Born in Anabta, Tulkarem, on 10 Aug. 1958; received a BA in English Language from the University of Jordan, Amman, where he studied from 1976-1980, and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Manchester, UK, in 1982;
Worked as a lecturer at the English Dept. of An-Najah National University, Nablus, from 1982-85; continued his studies and earned a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Lancaster, UK, in 1988;
Returned and became Chair of the English Dept. at An-Najah National University (1988-92), then Dean of the Faculty of Arts (1992-95), and Academic Vice-Pres. for Humanities (1995-98); since 1998, Pres. of An-Najah National University;
Member in important committees such as the Palestinian Constitution Committee and the Steering Committee of the Union of Islamic Universities; Vice-Pres. of the Mediterranean Universities Group in Spain; member of the Palestinian-European-American Universities Program of Academic Cooperation (PEACE), as whose Pres. he served from 2003-2005; member of the Council of the Palestinian Universities; Steering Committee member of the Council of Arab Universities for Scientific Research; Vice-Pres. of the Palestinian Scientific Academy; Chairman of the Palestinian Stock Exchange Board; member of the Central Commission of the 1996 elections and Sec.-Gen. of the 2005 Central Elections Committee.