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.
SINE INSTITUTE OF POLICY AND POLITICS LAUNCHES
The Sine Institute of Policy and Politics, made possible by a milestone gift of $10 million from AU trustee, alumnus, and entrepreneur Jeff Sine, SIS/BA '76, and Samira Sine, will capitalize on AU's location in the nation's capital and bring together experts and top scholars in the field with students in research and scholarship, to work on the nation's most pressing challenges, in a way that promotes common ground and bipartisan policy solutions. The Sine Institute will convene leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors and journalism to foster an exchange of ideas and engage in research around the complex drivers shaping policy and political discourse.
Early Fall Retreat and Meeting Summary
The Board of Trustees met September 13, 2018 at the Washington College of Law for its annual retreat. Topics discussed include the strategic plan; capital campaign; inclusive excellence initiatives; a financial review as we begin the two-year budget process; national issues affecting higher education; and technology to support the board.
AU RECEIVES $5M GIFT TO ADVANCE THE HALL OF SCIENCE
AU trustee Gary Abramson and his wife Pennie Abramson have made a significant philanthropic commitment to begin construction of the new Hall of Science.
TRUSTEE GINA ADAMS RECOGNIZED FOR SUPPORT OF SCHOLARS
AU trustee Gina Adams was featured in the July 12, 2018 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
New Board Members Announced
AU parent Maril MacDonald and alumnus Mehdi Heravi (SIS/PhD '67) join the Board of Trustees.
AU President Sylvia M. Burwell announced the launch of the Sine Institute of Policy and Politics. Made possible through a milestone gift of $10 million by AU trustee, alumnus, and entrepreneur Jeff Sine, SIS/BA '76, and Samira Sine, the Sine Institute will bring together experts and top scholars with students in research and scholarship to work on the nation's most pressing challenges in a way that promotes common ground and bipartisan policy solutions.
AU President Sylvia Burwell announced that Board of Trustees member Gary Abramson and his wife Pennie Abramson have made a significant philanthropic commitment to begin contsruction of the new Hall of Science. This gift will advance the sciences at AU and signals the beginning of a new era of momentum in philanthropy to reach AU's ambitious goals.