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Welcome to the President's Office

President's Office Building

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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President's Office Staff

Margaret Clemmer Executive Assistant to the President

Meg Clemmer has worked as assistant to AU's president for 18 years. In this role, she is responsible for the president's schedule, travel, and correspondence. She also oversees the daily operation of

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Seth Grossman Chief of Staff

Seth currently serves as the Chief of Staff and Counselor to the President of American University and as an adjunct professor of law at AU's Washington College of Law. Seth previously served as the

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Brian Chiglinsky Deputy Chief of Staff

Brian Chiglinsky joined the Office of the President in October 2017 as the president's speechwriter. He previously advised on policy and communications at Aledade, Inc., a health care company that par

David Taylor Secretary to Board of Trustees

David Taylor has been in the AU president's office since 1995, first as special assistant and becoming chief of staff in 2000. He came to AU in 1992 as director of media relations and served in that r

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Leslie Wong Director of Special Projects

Leslie Wong prepares event briefings for the president and board chair, provides support for special projects, and investigates student issues on the president's behalf. She also oversees Board of Tru

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Andrew Huff Director of Community Relations

Huff comes to American University from the office of Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans where he served as Director of Communications. Prior to that, he served in Mayor Adrian Fenty's Office of Community

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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 of Special Events

Lisa Arakaki works closely with campus partners to coordinate large-scale events including commencement, All-American Weekend, Staff Appreciation, Celebrate AU, and the Faculty-Staff Holiday Party. In

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Jonathon Sorge Dir Alumni Outreach, S&CP

Jonathon Sorge works closely with campus partners in efforts to coordinate campus-wide programs including, Celebrate AU, All-American Weekend, Faculty & Staff Holiday Party, Staff Appreciation, and t

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