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CAIR Board Elects New Chairman

( Washington DC , 5/17/05 ) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) announced on Saturday at its annual conference the election of Dr. Parvez Ahmed as the new incoming Chairman of the Board for CAIR National. Assisting the new Chair will be Dr. Ahmad Al-Akhras as the Vice Chairman of the Board.

Omar Ahmad will be retiring as CAIR’s Founding Chairman after 11 years of exemplary and dedicated service to the American Muslim community.

“Part of being an institution is that there must be regular changes in leadership and this change must be seamless. After a decade of service to the community, I have come to the end of one road,” said Omar Ahmad, CAIR’s outgoing chairman.

“It is my belief that this change in leadership will benefit the organization and the cause of American Muslims. The new leadership will bring fresh ideas to the table and invigorate the organization with renewed spirit and enthusiasm,” added Ahmad.

CAIR’s Executive Director Nihad Awad expressed his heartfelt appreciation for Ahmad’s dedication and wished the best for Ahmad and his family.

“Following in the footsteps of a trailblazer will be a hard act to follow. The Board of Directors placed this responsibility on my shoulders and it is a responsibility that I accept with a great deal of humility and appreciation for the enormous task ahead,” said Parvez Ahmed, CAIR’s new Chairman of Board.

Prior to his election as CAIR National Board Chairman, Dr. Parvez Ahmed was Chairman of the Board for the Florida Chapter of CAIR and a CAIR National Board member. Dr. Ahmed resides in Jacksonville , Florida where he teaches finance at a university. He also writes editorials dispelling stereotypes about Islam and Muslims. His editorials have been published in The Orlando Sentinel, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, New York Newsday, and Seattle Times among many others.

Dr. Al-Akhras is a Columbus, Ohio resident and a registered professional engineer. Prior to his election he served as the Founding Chairman of the Board for the Ohio Chapter of CAIR. He is also a recent inductee to the Leadership Columbus Hall of Fame.

The council in America’s largest civil liberties group, with 31 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. To read CAIR’s mission and vision statement, go to

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