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American University's Senior Officers

The president's cabinet is composed of the senior university administrators who serve as the university's officers and who report directly to the president. They work closely together with the president, trustees, and academic leadership to provide advice, develop and implement university-wide initiatives, and oversee operation of the university.

The cabinet meets with the president on a weekly basis and attends the Board of Trustees meetings. Each cabinet member serves as a resource person to the Board of Trustees committees. The cabinet is composed of eight members, not including the president. The cabinet, academic deans, athletics director, librarian, and others make up the president's council.

AU President Sylvia Burwell

Sylvia Burwell President

Sylvia's Bio


Vicky WilkinsActing Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Vicky's Bio

Sarah G. Baldassaro Chief of Staff

Sarah G. Baldassaro Chief of Staff & Counselor to the President

Sarah's Bio

Matt Bennett, VP and CCO

Matthew Bennett Vice President & Chief Communications Officer

Matt's Bio

Bronté Burleigh Jones

Bronté Burleigh-Jones Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Treasurer

Bronté's Bio

Traevena Byrd

Traevena Byrd Vice President, General Counsel & Board Secretary

Traevena's Bio

Photo of Nkenge Friday

Nkenge FridayVice President, Inclusive Excellence

Nkenge's Bio

Seth Grossman

Seth Grossman Vice President, Administration & Chief Administrative Officer

Seth's Bio

Steve Munson

Steve MunsonVice President and Chief Information Officer

Steve's Bio


Raymond OuVice President, Student Affairs

Raymond's Bio

Courtney Surls

Courtney SurlsVice President, University Advancement

Courtney's Bio


Evelyn ThimbaVice President, Undergraduate Enrollment Management

Evelyn's Bio

Billy Walker

William Walker Director, Athletics and Recreation

Billy's Bio