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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

April 2022 Meeting Summary

Following the approval of tuition and fees in February, the Board of Trustees met on April 8, 2022, to review and approve the university budget for fiscal years (FY) 2023–2024. As previously described, the budget cycle followed a two-part approach to provide timely information to our community, effectively manage the ongoing COVID financial impacts, and update the budget with the latest data. The final FY23–24 budget is focused on investing in our community and continuing implementation of the Changemakers for a Changing World strategic plan.

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February 2022 Meeting Summary

Following the university’s health and safety protocols, the Board of Trustees met on February 24-25 in person for the first time in two years. It was a welcome opportunity to reconnect and see the community in action as we walked the campus and toured the Hall of Science. The February meeting advanced our strategy and critical priorities that support our community and the unique AU experience.

One of the primary business items for this meeting was considering the first part of the university’s budget for fiscal years (FY) 2023 and 2024, which includes financial aid, tuition, housing and meal plan costs, and mandatory student fees. The meeting summary includes key budget outcomes from the February 25 meeting, including the financial aid and tuition increases, with further details available in a fact sheet on the university budget website. Other components of the budget will be reviewed during the April 8 trustees meeting.

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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.