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President's Council

AU's Administrative Leadership

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.

President's Cabinet

Neil Kerwin
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.

Biography

Office of the President

Scott A. Bass
Scott A. Bass, Provost

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.

Biography

Office of the Provost

Teresa Flannery
Teresa Flannery, Vice President, Communication

Terry Flannery oversees the university's official communications areas: University Communication, including the Media Relations and Web Communications offices; University Marketing; and University Publications.

Biography

University Communications and Marketing

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Gail Short Hanson, Vice President, Campus Life

Gail Hanson 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. She also chairs the Community Liaison Committee, which works to foster positive relations and to provide a forum for American University and its neighbors.

Biography

Office of Campus Life

Community Liaison Committee

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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.

Biography

Office of the General Counsel

Human Resources

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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.

Biography

Office of Finance and Treasurer

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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.

Biography

Office of Development and Alumni Relations

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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.

Biography

Office of Information Technology

David Taylor
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.

Biography

Board of Trustees

WAMU 88.5

Academic Deans

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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.

Biography

Academic Affairs

John T. Delaney
John T. Delaney, Dean, Kogod School of Business

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.

Biography

Kogod School of Business

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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.

Biography

School of International Service

Camille Nelson
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.

Biography

Washington College of Law

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Barbara S. Romzek, Dean, School of Public Affairs

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.

Biography

School of Public Affairs

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Jeffrey Rutenbeck, Dean, School of Communication

Jeffrey Rutenbeck directs and develops the School of Communication's academic and professional programs in Journalism, Film and Media Arts and Public Communication. 

Biography

School of Communication

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Peter Starr, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

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.

Biography

College of Arts and Sciences

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Jonathan Tubman, Vice Provost, Research, and Dean of Graduate Studies

Jonathan Tubman leads Research and Graduate Studies. His office seeks to develop opportunities for innovation in graduate education and provide infrastructure for academic research.

Biography

Graduate Studies

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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.

Biography

School of Professional and Extended Studies

 

Other Senior Administrators

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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.

Biography

Athletics and Recreation

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Nancy Davenport, University Librarian

The university library, headed by Nancy Davenport, serves as a gateway to AU's print resources and electronic information and supports student and faculty research.

Biography

University Library


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Raina Lenney, Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving

Raina Lenney is responsible for advancing the mission of the university through programs, benefits, and services designed to engage AU's alumni constituency.

Biography

Office of Development and Alumni Relations

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Beth Muha, Assistant Vice President of Human Resources

Beth Muha is responsible for overseeing American University's Office of Human Resources.

Biography

Human Resources