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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.

Recent News

Spring Meeting Summary

The Board of Trustees held their spring meeting on Thursday, May 18, and Friday, May 19, on AU's new East Campus. The board had a full review and discussion of the racist hate crime that targeted members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, including our recently elected Student Government president. They honored President Neil Kerwin who stepped down May 31, and passed resolutions to thank outgoing trustees for their service, including Shyheim Snead as student trustee; Larry Engel as faculty trustee; and Gisela Huberman, who is leaving the board after 12 years as trustee. Lastly, they approved the creation of four new degree programs in SPEXs, CAS and SIS.

Read the memo

Commencement ceremony

President's Commencement Address on Hate

Watch President Neil Kerwin address racial incidents that occurred on campus at AU's May 2017 Commencement.

Watch Address