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Administrative Leadership

The president's council is composed of members of the:

The president's council meets once a month to discuss issues of importance to the university community. A copy of the AU organizational chart is available online.


President's Cabinet

AU President Sylvia Burwell

Sylvia Burwell President

Sylvia Burwell became American University's fifteenth and first female president on June 1, 2017. She leads an institution of nearly 13,000 students, 1,300 teaching and administrative faculty, and 2,500 staff.

Mary L. Clark

Mary L. Clark Interim Provost

As Interim Provost, Mary L. Clark is the chief academic officer of American University. Clark is a distinguished scholar and teacher, and an influential leader whose service has positively affected the university.

Fanta Aw

Fanta Aw Vice President, Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence

Fanta Aw and the Campus Life staff work to integrate students into a diverse university community; promote their intellectual, social, and spiritual development; and in collaboration with the faculty, prepare students for lifelong learning and global citizenship.

Traevena Byrd

Traevena Byrd General Counsel

Traevena Byrd oversees the Office of the General Counsel. The attorneys within the Office of the General Counsel provide, manage, and coordinate all legal services for the university.

Teresa Flannery

Teresa Flannery Vice President, Communication

Terry Flannery oversees the university's official communications areas: University Communication, including the Media Relations and Web Communications offices; University Marketing; and University Publications.

Seth Grossman

Seth Grossman Chief of Staff

Seth Grossman is responsible for presidential communications, strategy and other duties on behalf of the president.

Doug Kudravetz

Doug KudravetzChief Financial Officer, Vice President and Treasurer

Doug Kudravetz oversees the overall financial and investment management of the university. His executive responsibilities also include controllership and treasury operations, student accounts, procurement and contracts, budget and payroll, capital and facilities planning, facilities management, sustainability, external relations, auxiliary services, public safety, risk management, transportation services, and internal audit.

Courtney Surls

Courtney SurlsVice President, Development and Alumni Relations

Courtney Surls works with the university leadership, alumni, and donors to support AU's strategic priorities, attract new funding, and build lifelong relationships between AU and more than 115,000 alumni.

Dave Swartz

David Swartz Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Since joining AU in 2007, Dave Swartz has worked to bring best practices and strong leadership to AU's Office of Information Technology, which provides central support for the university's computing and telecommunications needs. Recognized by Computerworld as a "Best Place to Work in IT" for 2013, OIT performs four distinctive service functions: IT Customer Services and Support, Enterprise Systems, Information Security, and Technology Operations.

David Taylor

David Taylor Secretary, Board of Trustees

David Taylor is secretary to the university's Board of Trustees. He also oversees WAMU 88.5, AU's public radio station, and the Office of Special Events.

Academic Deans

Lisa Leff

Lisa Leff Acting Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost

Lisa Leff works with the provost and academic units to recruit and retain faculty, develop academic programs, support faculty research and teaching, and engage in the intellectual mission of the university.

Lisa's Biography

Academic Affairs

SIS Dean Christine Chin

Christine Chin  Dean, School of International Service

Christine Chin, an expert on the political economy of transnational migration, Southeast Asian studies and intercultural relations, is interim dean of the School of International Service. The School of International Service is the largest school of international relations in the United States and is training future leaders to "wage peace" around the world.

Christine's Biography

School of International Service

Nancy Davenport

Nancy Davenport University Librarian

The university library, headed by Nancy Davenport, serves as a gateway to AU's print resources and electronic information and supports student and faculty research.

Nancy's Biography

University Library

John Delaney

John T. Delaney Dean, Kogod School of Business

John T. Delaney became dean of the Kogod School of Business on July 18, 2016. He is a noted scholar in the fields of negotiation, dispute resolution, and labor-management relations. He comes to AU from the University of Pittsburgh where, as dean, he increased enrollment, improved student quality, grew annual fundraising, and surpassed the school's $50 million capital campaign goal a year ahead of schedule.

John's Biography

Kogod School of Business

Cheryl Holcomb-Mccoy

Cheryl Holcomb-Mccoy Dean, School of Education

Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy joined AU in 2016 as the Dean of the School of Education. In concert with her colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences, she concentrates her efforts on recruiting and supporting a more research-active and diverse faculty, developing outstanding new curricula in education, and building bridges to school districts and education industries around the globe.

Cheryl's Biography

School of Education

Jill Klein

Jill Klein Interim Dean, School of Professional and Extended Studies

Jill Klein leads the School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS), which includes the Washington Semester Program, Washington Internships for Native Students, the Washington Mentorship Program, and the Graduate Gateway Program.

Jill's Biography

School of Professional and Extended Studies

Camille Nelson

Camille A. Nelson Dean, Washington College of Law

Camille A. Nelson, an expert on the intersection of critical race theory and cultural studies, is dean of the Washington College of Law. In 2015, she completed a five-year term as dean of Suffolk University Law School in Boston, where she led the creation of the school's first strategic plan, increased diversity, and achieved success in fundraising, grant writing, and program and partnership development.

Camille's Biography

Washington College of Law

Jeff Rutenbeck

Jeffrey Rutenbeck Dean, School of Communication

Jeffrey Rutenbeck directs and develops the School of Communication's academic and professional programs in Journalism, Film and Media Arts and Public Communication.

Jeff's Biography

School of Communication

Peter Starr

Peter Starr Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

Peter Starr oversees the College of Arts and Sciences, which offers more than 150 majors, minors, master's, PhDs, and certificate programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and education.

Peter's Biography

College of Arts & Sciences

Jonathan Tubman

Jonathan Tubman Vice Provost, Research, and Dean of Graduate Studies

Jonathan Tubman leads Research and Graduate Studies. His office seeks to develop opportunities for innovation in graduate education and provide infrastructure for academic research.

Jon's Biography

Graduate Studies

Jessica Waters

Jessica Waters Vice Provost, Undergraduate Studies

Jessica Waters leads Undergraduate Studies. Her office oversees the undergraduate living learning communities and the university's general education program. She also provides academic leadership on undergraduate curricular development and reform, and oversees implementation of the university's academic regulations and policies.

Jessica's Biography

Undergraduate Studies

SPA Vicky Wilkins

Vicky M. Wilkins Dean, School of Public Affairs

Vicky M. Wilkins leads the School of Public Affairs, a nationally top-ranked school offering education in the fields of political science, public administration, public policy, and justice at the graduate, executive and undergraduate levels.

Vicky's Biography

School of Public Affairs


Raina Lenney

Raina Lenney Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving

Raina Lenney is responsible for advancing the mission of the university through programs, benefits, and services designed to engage AU's alumni constituency.

Raina's Biography

Alumni Relations

Beth Muha

Beth Muha Assistant Vice President of Human Resources

Beth Muha is responsible for overseeing American University's Office of Human Resources.

Beth's Biography

Human Resources

Billy Walker

William Walker Director, Athletics and Recreation

Billy Walker oversees AU's athletics teams, intramural and club sports, and recreation programs. The Eagles compete in the Patriot League, which emphasizes athletics and academic competitiveness.

Billy's Biography

Athletics and Recreation