Dr. Isa Sarac is a visionary. As an accomplished educator, lecturer, publisher, and leader, Dr. Sarac contributes decades of accomplishments and experiences to the ongoing success of Virginia International University.
Dr. Sarac is very highly educated, holding multiple graduate-level degrees. Dr. Sarac holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Ege University in Izmir, Turkey. Upon earning his undergraduate degree in 1972, Dr. Sarac went on to earn a Master of Science in Statistics and Computing from Ege University in 1980 and a PhD in Multivariate Statistics & Econometrics from Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey in 1984.
Dr. Sarac 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 1990, Dr. Sarac relocated from his home in Turkey to London, England. He opened the education and publishing company TrueStar, Ltd. in London, United Kingdom. Simultaneously, Dr. Sarac served as Principal of the London Meridian College. As CEO of this two-year post secondary institution of higher learning, he lectured in Mathematics, Statistical Methods, Business Calculus, and Multivariate Statistical Methods. During this time he served as an Education Consultant and conducted research on Multivariate Statistical Methods in the Mathematics Department of the University of Warwick, located in Coventry, U.K.
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. Sarac wholeheartedly believes that education & knowledge open the doors for peace in the world.
Dr. Sarac has built VIU from the ground up, and has dedicated his life to following through on his vision for the university. He is a very dynamic and ambitious individual, and it is because of his vision and determination, that Virginia International University continues to grow each year with constant improvement and a continued commitment to excellence.
Staff Remarks on the Office of the President at VIU:
“President Dr. Sarac is an excellent visionary and entrepreneur who is fully committed to the mission and vision of VIU. One of my best memories would be when we went through reaccreditation audit visit. It was a time the whole VIU staff came together as a perfect team and was able to accomplish the goal, while learning a lot from it. I was so proud of all of us.” – Badamsukh Yadamsuren, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
“For me, VIU represents the hope that people from around the world who represent a great diversity of races, languages, religions, and cultures can live and work together. I see VIU as a small but vital part of an effort to promote multicultural understanding and cooperation in a world where these values are often lacking.” – John Bennett, Associate Vice President of Learning Services
“I had the opportunity to see VIU during the earlier years. The university was started by a handful of passionate people who put in countless hours every day. From there to now VIU has changed a lot but the passion of people remains the same. I have been working at VIU for over 7 years and I am very proud to be a part of something that helps thousands of bright individuals from all around the globe to reach their full potential.” – Idris Ulas, Marketing Director
“ Dr. Sarac believes that we should not simply be satisfied with what we have now, but need to continuously motivate ourselves to improve for the future.” – Yoko Gursen, Registrar
“ Dr. Sarac is a hard worker, who motivates himself and others by setting up challenging goals. I never see our president resting. He is always improving existing situation and generating new ideas. The university’s innovative and dynamic atmosphere is a reflection of president’s vision and management style.” – Jane Bondarenko, Executive Assistant, Office of the President
“ Dr. Sarac is a man who is driven by success. He is a visionary and a leader for many to follow. He sets goals with determination and passion. My best memories at VIU are centered on VIU’s graduation ceremonies. I love graduation because it is one of the only times throughout the year that all the students and staff gather in one place. It is a time of celebration and reflection on the past year’s accomplishments, not just of the students, but VIU as a whole.” – Hilary Kozokowski, Communications Coordinator
“Due to VIU’s affordable tuition, many people around the world have been given the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams, thanks to the initiative and effort from its president.” – Lizbeth Del Giudice, International Student Advisor
“My greatest experience at VIU has been the opportunity to work closely with colleagues and students from countless countries and cultures different from my own. The care and kindness I have witnessed among the students, staff, and faculty is a daily reminder to me that under all of the economics, politics, and geography that separate people globally, we are all still people with the ability to connect, learn, and establish meaningful relationships.” – Emily Leighty, Student Affairs Coordinator