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January 7, 2014

 TO: Campus Community
 FROM: Neil Kerwin, President
 SUBJECT: Don Myers


It is with profound sadness and regret that I inform you of the passing of our colleague Don Myers. For a number of years, Don fought an extraordinarily courageous battle with cancer.

For decades, Don was a major force in the development of American University. His range of responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Treasurer included all aspects of our financial and fiscal management, human resources, our physical plant and sustainability efforts, information technology, risk management, and public safety. In each area, his accomplishments and contributions to our university are too numerous to list here. Suffice it to say that any complete and accurate history of American University must include Don among the institution’s most dedicated, influential, and effective leaders. His commitment to the faculty, students, staff, alumni, and Board of Trustees of our university was unparalleled. His justifiable pride in AU’s physical plant, that creates the environment for our work and study, was deep and enduring, and the grounds are now a nationally-recognized arboretum.

Jeff Sine, chair of the Board of Trustees, also conveys the high regard and deep appreciation the trustees have for Don and his work.

On behalf of our entire community, I extend our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to his wife, Margie Myers, and his family whom he so cherished. In the coming days, I will consult with Margie on how best to communicate with her and the family. We will gather as a community to celebrate Don’s life and many accomplishments at a date in the near future.

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