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Board of Trustees

Current Trustees by Class

According to the American University Bylaws (Article III, Section 2), Trustees other than ex officio members and members described in Section 5 of this Article III shall be divided into three approximately equal classes. Each year, one of the classes shall go out of office and successors be elected.

Class of 2017

Class of 2018

Class of 2019

Hani M.S. Farsi

Stephanie M. Bennett-Smith

Janice Menke Abraham

Charles H. Lydecker

Jack C. Cassell

Gary M. Abramson

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Gisela B. Huberman

Gina F. Adams

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Margery Kraus

Gary D. Cohn

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Arthur J. Rothkopf

Pamela M. Deese

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Marc N. Duber

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Thomas A. Gottschalk

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Gerald Bruce Lee

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Fernando Lewis Navarro

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Alan L. Meltzer

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Peter L. Scher

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David Trone


Ex Officio Trustees

Kim Cape 2

Cornelius M. Kerwin

LaTrelle Easterling 4

Todd A. Eisenstadt 1   
Larry Engel 1


Student Trustee

Shyheim Snead 5



Student Trustee-Elect

To be named 6

1 Faculty trustees hold their non-voting positions on the Board from their executive position on the university's Faculty Senate. That is, the chair of the Faculty Senate holds a two-year term on the Board of Trustees, and the immediate past chair holds a one-year term on the Board.

 2 The general secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church holds an ex-officio seat on the Board.

 The president of American University holds a non-voting ex-officio seat on the Board.

 The bishop of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church holds an ex-officio seat on the Board.

 One full-time University student will hold a non-voting position on the Board, nominated by the Trusteeship Committee from among one or more candidates submitted to the Board by the University’s undergraduate Student Government, the Washington College of Law Student Bar Association and the University’s Graduate Leadership Council. 

One full-time University student will hold a non-voting position as student trustee-elect on the Board, nominated by the Trusteeship Committee from among one or more candidates submitted to the Board by the University’s undergraduate Student Government, the Washington College of Law Student Bar Association and the University’s Graduate Leadership Council. 


Updated September 2016