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.
Announcement from Chairman Jack Cassell
I am writing to tell you about developments related to trustee Ross Levinsohn. Late last Thursday night, National Public Radio published a story alleging several instances of inappropriate conduct and allegations of sexual harassment while at two of his former places of employment. Subsequently, Mr. Levinsohn voluntarily agreed to take an unpaid leave of absence from his job as CEO of the Los Angeles Times.
As a result of the news reports, the AU Board of Trustees’ Executive Committee swiftly convened last Friday to discuss the matter. Shortly after, the board communicated with Mr. Levinsohn at which time he voluntarily agreed to take a leave of absence as a trustee. During this time, all of his board activities and university participation will be suspended.
Mr. Levinsohn has denied the allegations and they are under investigation by his current employer. At the same time, we take these allegations seriously and wanted to inform you of actions taken.
The Board of Trustees will continue to monitor the situation and will be in close communication with university officials.
Late Fall Meeting Summary
The Board of Trustees held its fall meeting on Thursday, November 16, and Friday, November 17, on the East Campus of American University. I want to share with you a number of items that came out of the two days.