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The American University Alumni Board serves more than 128,000 alumni worldwide.

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Alumni Board members play a key role in guiding the efforts and initiatives of the Office of Alumni Relations, and serve as regional, national, and international ambassadors for American University.

The American University Alumni Board is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the alumni association in 2017. The Alumni Board governs the AU Alumni Association, providing strategic insight and professional expertise to assist the university's outreach effort to alumni. This dedicated group of volunteers serve as ambassadors for and to the university and work to engage all alumni in the life of the institution.

The Alumni Board also oversees the administration of AU's alumni awards, the highest honors presented by the Alumni Association on an annual basis.

Meet the current Alumni Board members.

APPLY FOR THE ALUMNI BOARD

At-large board members serve a two-year term, following which they may reapply for a second term. Considering applying to the Alumni Board? Be sure to review the roles and responsibilities of Alumni Board Membership. Along with the application form for membership, a full resume, a professional bio and at least one letter of recommendation is required. Applications are accepted each fall for terms beginning in the following calendar year.

Responsibilities of an At-Large AUAB member include:

  • Attending and actively participating in all AUAB meetings (four per calendar year)
  • Active participation as a member of an AUAB committee or task force
  • Being a knowledgeable ambassador for AU and the Alumni Association
  • Attending All-American Weekend and other major university events when possible
  • Attending regional Alumni Association and university events in your community/region
  • Initiating outreach to and seeking engagement with fellow alumni through programs and events
  • Supporting AU with an annual, tax-deductible gift of $1,000 or more. (Contributions and matching gifts can be designated to any university fund or program and can be fulfilled in monthly, quarterly, or annual installments.)

Alumni Board nominations are accepted each fall. Along with an application form, applicants must submit a full résumé/bio and at least one letter of recommendation.

The Nominations Committee reviews applications each year based on the following criteria:

  • prior involvement and philanthropic support
  • answers to essay questions (included in the application form)
  • ability to contribute to the board's geographic, ethnic, gender, and occupational diversity, as well as diversity by AU school/college

At the nominations committee's discretion, candidates may take part in telephone interviews to discuss their applications.

The nominations committee presents slates of nominees to the full Alumni Board in early December for approval.

Applicants will be notified regarding the committee's decisions by mid-December, and new members are expected to attend and participate in the first meeting of each calendar year, held in January.

Thank you for your interest in the American University Alumni Board!

Questions? Contact Amy Jones, chair, nominations and governance committee, at amrjones08@gmail.com or Raina Lenney, assistant vice president of alumni relations, at lenney@american.edu.