The General Assembly of the Romanian Academy elected on Thursday Ioan-Aurel Pop as President of the organisation; Pop prevailed in the second round over his opponent Victor Voicu with 86 votes against the latter’s 56.
The President of the Romanian Academy serves for a 4-year term, and an Academy member may hold this office twice.
The President will take up his prerogatives 15 days after the date of the election.
Elections for the other positions in the Academy’s Steering Board – four Vice-Presidents and a Secretary-general – are scheduled for April 20, the Academy’s press office announced.
A historian by training, Academician Ioan-Aurel Pop (aged 63) graduated valedictorian from the “Babes-Bolyai” University of History and Philosophy in Cluj-Napoca. In 1989 he defended his PhD thesis titled “The Transylvanian Knyaz assemblies in the 14th and 16th centuries”.
On November 29, 2001 Ioan-Aurel Pop was elected a corresponding member of the Academy, and on March 30, 2010 – a full member of the Department of Historical Sciences and Archeology. Three years later he delivered the reception speech titled “The Historical Significance of Particular Names: Romanian and Romania”.
As of 1990 he is a member of the History of International Relations Commission of the International Committee of Historical Sciences (Milan) and since 1999 he has been a correspondent member of the Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts (Paris); member of the Gorizia Institute of International Sociology since 2005; member of the Ateneo Veneto since 2005; member of the Scientific Committee of the Institute for Research on Social and Religious History in Vicenza, Italy, since 2006; member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (Salzburg) since 2013; member of the International and Adult Continuing Education (IACE) Hall of Fame, as of 2013; member of the Romanian Academy’s College of the European Center for Ethnic Studies (2013); Honorary Member of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova (2015); Member of the Accademia Nazionale Virgiliana in Mantua (2015).
Pop authored over 50 books, editions of historical resources, treatises and university textbooks, supervised the publication of various volumes and published over 300 studies, articles, reviews, reports in separate volumes, specialist journals, and culture publications.
He was awarded the “George Baritiu” Prize of the Romanian Academy (1991), the Excellence Award of the “Eudoxiu Hurmuzachi” Institute for Romanians Everywhere (2011) and the Media Excellence Award by the “Gazeta de Cluj” paper (2011).
Pop is a recipient of several other distinctions: the “Cultural Merit” Order in the rank of Knight, which was awarded to him by the President of Romania (2010); the Order of Honor conferred to him by the President of the Republic of Moldova (2010); the “Transylvanian Cross” medal awarded to him by the Metropolis of Cluj, Maramures and Salaj (2014); Commander of the Military Order of Romania (2014); “The Star of Romania” National Order in the rank of Knight (2015); the “Saguna Cross for laymen” on behalf of the Transylvanian Metropolis (2015); the “Academic Merit” diploma presented to him on behalf of the Romanian Academy (2016); the “Cross of the North for laymen” conferred to him by the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of Northern Europe (2016); the Academic Palms Order in the rank of Knight of the French Republic (2016); and the Italian Republic’s “Star of Italy” Order in the rank of Commander (2016).