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Since its founding in 1893, American University has benefited greatly from the devotion, service, intellectual contributions, ethical behavior, and philanthropy of many thousands of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends.

In a very real sense, they also are "trustees" of the institutions by virtue of their dedication, affection, and generosity that help to ensure that the University will faithfully serve this and future generations. Those of us who have been chosen to serve as fiduciary trustees for a period of time—to safeguard the University's assets and to foster its capacity to serve others—enthusiastically and without reservation accept the following additional responsibilities as evidence of the commitment of each trustee. Read the Trustees' Statement of Commitment.

Recent News

Trustee Gift Supports Scientific Faculty Research

Board of Trustees member Congressman David Trone and his wife, June, through the David and June Trone Family Foundation, have made a $5 million gift to establish the Trone Family Eminent Scholar Chair in Neuroscience and Behavior. This campaign gift creates the first Eminent Scholar Chair in AU’s history, inaugurating the highest title for a chairholder at the university.

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May 2021 Meeting Summary

The May meeting of the AU Board of Trustees took place amid events that both recognize achievements of our past year and help chart our exciting path forward. We met during exciting commencement activities, and we recently launched major initiatives that are key to our Changemakers strategy and our future--Change Can’t Wait, our comprehensive fundraising campaign, and the new Challenge Accepted narrative. In business matters, the trustees approved two new academic programs and heard an update on Methodist Church matters. They welcomed two new trustees--Korey Neal, Sr. (SOC/MA ‘15) and Michael Balmuth (CAS/BA ’72).

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Changemakers for a Changing World

Five-Year Strategic Plan

Our strategic plan is organized into three strategic themes — scholarship, learning, and community — with key imperatives to guide our focused efforts.