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Board of Trustees

Since its founding in 1893, American University has benefited greatly from the devotion, service, intellectual contributions, ethical behavior, and philanthropy of many thousands of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends. In a very real sense, they also are "trustees" of the institutions by virtue of their dedication, affection, and generosity that help to ensure that the University will faithfully serve this and future generations. Those of us who have been chosen to serve as fiduciary trustees for a period of time-to safeguard the University's assets and to foster its capacity to serve others-enthusiastically and without reservation accept the following additional responsibilities as evidence of the commitment of each trustee. Read the Trustees' Statement of Commitment.

Recent News

Spring Meeting Summary

The Board of Trustees held their spring meeting on Thursday, May 18, and Friday, May 19, on AU's new East Campus. The board had a full review and discussion of the racist hate crime that targeted members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, including our recently elected Student Government president. They honored President Neil Kerwin who stepped down May 31, and passed resolutions to thank outgoing trustees for their service, including Shyheim Snead as student trustee; Larry Engel as faculty trustee; and Gisela Huberman, who is leaving the board after 12 years as trustee. Lastly, they approved the creation of four new degree programs in SPEXs, CAS and SIS.
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American University's Next President

On behalf of the American University Board of Trustees, we are pleased to introduce Sylvia Mathews Burwell as American University's 15th president. Burwell will assume her responsibilities on June 1, 2017, when President Neil Kerwin steps down, after more than a decade of outstanding service in the role. Read the memo

Late Fall Meeting Summary

The Board of Trustees held their late fall meeting on November 17-18, on the AU campus. The board welcomed new trustees David Trone and Fernando Lewis, approved School of Public Affairs sophomore Valentina Fernandez as student trustee-elect, heard updates about the work of the President's Council on Diversity and Inclusion, and heard a presentation about the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars program. The trustees also received an update on the presidential search. Read the memo

Early Fall Semester Presidential Search Update

The Presidential Search Committee continued to meet over the summer, and the search is picking up momentum as we head into the fall. Read the update

President's Commencement Address on Hate

Neil Kerwin Commencement Address on Hate

Watch President Neil Kerwin address the recent racial incidents that occurred on campus at AU's 2017 Commencement.

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