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Meet the President's Office Staff

Welcome to the President's Office

The staff in the President's Office serve as a liaison between various constituencies (students, parents, faculty, neighbors, alumni) and the university administration. The office is open between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. 

The building once served as the residence for American University's chancellors (later called presidents). The building was completed in 1925 and is a reproduction of the Macey House, built in 1854 on Nantucket Island. The building stands in what was the front yard of the General Murdock Home—The Old Farmhouse—which originally stood on this property.

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Cornelius Kerwin


Neil Kerwin has served as American University's 14th president since September 2007.

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Meg Clemmer

Assistant to the President

Meg Clemmer handles the president's schedule, travel, and personal correspondence and serves as the office administrator.

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Stephanie Leigh

Administrative Coordinator

Stephanie Leigh provides support to the president and chief of staff, including maintaining calendars, travel arrangements, coordinating meetings, and processing invoices. She also supports the Board of Trustees and special events and investigates student issues.

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David Taylor

Chief of Staff; Secretary, Board of Trustees

David Taylor works with university leadership to carry out the president's and board's initiatives. He oversees the Office of the Secretary, Board of Trustees; WAMU 88.5; and the Office of Special Events. He serves as the president's liaison to on- and off-campus groups and constituencies.

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Leslie Wong

Director of Special Projects

Leslie Wong briefs the president on events, assists with special projects and student concerns, and co-directs AU's commencement. She manages details and materials for board meetings and provides general support to the board chair.

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Michael Wargo

Michael Wargo

Manager, Special Projects & Web Communication

Michael Wargo manages the website, social media, and other digital platforms which publicize the President’s, President’s Office, and Board of Trustees initiatives and priorities, including the strategic plan, commencement, munitions/Army Corps, and select university-wide events.

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Office of Special Events

The Office of Special Events is located on the sixth floor of Butler Pavilion. They provide support and logistical assistance for a variety of university-wide events and can provide guidance on vendors, site selection, catering, protocol, and more.

Lisa Arakaki

Senior Director, Special Events

Lisa Arakaki helps campus groups organize large-scale events, including Family Weekend, Staff Appreciation, and Development events. She co-directs AU's Commencement.

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Katherine Kirlin

Director, Special Events

Katherine Kirlin plans and coordinates events at the President's House. She also assists with Campus Beautification Day, conferences, and other events.

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Assistant Director, Special Events

Jonathon Sorge provides guidance and assistance to departments, offices, student groups, and others planning events at AU. He also assists with logistics involving the Board of Trustees meetings.

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