The president's council is composed of members of the:
- President's Cabinet (Provost and Vice Presidents)
- Academic Deans and Librarian (Academic Leadership)
- Other Senior Administrators
The president's council meets once a month to discuss issues of importance to the university community. A copy of the AU organizational chart is available online.
Fanta Aw Vice President, Undergraduate Enrollment, Campus Life, & Inclusive Excellence
Fanta Aw and the Campus Life staff work to integrate students into a diverse university community; promote their intellectual, social, and spiritual development; and in collaboration with the faculty, prepare students for lifelong learning and global citizenship.
Sarah G. BaldassaroChief of Staff & Counselor to the President
Sarah G. Baldassaro works closely with President Burwell and the leadership team on university priorities, including engagement with the AU community, advancing the Change Can’t Wait comprehensive campaign, and other cross-cutting initiatives.
Matthew Bennett Vice President & Chief Communications Officer
Matthew Bennett oversees the university's official communications areas: University Communication, including the Media Relations and Web Communications offices; University Marketing; and University Publications.
Brontè Burleigh-JonesVice President, CFO and Treasurer
Brontè Burleigh-Jones oversees the overall financial and investment management of the university. Her executive responsibilities also include controllership and treasury operations, student accounts, procurement and contracts, budget and payroll, capital and facilities planning, facilities management, sustainability, external relations, auxiliary services, public safety, risk management, transportation services, and internal audit.
Traevena Byrd Vice President, General Counsel & Board Secretary
Traevena Byrd oversees the Office of the General Counsel and serves as Secretary to the Board of Trustees. The attorneys within the Office of the General Counsel provide, manage, and coordinate all legal services for the university.
Seth Grossman Vice President, People and External Affairs, & Counselor to the President
Seth Grossman is responsible for community & government relations and strategic plan implementation. He also oversees the Office of Equity and Title IX, the Office of Human Resources, and WAMU.
Courtney SurlsVice President, Development and Alumni Relations
Courtney Surls works with the university leadership, alumni, and donors to support AU's strategic priorities, attract new funding, and build lifelong relationships between AU and more than 115,000 alumni.
Monica JacksonDeputy Provost and Dean of Faculty
As interim deputy provost and dean of faculty, Monica Jackson oversees all faculty appointments, tenure and promotion processes, faculty misconduct cases, new faculty onboarding and retirements, as well as the Career Center, CTRL, AU Abroad, and the International Accelerator programs.
Wendy Boland Dean of Graduate Studies
Wendy Boland works with the deans to develop AU’s strategy related to ensuring robust enrollment in graduate programs, planning for the future of graduate learning, and solidifying the university’s strong reputation for graduate study.
Diana BurleyVice Provost for Research
Diana Burley supports the faculty in building the influence and impact of AU’s scholarship and oversees the functions of research innovation and administration, including the offices of sponsored programs, research compliance, and university-wide centers.
Christine Chin Dean, School of International Service
Christine Chin, an expert on the political economy of transnational migration, Southeast Asian studies and intercultural relations, is interim dean of the School of International Service. The School of International Service is the largest school of international relations in the United States and is training future leaders to "wage peace" around the world.
John T. Delaney Dean, Kogod School of Business
John T. Delaney became dean of the Kogod School of Business on July 18, 2016. He is a noted scholar in the fields of negotiation, dispute resolution, and labor-management relations. He comes to AU from the University of Pittsburgh where, as dean, he increased enrollment, improved student quality, grew annual fundraising, and surpassed the school's $50 million capital campaign goal a year ahead of schedule.
Max FriedmanInterim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Max Friedman is the interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, which offers more than 150 majors, minors, master's, PhDs, and certificate programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and education.
Cheryl Holcomb-Mccoy Dean, School of Education
Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy joined AU in 2016 as the Dean of the School of Education. In concert with her colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences, she concentrates her efforts on recruiting and supporting a more research-active and diverse faculty, developing outstanding new curricula in education, and building bridges to school districts and education industries around the globe.
Jessica Waters Vice Provost, Undergraduate Studies
Jessica Waters leads Undergraduate Studies. Her office oversees the undergraduate living learning communities and the university's general education program. She also provides academic leadership on undergraduate curricular development and reform, and oversees implementation of the university's academic regulations and policies.
Vicky Wilkins Dean, School of Public Affairs
Vicky M. Wilkins leads the School of Public Affairs, a nationally top-ranked school offering education in the fields of political science, public administration, public policy, and justice at the graduate, executive and undergraduate levels.