President's Council


  • Office of the President
    Fax: 202-885-3279
    President's Office Building, Room 1

    Neil Kerwin

Mailing Address

AU's Administrative Leadership

The president’s council is composed of members of the president’s cabinet (senior university administrators), the academic deans (academic leadership), the university librarian, and the director of athletics and recreation. 

The president’s council meets once a month to discuss issues of importance to the university community. A copy of the AU organizational chart is available online. 

The members of the president's council are listed below.

President's Cabinet

Neil Kerwin
Cornelius Kerwin, President

Dr. Cornelius M. Kerwin became American University’s fourteenth president on September 1, 2007. He leads an institution of nearly 13,000 students, 1,300 teaching and administrative faculty, and 2,500 staff. He is a nationally recognized specialist in public policy and the regulatory process.


Office of the President

Scott A. Bass
Scott A. Bass, Provost

As Provost, Dr. Scott Bass is the chief academic officer of American University. Since his arrival at AU in 2008, Provost Bass has focused on strategic planning, diversity, and strengthening the academic infrastructure. He is a nationally known gerontologist.


Office of the Provost

Teresa Flannery
Teresa Flannery, Vice President, Communication

Terry Flannery oversees the university's official communications areas: University Communication, including the Media Relations and Web Communications offices; University Marketing; and University Publications.


Media Relations

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Gail Short Hanson, Vice President, Campus Life

Gail Hanson and the Campus Life staff work to integrate students into a diverse university community; promote their intellectual, social, and spiritual development; and in collaboration with the faculty, prepare students for lifelong learning and global citizenship.


Office of Campus Life

Mary E. Kennard, Vice President and General Counsel

Mary Kennard oversees the Office of the General Counsel. The attorneys within the Office of the General Counsel provide, manage, and coordinate all legal services for the university.


Office of the General Counsel

Doug Kudravetz, Interim Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Treasurer

As interim chief financial officer, Doug Kudravetz oversees financial and investment management for the university. His portfolio includes treasury operations, student accounts, budget, payroll, capital planning, facilities administration, public safety, risk management, human resources, information technology, and other offices.


Office of Finance and Treasurer

Thomas J. Minar
Thomas J. Minar, Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations

Tom Minar works with the university leadership, alumni, and donors to support AU’s strategic priorities, attract new funding, and build lifelong relationships between AU and more than 115,000 alumni.


Office of Development and Alumni Relations

David Taylor
David E. Taylor, Chief of Staff; Secretary, Board of Trustees

David Taylor is responsible for presidential communications and other duties on behalf of the president. He is secretary to the university's Board of Trustees. He also oversees WAMU 88.5, AU's public radio station, and the Office of Special Events.


Board of Trustees

WAMU 88.5

Academic Deans

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Phyllis Peres, Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs

Phyllis Peres works with the provost and academic units to recruit and retain faculty, develop academic programs, support faculty research and teaching, and engage in the intellectual mission of the university.


Academic Affairs

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Michael J. Ginzberg, Dean, Kogod School of Business

Michael Ginzberg is dean of the the Kogod School of Business, which is renowned for its commitment to the belief that "profit and purpose are not at odds." Ginzberg is a leading expert in management and information systems.


Kogod School of Business

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James Goldgeier, Dean, School of International Service

James Goldgeier, an expert on contemporary international relations and American foreign policy, is dean of the School of International Service. The School of International Service is the largest school of international relations in the United States and is training future leaders to "wage peace" around the world.


School of International Service

Claudio Grossman
Claudio M. Grossman, Dean, Washington College of Law

Claudio Grossman has built renowned programs in experiential learning (clinics and externships), international law, law and government, intellectual property, business, and gender.


Washington College of Law

Barbara S. Romzek, Dean, School of Public Affairs

Barbara Romzek leads the School of Public Affairs, a nationally top-ranked school offering education in the fields of political science, public administration, public policy, and justice at the graduate, executive and undergraduate levels.


School of Public Affairs

Jeffrey Rutenbeck, Dean, School of Communication

Jeffrey Rutenbeck directs and develops the School of Communication's academic and professional programs in Journalism, Film and Media Arts and Public Communication. 


School of Communication

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Peter Starr, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Peter Starr oversees the College of Arts and Sciences, which offers more than 150 majors, minors, master's, PhDs, and certificate programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and education.


College of Arts and Sciences

Jonathan Tubman, Vice Provost, Research, and Dean of Graduate Studies

Jonathan Tubman leads Research and Graduate Studies. His office seeks to develop opportunities for innovation in graduate education and provide infrastructure for academic research.


Graduate Studies

Carola Weil, Dean, School of Professional and Extended Studies

Carola Weil leads the School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS), which includes the Washington Semester Program, Washington Internships for Native Students, the Washington Mentorship Program, and the Graduate Gateway Program.


School of Professional and Extended Studies


Other Senior Administrators

William Walker, Director, Athletics and Recreation

William (Billy) Walker oversees AU's athletics teams, intramural and club sports, and recreation programs. The Eagles compete in the Patriot League, which emphasizes athletics and academic competitiveness.


Athletics and Recreation

Nancy Davenport, University Librarian

The university library, headed by Nancy Davenport, serves as a gateway to AU's print resources and electronic information and supports student and faculty research.


University Library