Office of Development and Alumni Relations



The collective investment donors make in our students and our institution is the catalyst for effecting the kind of global change on which the university prides itself.



  • Office of Development and Alumni Relations
    Fax: 202-895-4998

Mailing Address
  • 2013 Commencement
  • Celebration of Scholarships
  • McKinley building opening
  • Student Gratitude
  • Cassell Hall Dedication

Advancing American University

American University is in the midst of unprecedented change and growth. While the campus undergoes its greatest physical transformation in over a decade in order to provide the best facilities for students, the university is also strengthening its investment in faculty and a rigorous academic curriculum. AU continues to make strides in philanthropic endeavors, ensuring the university's future as a world-class institution.

Alumni, parents, and friends all play a part in building this future. Thank you to all of you who have given your philanthropic support to guarantee AU’s continued success. Thank you to all of you who make time to connect with American University—be it at an alumni event, in a volunteer capacity, or online—your personal investment is helping to build a better American University.

Your gifts change lives every day, and we invite you to participate in the life of AU to see just how far beyond expectations your support will move us. To learn more about getting involved and giving back, send me an email at or call the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 202-885-5900.

Welcome VP Surls!

Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Courtney Surls. Photo credit: Jeffrey Watts.

On September 15, Courtney Surls joined American University as the vice president for development and alumni relations.

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Honoring Kevin Sutherland SPA '13

Kevin Sutherland

Friends and family remember Kevin Sutherland, an alumnus of the American University School of Public Affairs, with the creation of two funds that will support AU students.

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