The Finance and Investment Committee is concerned with University policies and issues related to financial affairs and the investment of University funds. Within this committee, there is also a Real Estate Subcommittee.
The Finance and Investment Committee also created an Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing which provides recommendations on ethical, social, and environmental issues. The Office of Finance and Treasurer facilitates Advisory Committee meetings and compiles additional information about AU's social responsibility efforts.
Committee Members, 2020-2021
- Jeffrey A. Sine, Chair
- Gary M. Abramson, Vice Chair
- Janice Menke Abraham
- Wesley G. Bush
- Marc N. Duber
- Fernando Lewis
- Betsy A. Mangone
- Alan L. Meltzer
- Maria Otero
- Arthur J. Rothkopf
- Peter L. Scher
- Elizabeth A. Worden, Faculty Trustee
- Benjamin Holtzman, Student Trustee
- Anusha S. Mannam, Student Trustee-Elect
- Cabinet Members:
- CFO, Vice President and Treasurer
- Campus Representatives:
- Alumni Association
- Faculty Senate
- Graduate Leadership Council
- Student Government
The Finance and Investment Committee is responsible on behalf of American University (University) for the oversight of policies and practices related to the University's financial affairs and policies, performance, and investment related to the University's endowment and operating funds.
The following are excerpts addressing committee organization from the American University By-Laws (as amended June 9, 2006):
Section 1. There shall be such other Standing Committees as the full Board shall appoint from time to time, each having such composition, duties and powers as shall be approved by the full Board from time to time. At present, the other Standing Committees shall be as follows: Academic Affairs Committee; Alumni Affairs and Development Committee; Athletics Committee; Audit Committee; Campus Life Committee; Communication Committee; Finance and Investment Committee; and Trusteeship Committee.
Section 2. Except for the Trusteeship Committee, nominations of Standing Committee officers and members for two-year terms shall be made by the Trusteeship Committee for action by the Board at the first regular Board meeting following the Spring meeting. The Board Vice Chair is the Trusteeship Committee Chair. Nominations of Trusteeship Committee Vice Chair and members for two-year terms shall be made by the Executive Committee for action by the Board at the same regular meeting as the other committee nominations after the other Standing Committee officers have been approved by the full Board. Vacancies on Standing Committees shall be nominated by the Trusteeship Committee and approved by the Board or Executive Committee for any unexpired term. Vacancies on the Trusteeship Committee shall be filled by the Board or Executive Committee.
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Section 9. The Finance and Investment Committee consists of at least four (4) trustees and is concerned with University policies and issues related to financial affairs and the investment of University funds. This Committee has such powers and duties, and shall operate in accordance with such procedures, as shall be set forth in a Committee charter, and any amendments thereto, approved by the Board.
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Section 11. A majority of members of any other Standing committee constitutes a quorum at any meeting thereof. Standing Committee members may participate in Standing Committee meetings by teleconference, which shall constitute presence in person at the meeting.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Monitor the University's financial operations;
- Oversee annual and long-range operating budgets;Review requests and plans for borrowing and submit them to the full Board for approval;
- Ensure that accurate and complete financial records are maintained;
- Ensure that timely and accurate information is presented to the Board; and
- Communicate with and educate the Board regarding financial matters.
- Set Investment Policies;
- Establish the investment asset allocation policy;
- Manage asset classes;
- Establish the endowment spending policy;
- Consider social issues related to investments; and
- Communicate and educate the Board regarding investment matters.
Updated February 2021