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2019 Leadership Retreat

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Time: October 11, 8:15 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Location: Mary Graydon Center 

This year’s retreat is focused on the theme of student thriving. As the American University community works to fulfill the goals established in our new strategic plan, each one of us has a role to play in creating a high-quality student experience, supporting student thriving, and improving retention and graduation rates. You are welcome to review further details on Strategic Imperative Three: The Student Experience on the AU website.

We are pleased to host keynote speaker Dr. Laurie Schreiner of Azusa Pacific University, who directs The Thriving Project. The retreat will also incorporate AU student voices. We will spend the afternoon in smaller breakout sessions during which we will address various opportunities for supporting student thriving. The retreat will conclude with a reception and happy hour to allow for informal conversation with colleagues.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to if you have any questions!


Retreat Planning Committee Co-Chairs

Sharon Alston, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Enrollment
Jeffrey Brown, Dean of Students
Jessica Waters, Dean of Undergraduate Education and Vice Provost for Academic Student Services

Retreat Volunteers

Sara Biggs, Office of the Provost
Allison Gabriel, Office of the Provost
Carolyn Henrich, Office of the Provost
Michael MacEwen, Undergraduate Education and Academic Student Services
Stefanie Matthews, Office of Enrollment
Abigail Puskar, Office of the Dean of Faculty
Alexander Wagner, Office of Enrollment