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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

September 2021 Meeting Summary

The September meeting and retreat of the AU Board of Trustees was an opportunity for team building and to engage deeply on the topic of the future of work, a significant issue affecting our society. The trustees engaged on this topic from multiple perspectives—as the fifth largest non-governmental employer in the District of Columbia and as an educational institution that is preparing students to be members of the future workforce. Board business included approving SIS junior Aisha Jallow as student trustee-elect and welcoming new trustee Korey Neal and incoming CFO Dr. Brontè Burleigh-Jones to their first meeting. The trustees also authorized the sale of two university-owned residential properties.

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Trustee Gift Supports Scientific Faculty Research

Board of Trustees member Congressman David Trone and his wife, June, through the David and June Trone Family Foundation, have made a $5 million gift to establish the Trone Family Eminent Scholar Chair in Neuroscience and Behavior. This campaign gift creates the first Eminent Scholar Chair in AU’s history, inaugurating the highest title for a chairholder at the university.

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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.