The Office of General Counsel of American University is committed to service, knowledge of the law, and facilitating the educational mission of American University. It is our function to provide, manage, and coordinate all legal services for the university and to minimize legal risks and costs efficiently, reliably, and professionally.
The attorneys within the Office of General Counsel are licensed in the following states: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Each attorney is responsible for providing legal support to specific divisions; as outlined below.
The Office of General Counsel represents American University and may not represent individual students, faculty, or staff except when these individuals are named as defendants in litigation as a result of actions or omissions within the course and scope of their employment or institutional representation. For personal legal advice, employees and students should consult a private attorney.
Subject Matter Assignments
Mary E. Kennard, Vice President & General Counsel
Office of Finance and Treasurer
Office of the Provost
DC Regulatory Matters
Governance & Higher Education
Bethany J. Bridgham, Senior Associate General Counsel
AU's strategic plan, Leadership for a Changing World, outlines goals and objectives for the next decade at American University. Visit american.edu/strategicplan for more information. (myAU.american.edu login required for some documents)
The 2011 Campus Plan is a "roadmap" that details proposals and objectives to enhance and build upon our campus facilities for the next decade. An overarching theme is to bring more undergraduate students back to live on campus.