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Cornelius M. Kerwin, President

Welcome to American University. Our award-winning website is one of the many ways to learn about the university and engage with members of the AU family. Visit our schools and colleges, take a virtual tour, apply for admission, meet our engaged students, distinguished faculty and involved alumni, and look at how our scholars are creatively probing new academic frontiers. You will also find a vibrant AU presence on social media.

American University is moving forward with confidence and purpose. Our strategic plan—American University in the Next Decade: Leadership for a Changing World—soon entering its ninth year, defines our goals and aspirations. We’ve invested more than $100 million to meet these goals, and our progress in relation to targets is updated annually. Highlights to date include a diverse and engaged student body, a larger and more distinguished faculty, strong financial management and performance, more engaged alumni, and heightened recognition.

Our ambitious campus plan, approved in 2012, outlines projected facilities growth and campus enhancements for the coming decade. We have transformed the campus with new residence halls, a new home for the Washington College of Law at Tenleytown metro, and are constructing the East Campus on Nebraska Avenue.

It is an exciting time to be a part of the AU family. I invite you to explore and remain engaged with us, online and in person.



Neil Kerwin, SPA/BA '71



Campus Life Vice President Gail Hanson accepts donation check from Masonic and Eastern Star Home Charities representatives.

With great appreciation and considerable regret, I must inform the AU community that our colleague and friend Gail Short Hanson, vice president of campus life, will retire on March 31, 2017, after 20 years of stellar service to the American University community.

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Memo: Fall Semester Update

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In his end-of-semester memo, President Kerwin reported on important matters including campus climate, the November Board of Trustees meeting, strategic plan objectives, budget preparations, fall commencement and the contract workers' scholarship. He also issued a separate memo about support for undocumented students.

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