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President Neil Kerwin was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine. (photo by Matthew Worden, courtesy of Washingtonian)

President Neil Kerwin was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine. (photo by Matthew Worden, courtesy of Washingtonian)

Neil Kerwin: Washingtonian of the Year.

Washingtonian magazine’s January issue featured ten local leaders as the 2009 Washingtonians of the Year—among them was AU’s 14th president, Neil Kerwin.

For the last 38 years, D.C.’s city magazine has honored Washington’s most influential figures, from artists and advocates to politicos and educators. This year, Kerwin is joined by former Virginia senator John Warner and Washington Post columnist Colbert King.

Washingtonian cited Kerwin’s leadership in crisis, the completion of AU’s $200-million capital campaign, the opening of Kogod’s expansion building, and his commitment to strengthening AU’s ties to Washington, D.C., among his achievements.

The president discussed his plans to expand AU programs into public health, Latino studies, and sustainability. He was photographed in the new School of International Service building, AU’s 70,000 squarefoot green gem, scheduled to open its doors this spring.

WAMU 88.5 radio hosts Diane Rehm and Kojo Nnamdi received the local honor in 1998 and 2005, respectively.