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President's Message | Reports & Announcements


April 30, 2012

 TO: Campus Community
 FROM: Neil Kerwin, President
 SUBJECT: Spring 2012 Video—An AU Update


As the semester draws to a close, I want to share a short video message to update you on some other highlights from the past few months, including:

  • A visit from former President Bill Clinton, who accepted the inaugural WONK of the Year award
  • AU’s 126th commencement ceremonies
  • Celebration of the academic & professional accomplishments of our graduating students
  • Progress in national rankings for our schools and colleges
  • Creation of an endowed chair in Russian History and Culture
  • A diverse array of leaders who visited campus
  • A $1.5 million gift to the Campaign for SOC
  • Approval of our transformational campus plan
  • Sustainability efforts and green initiatives

I will issue a written communication to campus later today to formally conclude the semester. We look forward to seeing you back on campus in August.

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