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Office of the President | President's Message


May 7, 2013

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We have prepared a short video message to update you on some highlights from spring semester, including:

  • Incoming freshman class
  • Student award winners
  • Truman scholar Deon Jones
  • College affordability updates
  • 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s commencement address at AU
  • Construction & facilities updates
  • New Athletics director Billy Walker
  • AU’s continuing relationship with the Washington Nationals

For those graduating in a few days, I welcome your entrance into the AU alumni community and congratulate you on your accomplishments. For everyone else, I look forward to seeing you back on campus for fall semester.

Building a Better AU

Visit the Building AU website to read about facilities projects that support AU’s academic aspirations and enhance campus ambiance. You can also learn more about AU's Campus Plan.

Building AU

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College Affordability

Find out how AU is educating students and families about college costs and loan indebtedness; financial literacy programs; and the value of an AU education.

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FY '14-'15 Budget

Strategic Plan

AU's strategic plan, Leadership for a Changing World, outlines goals and objectives for the next decade at American University. Visit for more information. ( login required for some documents)

Read the Strategic Plan

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