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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

Sarah Evans Special Assistant

Sarah Evans joined the Office of the President in June 2019 as Special Assistant. During her time as a graduate student at the School of Public Affairs, she served as a research assistant at The Lab @

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Special Events

Lisa Arakaki Senior Director of Special Events

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

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