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Three Deans, Three Legacies

By Dan Beardslee '07

As American University graduated 2,000 students in the past academic year, it also, in a way, graduated three deans from its ranks. Dean Richard Durand of the Kogod School of Business, Dean Louis Goodman of the School of International Service, and Dean David Brown of the Washington Semester Program all will step down from their posts by the end of June.

For Dean Goodman, retirement will not mean a departure from AU, but rather a return to faculty work, which he holds in high regard. While he has kept close to his professorial roots by teaching some graduate-level courses during his tenure as dean and by supervising some independent studies, he is most looking forward to being fully immersed in the student academic experience again.

“The thing I’ve missed the most is the intense contact you get with students when you’re teaching them, especially undergraduates,” he says.

He held the Dean’s chair for an impressive 26 years, but Dean Goodman views his career as stewarding the tradition of the School of International Service, not creating it. “One of the things I’ve tried to get across is that SIS didn’t happen by accident,” he said. Through global partnerships, increases in staff and faculty, and a new building on campus, Goodman has ensured that SIS not only retains its relevance, but remains a leader in its field.

While 26 years is an impressive tenure, it still makes Dean Goodman's junior to Dean David Brown, SIS/BA ’66,  who spent 38 years with the university. Dean Brown's leadership brought consistent growth in the Washington Semester Program, including an increase of university partnerships from 100 to more than 230. He also oversaw a five-fold increase in enrollment. An alumnus himself, Dean Brown’s legacy is certainly opening the AU experience to countless others throughout his career.

Since joining AU in the fall of 2005, Dean Richard Durand of the Kogod School of Business has focused on faculty growth, innovative curriculum development, and strengthening international experiences for Kogod students. His achievements include the completion of the Kogod expansion, the first building in AU’s history to be paid for entirely by individual donor funds. Additionally, the business school partnered across campus to create interdisciplinary and dual-degree opportunities with several of AU’s other academic schools.

Eighteen new tenure-track faculty have joined Kogod since 2005, bringing that distinguished group to 49. In the company of an additional 20 executives-in-residence, faculty are excelling in both teaching and scholarship.

“We recognize the importance of attracting and maintaining faculty and students who are at the top of their game,” remarked Durand. “The number of new faculty lines and new programs that will bear fruit for Kogod in the years ahead are multiplying. That is an important sign of continued and sustainable growth.”

While Durand is looking forward to a little more time on the green to lower his handicap, he will continue his legacy of encouraging innovation and growth by mentoring and advising international business schools through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.