The president’s council is composed of members of the president’s cabinet (provost and vice presidents), the academic deans and librarian (academic leadership), and other senior administrators.
The president’s council meets once a month to discuss issues of importance to the university community. A copy of the AU organizational chart is available online.
The members of the president's council are listed below.
Cornelius M. Kerwin, President
Dr. Cornelius M. Kerwin became American University’s fourteenth president on September 1, 2007. He leads an institution of nearly 13,000 students, 1,300 teaching and administrative faculty, and 2,500 staff. He is a nationally recognized specialist in public policy and the regulatory process.
As Provost, Dr. Scott Bass is the chief academic officer of American University. Since his arrival at AU in 2008, Provost Bass has focused on strategic planning, diversity, and strengthening the academic infrastructure. He is a nationally known gerontologist.
Terry Flannery oversees the university's official communications areas: University Communication, including the Media Relations and Web Communications offices; University Marketing; and University Publications.
Fanta Aw and the Campus Life staff work to integrate students into a diverse university community; promote their intellectual, social, and spiritual development; and in collaboration with the faculty, prepare students for lifelong learning and global citizenship.
Mary E. Kennard, Vice President and General Counsel
Mary Kennard oversees the Office of the General Counsel and Human Resources. The attorneys within the Office of the General Counsel provide, manage, and coordinate all legal services for the university.
Douglas Kudravetz, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Treasurer
Douglas Kudravetz oversees the overall financial and investment management of the university. His executive responsibilities also include controllership and treasury operations, student accounts, procurement and contracts, budget and payroll, capital and facilities planning, facilities management, sustainability, external relations, auxiliary services, public safety, risk management, transportation services, and internal audit.
Courtney Surls, Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations
Courtney Surls works with the university leadership, alumni, and donors to support AU’s strategic priorities, attract new funding, and build lifelong relationships between AU and more than 115,000 alumni.
David Swartz, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Since joining AU in 2007, Dave Swartz has worked to bring best practices and strong leadership to AU's Office of Information Technology, which provides central support for the university’s computing and telecommunications needs. Recognized by Computerworld as a "Best Place to Work in IT" for 2013, OIT performs four distinctive service functions: IT Customer Services and Support, Enterprise Systems, Information Security, and Technology Operations.
David E. Taylor, Chief of Staff; Secretary, Board of Trustees
David Taylor is responsible for presidential communications and other duties on behalf of the president. He is secretary to the university's Board of Trustees. He also oversees WAMU 88.5, AU's public radio station, and the Office of Special Events.
Mary L. Clark, Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice Provost
Mary L. Clark works with the provost and academic units to recruit and retain faculty, develop academic programs, support faculty research and teaching, and engage in the intellectual mission of the university.
John T. Delaney became dean of the Kogod School of Business on July 18, 2016. He is a noted scholar in the fields of negotiation, dispute resolution, and labor-management relations. He comes to AU from the University of Pittsburgh where, as dean, he increased enrollment, improved student quality, grew annual fundraising, and surpassed the school's $50 million capital campaign goal a year ahead of schedule.
James Goldgeier, Dean, School of International Service
James Goldgeier, an expert on contemporary international relations and American foreign policy, is dean of the School of International Service. The School of International Service is the largest school of international relations in the United States and is training future leaders to "wage peace" around the world.
Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy joined AU in 2016 as the Dean of the School of Education. In concert with her colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences, she concentrates her efforts on recruiting and supporting a more research-active and diverse faculty, developing outstanding new curricula in education, and building bridges to school districts and education industries around the globe.
Camille A. Nelson, Dean, Washington College of Law
Camille A. Nelson, an expert on the intersection of critical race theory and cultural studies, is dean of the Washington College of Law. In 2015, she completed a five-year term as dean of Suffolk University Law School in Boston, where she led the creation of the school's first strategic plan, increased diversity, and achieved success in fundraising, grant writing, and program and partnership development.
Barbara Romzek leads the School of Public Affairs, a nationally top-ranked school offering education in the fields of political science, public administration, public policy, and justice at the graduate, executive and undergraduate levels.
Peter Starr oversees the College of Arts and Sciences, which offers more than 150 majors, minors, master's, PhDs, and certificate programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and education.
Jessica Waters leads Undergraduate Studies. Her office oversees the undergraduate living learning communities and the university’s general education program. She also provides academic leadership on undergraduate curricular development and reform, and oversees implementation of the university’s academic regulations and policies.
Carola Weil, Dean, School of Professional and Extended Studies
Carola Weil leads the School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS), which includes the Washington Semester Program, Washington Internships for Native Students, the Washington Mentorship Program, and the Graduate Gateway Program.
William Walker, Director, Athletics and Recreation
William (Billy) Walker oversees AU's athletics teams, intramural and club sports, and recreation programs. The Eagles compete in the Patriot League, which emphasizes athletics and academic competitiveness.