|1st President of the Islamic Azad University|
|Succeeded by||Farhad Daneshjoo|
|Vice President of the University of Science and Technology|
November 25, 1944 |
|Alma mater||University of Science and Technology (B.S.)
Aston University (Ph.D.)
Abdollah J. Jassbi (born 25 November 1944) is an Iranian academic and politician who was president of Azad University from the establishment of the university in 1982 until his resignation in 2012. He was also a presidential candidate in 1993 and 2001.
He was born on 25 November 1944 in Tehran, Iran. He went to E'tezad School at the age of 7 and complete his six years high school period in Tehran. He has B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, an MSc in Industrial Management and a PhD in Management of Production & Technology, both from Aston University, United Kingdom. His PhD thesis (1979) was entitled "Productivity analysis and measurement".
After receiving his PhD, he became a college teacher at Iran University of Science and Technology. He also became a member of the board of directors of the university in 1970 but he was fired from the university in 1975 after supporting Ruhollah Khomeini. After the victory of the Iranian Revolution, he came back to his academic career in 1979. He was appointed as Vice President of Iran University of Science and Technology in March 1979. In 1982, he proposed a plan for the establishment of Islamic Azad University. Along with Ali Khamenei and Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Jassbi was a co-founder of Azad University network which is among the biggest NGOs in Iran. He was elected as its first president in January 1983 and served in this position for nearly 30 years. He announced his retirement from Azad University in November 2011 and officially resigned on 17 January 2012, but remained as one of the members of the board of directors of the university. He was succeeded by Farhad Daneshjoo.
He was one of the supporters of Ruhollah Khomeini during 1979 Iranian Revolution. After the victory of the revolution, he served many official positions. In July 1979, he became senior adviser to the Minister of Interior, Hashem Sabbaghian. He was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister in Academic affairs by Prime Minister Mohammad-Ali Rajai. He was also Secretary General of Islamic Republican Party from 1981 to 1983. He was nominated as one of the candidates in 1993 presidential election and received 1,511,574 and lost the election to the Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. He was also presidential candidate of Executives of Construction Party during 2001 presidential election but only received 237,907 of votes and ranked in fourth place which Mohammad Khatami was reelected for a second term.
|President of Islamic Azad University