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Board of Trustees

Safeguarding the University's assets and fostering its capacity to serve others

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

Apply to be Student Trustee-Elect

Applications for the 2023-2024 Student Trustee-Elect position will be accepted through June 30.

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May 2023 Meeting Summary

The meeting of the AU Board of Trustees on May 18-19, 2023, was a celebration of the AU community and an opportunity to advance important work for AU’s future. Accepting the gavel from outgoing chair Marc Duber and chairing my first meeting of the trustees was an honor, and I look forward to our work together over the next two years. Through collaboration, diverse perspectives, open dialogue, mutual respect, shared governance, and a commitment to mission, we can advance our strategic goals. On behalf of our new vice chair Charlie Lydecker and myself, I would like to express our gratitude to the trustees and the AU community for granting us the privilege to serve.

Read Board Chair Gina Adams's message

Gifts Name Center for Israel Studies & Elevate Scholarship, Research & Learning

Trustee Alan Meltzer, Amy Meltzer and AU friends Jaime and Andrew Schwartzberg have made generous gifts as part of the university’s $500 million Change Can’t Wait campaign.

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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.