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Sylvia M. Burwell

AU's New President

Welcome to American University!

In January 2017, I was honored to be named as the 15th President and become part of the AU community. I officially began this role on June 1.

I have received a warm welcome from all corners of campus, the national capital region, from across the country and world—which strongly emphasizes how this is an incredibly vibrant university with a distinctive mix of academic strengths, influential scholars, engaged students, successful alumni, and an extraordinary location.

AU’s trajectory over the last decade enables us to think in bold and ambitious ways. We are well positioned to promote learning, inform debate through scholarship and research, contribute to our community, and lead.

I invite you to review our website and become better acquainted with AU’s academic strengths, leadership team, campus news, creative initiatives, and tradition of service. We will continue to update the site over the coming months, and I hope that you will check back often.

I am excited to join the AU family, be part of the team, and help write the next chapter for this distinctive university. Feel free to contact me with questions or comments at president@american.edu.

Sylvia M. Burwell
President, American University

Appointment of Chief of Staff and Counselor to the President

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Seth Grossman as Chief of Staff and Counselor to the President, effective December 4, 2017. Seth comes to us from the University of California System, where he serves as Chief of Staff to the UC President and as a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

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President Burwell Fall 2017 Welcome

President Burwell's Fall Welcome

AU's new president, Sylvia M. Burwell welcomes the AU community back to campus.

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