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Board of Trustees

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 2022 Meeting Summary

The November 2022 meeting of the AU Board of Trustees took place at the Washington College of Law campus. After a full day of committee meetings, trustees attended the annual President's Circle Celebration where former trustee Gary Cohn was honored and the inaugural Changemaker Awards were presented. During the business meeting, President Burwell reflected on AU's momentum and broader challenges we face. The Board also hosted a breakfast with faculty and heard presentations on the university's ongoing work on student retention and on new dashboards to help inform decision-making and track progress.

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September 2022 Meeting and Retreat Summary

The September 2022 meeting and annual retreat of the AU Board of Trustees brought us together at Airlie, the historic property in Warrenton, Virginia, which was gifted to the university in 2016. The retreat convened experts to discuss key trends and shifts in higher education and how AU is addressing their impacts on our mission and community. Learn more about the retreat, business meeting, and Airlie's history and its commitment to sustainability, inclusive excellence, and expanding research and educational opportunities.

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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.