University of North Texas
M.P.A. University of Arkansas, Little Rock
B.A. in Political Science, University of Arkansas, Little Rock
Disciplines: Georgian Literature, Georgian Language, Theology,
Russian Language, Russian Literature, History, and Philosophy
Doctor Academician in Philosophy, Georgian Academy of Philosophical Sciences
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Highest Attestation Commission of the U.S.S.R.
M.S. in Philosophy, Tbilisi State University
B.S. in Philosophy, Tbilisi State University
Disciplines: Accounting and Management
Ph.D. in Economics, Argosy University
MBA in Management, DeSales University
B.S. in Accounting, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University
Disciplines: Marketing, Tourism and Management
DBA in Marketing, Victoria University of Melbourne
MBA in Marketing, Victoria University of Melbourne
M.S. in Public Relations, Bhavan’s Institute of Management of Hyderabad
B.A. in Sociology, Osmania University of Hyderabad
Sr. Academic Advisor
MBA in Management, Wilmington University
B.S. in Accounting, Osmania University
B.S. Lincoln University
M.S. Hayek School of Economics