The Alumni Affairs and Development Committee is concerned with University policies and issues related to development, alumni affairs, and fundraising.
Committee Members 2015-2017
Peter L. Scher, Chair
Gary M. Abramson, Vice Chair
Jack C. Cassell
Pamela M. Deese
Marc N. Duber
Hani M.S. Farsi
Gisela B. Huberman
C. Nicholas Keating, Jr.
Robyn Rafferty Mathias
Betsy A. Mangone
Alan L. Meltzer
Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Courtney Surls
Student Representative (in even-numbered academic years, Student Government; in odd-numbered academic years, Graduate Leadership Council)
Pursuant to Article VII, Section 4 of the American University Bylaws, the Alumni Affairs and Development Committee is concerned with policies and issues related to development, alumni affairs, and fundraising.
The following are excerpts addressing committee organization from the American University Board of Trustees Bylaws (Article VII – Other Standing Committees):
Section 1. The Standing Committees shall be as follows: Academic Affairs Committee; Alumni Affairs and Development Committee, Athletics Committee; Audit Committee; Campus Life Committee; Communication Committee; Finance and Investment Committee; and Trusteeship Committee.
Section 2. Except for the Trusteeship Committee, nominations of Standing Committee officers and members for two-year terms shall be made by the Trusteeship Committee for action by the Board at the first regular Board meeting following the Spring meeting. The Board Vice Chair is the Trusteeship Committee Chair. Nominations of Trusteeship Committee Vice Chair and members for two-year terms shall be made by the Executive Committee for action by the Board at the same regular meeting as the other committee nominations after the other Standing Committee officers have been approved by the full Board. Vacancies on Standing Committees shall be nominated by the Trusteeship Committee and approved by the Board or Executive Committee for any unexpired term. Vacancies on the Trusteeship Committee shall be filled by the Board or Executive Committee.
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Section 4. The Alumni Affairs and Development Committee consists of at least four (4) trustees and is concerned with University policies and issues related to development, alumni affairs and fund raising. This Committee has such powers and duties, and shall operate in accordance with such procedures, as shall be set forth in a Committee charter, and any amendments thereto, approved by the Board.
In addition, the chair and vice-chair of any university-wide capital campaign in progress or planning, if not a voting member of the Committee, shall be invited as guests to meetings of the Alumni Affairs & Development Committee of the Board. Volunteer leaders of other major university fundraising initiatives may be invited to meetings at the discretion of the voting members.
Roles and Responsibilities
The Alumni Affairs and Development Committee is charged with informing and advocating within the Board issues that relate to advancing the priorities of the University through active involvement with alumni and fundraising.
Within the area of Alumni Affairs, the Committee shall:
Establish benchmarks for alumni engagement, evaluate current programs and systems in their achievement of those goals, and collaborate with the American University Alumni Board to assess resources allocated to programs that serve and inform alumni; and
Host and/or represent the Board at alumni and school-based gatherings.
Within the area of Development, the Committee shall:
Advocate Board definition and/or endorsement of overall university priorities, laying a clear path for fundraising objectives to be established either annually or in multi-year campaign efforts;
Affirm fundraising goals established by the Office of Development to address those priorities, providing advice and counsel to the Executive Committee of the Board regarding new fundraising initiatives or capital campaigns;
Provide advice and counsel to the Executive Committee of the Board and the Vice President of Development in his or her representation of the Office of Development’s plans and programs, and the financial and personnel and resources available to achieve those goals;
Make recommendations to the Trusteeship Committee regarding financial expectations for trustee annual giving and capital campaign commitments;
Set benchmarks for trustee involvement in the cultivation and solicitation of other potential donors to the university;
Review and evaluate American University Gift Acceptance policies, making recommendations to the Executive Committee or Board for additions or changes to them;
Review and evaluate American University central giving societies, clubs, and other alumni or fundraising based honors, making recommendations to the full Board for their establishment and selection criteria; and
Host and/or represent the Board at cultivation and stewardship events of the University.