Meet the President's Office Staff


  • Office of the President
    Fax: 202-885-3279
    President's Office Building, Room 1

    Neil Kerwin

Mailing Address

Welcome to the President's Office

The staff in the President's Office serve as a liaison between various constituencies (students, parents, faculty, neighbors, alumni) and the university administration. The office is open between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. 

The building once served as the residence for American University's chancellors (later called presidents). The building was completed in 1925 and is a reproduction of the Macey House, built in 1854 on Nantucket Island. The building stands in what was the front yard of the General Murdock Home—The Old Farmhouse—which originally stood on this property.

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Cornelius Kerwin


Neil Kerwin has served as American University's 14th president since September 2007.

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Meg Clemmer

Assistant to the President

Meg Clemmer handles the president's schedule, travel, and personal correspondence and serves as the office administrator.

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Joel Hoard

Manager, Special Projects and Web Communication

Joel Hoard is responsible for maintaining the president’s website and related sites, managing web and social media for university-wide events, and providing support for special projects, events, and meetings.

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Stephanie Leigh

Administrative Coordinator

Stephanie Leigh provides support to the president and chief of staff, including maintaining calendars, travel arrangements, coordinating meetings, and processing invoices. She also supports the Board of Trustees and special events and investigates student issues.

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David Taylor

Chief of Staff; Secretary, Board of Trustees

David Taylor works with university leadership to carry out the president's initiatives. He oversees the Office of the Secretary, Board of Trustees; WAMU 88.5; and the Office of Special Events. He serves as the president's liaison to on- and off-campus groups and constituencies.

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Leslie Wong

Director of Special Projects

Leslie Wong briefs the president for events, assists with special projects, investigates student issues, and co-directs AU's commencement. She provides support to the AU Board of Trustees and University Council.

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Office of Special Events

The Office of Special Events is located on the sixth floor of Butler Pavilion. They provide support and logistical assistance for a variety of university-wide events and can provide guidance on vendors, site selection, catering, protocol, and more.

Lisa Arakaki

Senior Director, Special Events

Lisa Arakaki helps campus groups organize large-scale events, including Family Weekend, Staff Appreciation, and Development events. She co-directs AU's Commencement.

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Katherine Kirlin

Director, Special Events

Katherine Kirlin plans and coordinates events at the President's House. She also assists with Campus Beautification Day, conferences, and other events.

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Assistant Director, Special Events

Jonathon Sorge provides guidance and assistance to departments, offices, student groups, and others planning events at AU. He also assists with logistics involving the Board of Trustees meetings.

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