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A Message From The President

I'm excited to help write the next chapter for this distinguished university.

“Given the challenges facing higher education, our nation, and our world, I think there is no better time for American University to assert its considerable strengths, to lead and convene thought leaders, and take on the world's thorniest problems. I welcome the opportunity to help AU expand its scholarly influence, enhance the student experience, and be a model for inclusion and innovation at a time when these ideals are vitally important.”

American University's leadership is dedicated to stewarding the academic mission, research enterprise, and strategic vision of the University.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell leads AU as the 15th President of the University. The Office of the Provost, led by Scott Bass, is the chief academic officer while the legal powers of the university are vested in the 29-member Board of Trustees.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of American University. As the university's fiduciary, the board is responsible to sustain and advance the University's mission.

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Office of the Provost

The cabinet members work directly with the president to provide advice, develop and implement university-wide initiatives, and oversee operation of the university.

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The President's Cabinet

The cabinet members work directly with the president to provide advice, develop and implement university-wide initiatives, and oversee operation of the university.

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