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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.

Recent News

November 2021 Meeting Summary

The November meeting of the AU Board of Trustees featured extensive discussion of key ongoing imperatives that are shaping the future of our community. We gathered at an important juncture, with the fall semester coming to close, work underway on the FY 2023-2024 budget, and the Change Can’t Wait campaign and Challenge Accepted fundraising campaign approaching important milestones. The trustees again had the valuable opportunity to spend time with a group of undergraduate, graduate, and law students during a virtual gathering.

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New Lectureship Advances Civility in Public Discourse

With the generosity of trustee Pamela Deese, SPA/BS'80, WCL/JD '83, AU becomes the 21st national university to host a Delta Gamma lectureship series, highlighting celebrities, political figures, entrepreneurs, and others who further the organization's motto to do good.

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Changemakers for a Changing World

Five-Year Strategic Plan

Our strategic plan is organized into three strategic themes — scholarship, learning, and community — with key imperatives to guide our focused efforts.