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.
March 2021 Meeting Summary
Continuing the important work of supporting the AU community and our educational mission as we navigate the pandemic, the March 2021 meeting of the Board of Trustees marked important milestones. First, it has been one year since AU transitioned to online classes to support the health and safety of our community and the broader DC region. Second, we also considered the university's FY 2022 budget, which is a critical component of our ongoing ramp up of activity and the planned return to in-person classes and activities for the fall.
Announcing New Trustees
As we begin the spring semester, I am pleased to announce two new members of the American University Board of Trustees. In late 2020, we unanimously approved Maria Otero and Wes Bush to the Trustee Class of 2024. With outstanding careers in government service, the corporate world, and the philanthropic sector, and strong ties to the AU community, Maria and Wes will bring invaluable insights and leadership as we continue the university’s momentum and growth. Their appointments continue to broaden the skills and backgrounds among our trustees, which is critical to supporting our strategic plan and advancing our mission.
Trustee Gifts Enhance AU Student Experience
President Burwell announced a recent gift from the Bender Foundation, Inc., which will support the development of the Center for Athletic Performance (CAP), and gifts from trustee Stephanie M. Bennett-Smith, which will support and rename the AU Athletics’ Eagles Leadership Academy. The CAP will elevate recreation, fitness, competitive opportunities, and wellness for all AU students, as an integral part of student thriving. The Bender Foundation, Inc. gift adds to commitments from trustees Jack Cassell and Alan Meltzer which launched the CAP into its planning phase last year.