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Cornelius M. Kerwin, President

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American University is moving forward with confidence and purpose. Our strategic plan—American University in the Next Decade: Leadership for a Changing World—soon entering its ninth year, defines our goals and aspirations. We’ve invested more than $100 million to meet these goals, and our progress in relation to targets is updated annually. Highlights to date include a diverse and engaged student body, a larger and more distinguished faculty, strong financial management and performance, more engaged alumni, and heightened recognition.

Our ambitious campus plan, approved in 2012, outlines projected facilities growth and campus enhancements for the coming decade. We have transformed the campus with new residence halls, a new home for the Washington College of Law at Tenleytown metro, and are constructing the East Campus on Nebraska Avenue.

It is an exciting time to be a part of the AU family. I invite you to explore and remain engaged with us, online and in person.



Neil Kerwin, SPA/BA '71


Retirement of Mary Kennard, Vice President and General Counsel

It is with considerable regret that I announce the retirement of Mary Kennard as vice president and general counsel of American University. Mary will leave office effective July 5, 2017.

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Effect of a Recent Local Tragedy

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President Kerwin addresses a nearby tragedy at the University of Maryland early Saturday morning.

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President's Commencement Address on Hate

Neil Kerwin Commencement Address on Hate

Watch President Neil Kerwin address the recent racial incidents that occurred on campus at AU's 2017 Commencement.

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Memo: Racial Incident

Eric Friedheim Quadrangle

The crude and racially insensitive act of bigotry reported this morning is under investigation by AU Campus Police with assistance from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and other AU offices and senior officials.

We strongly condemn what happened; will do all that we can to find those responsible; and ask that anyone who may know of those involved to please step forward and contact Public Safety at 202-885-2527 or the AUPD Tips Site.

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Safety and Precautions

American University's Next President

Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

We are pleased to introduce Sylvia Mathews Burwell as American University's 15th president.

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