The staff in the President's Office serve as a liaison between various constituencies (students, parents, faculty, neighbors, alumni) and the university administration. The office is open between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
The building once served as the residence for American University's chancellors (later called presidents). The building was completed in 1925 and is a reproduction of the Macey House, built in 1854 on Nantucket Island. The building stands in what was the front yard of the General Murdock Home—The Old Farmhouse—which originally stood on this property.
Joel Hoard is responsible for maintaining the president’s website and related sites, managing web and social media for university-wide events, and providing support for special projects, events, and meetings.
Stephanie Leigh provides support to the president and chief of staff, including maintaining calendars, travel arrangements, coordinating meetings, and processing invoices. She also supports the Board of Trustees and special events and investigates student issues.
David Taylor works with university leadership to carry out the president's initiatives. He oversees the Office of the Secretary, Board of Trustees; WAMU 88.5; and the Office of Special Events. He serves as the president's liaison to on- and off-campus groups and constituencies.
Leslie Wong briefs the president for events, assists with special projects, investigates student issues, and co-directs AU's commencement. She provides support to the AU Board of Trustees and University Council.
The Office of Special Events is located on the sixth floor of Butler Pavilion. They provide support and logistical assistance for a variety of university-wide events and can provide guidance on vendors, site selection, catering, protocol, and more.
Senior Director, Special Events
Lisa Arakaki helps campus groups organize large-scale events, including Family Weekend, Staff Appreciation, and Development events. She co-directs AU's Commencement.