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David Taylor

Chief of Staff Office of the President

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 role until 1995. He is a member of the president's cabinet and works closely with the university's senior leadership on various campus-wide issues that has included AU's new Web site construct, the campus master facilities plan, strategic planning, NCAA certification, community relations, assisting in board communications, and outreach on behalf of the president. He oversees WAMU 88.5 (the university's public radio station) and the Office of Special Events, and serves as the university's spokesperson.


MA in Journalism, University of Georgia; BA in Journalism, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Favorite Spot on Campus
Reeves Field & WAMU
Book Currently Reading
The Vision of a Champion, by Anson Dorrance
President, Office of the
President's Bldg
Contact Info
(202) 885-2121
(202) 885-3279

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AU Expert

Area of Expertise:

U.S. government and politics: civil rights, civil liberties, and politics of school desegregation; urban politics; politics of race and ethnicity; African politics

Additional Information:

Steven Jeffrey Taylor is the author of Desegregation in Boston and Buffalo: The Influence of Local Leaders(State University of New York Press, 1998); "Black Elected Officials and Their Influence on the Process of School Desegregation" in Negro Educational Review(January–April 1996); "Progressive Nativism: The Know-Nothing Party in Massachusetts" in Historical Journal of Massachusetts(summer 2000); and "Appointing or Electing the Boston School Committee: The Preferences of the African American Community" in Urban Education(January 2001). He has also written "The Swann Decision: Brown Moves North," a chapter in the book Creating Constitutional Change(University of Virginia Press, 2004); "Political Culture and African Americans' Forgiveness of Elected Officals" in Polity(October 2005); "Disputed Electoral Results in Ghana and the United States" in Journal of Global Awareness(autumn 2004); "The Political Influence of African American Ministers: A Legacy of West African Culture" in Journal of Black Studies(September 2006); and "Racial Polarization in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election," published in the Western Journal of Black Studies(June 2011).

Media Relations
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