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Meet the University Council

Informal Advisors to President Kerwin

The University Council serves as an informal advisory body to the university president. The Council meets with the president approximately six times each academic year and is composed of 13 persons (four faculty, four staff, four students, and one alumnus), plus three support staff. Five members (the heads of the Faculty Senate, Student Government, Graduate Leadership Council, and Student Bar Association, and the vice president of the AU Alumni Board) serve in an ex-officio capacity.

In its advisory role, the University Council discusses issues of importance to the AU community, such as the budget, strategic plan, campus master plan for facilities, capital campaign, enrollment, parking, etc. Each member is invited to bring issues to the president’s attention and is expected to update his or her constituencies on the Council’s discussions.

Membership on the Council is limited to the appointee. The term of service is typically two years in length, except for ex-officio members, whose term expires when service to the elected post concludes. The University Council was formed in 2002 as part of the university’s strategic plan.

The members for 2014-2015 are:


  • Neil Kerwin, President

  • Naomi Baron, executive director, Center for Teaching Research and Learning; professor, World Languages and Cultures, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Don Blohowiak, director of professional studies, School of Professional and Extended Studies
  • Sonya Grier, associate professor of marketing, Kogod School of Business
  • Lacey Wootton*, chair, Faculty Senate; Hurst senior professiorial lecturer of literature, College of Arts and Sciences

  • Kelly Alexander, director, Public Relations
  • Andrew Huff, director, Community Relations
  • Pat Rabb, senior associate director, Alumni Admissions Volunteers
  • Celina Ryan*, chair, Staff Council; facilities training coordinator, Human Resources

  • Jonathan Lubin*, president, Graduate Leadership Council
  • Megan O'Toole, president, Residence Hall Association
  • Alexandra (Alex) Spratt*, president, Student Bar Association
  • Sophia Wirth*, president, Student Government

  • Joe Vidulich*, vice president, AU Alumni Board

  • Beth Muha, assistant vice president, Human Resources
  • David Taylor, chief of staff, President’s Office
  • Leslie Wong, director of special projects, President’s Office


*ex-officio member


A historical list of members is available here.