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Board of Trustees

Safeguarding the University's assets and fostering its capacity to serve others

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

AU Presidential Search Updates

Trustee News

Student-run integrated communications agency, made possible by AU Trustee and School of Communication alumnus Michael Kempner, celebrates its first anniversary. Read more.

Board Chair Gina Adams, AU President Sylvia Burwell, and AU Alumnae among "Most Powerful Women in DC." Read more.

Presidential Search

Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be sent to

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.