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Cornelius M. Kerwin, President

Welcome to American University. Our award-winning website is one of the many ways to learn about the university and engage with members of the AU family. Visit our schools and colleges, take a virtual tour, apply for admission, meet our engaged students, distinguished faculty and involved alumni, and look at how our scholars are creatively probing new academic frontiers. You will also find a vibrant AU presence on social media.

American University is moving forward with confidence and purpose. Our strategic plan—American University in the Next Decade: Leadership for a Changing World—soon entering its ninth year, defines our goals and aspirations. We’ve invested more than $100 million to meet these goals, and our progress in relation to targets is updated annually. Highlights to date include a diverse and engaged student body, a larger and more distinguished faculty, strong financial management and performance, more engaged alumni, and heightened recognition.

Our ambitious campus plan, approved in 2012, outlines projected facilities growth and campus enhancements for the coming decade. We have transformed the campus with new residence halls, a new home for the Washington College of Law at Tenleytown metro, and are constructing the East Campus on Nebraska Avenue.

It is an exciting time to be a part of the AU family. I invite you to explore and remain engaged with us, online and in person.



Neil Kerwin, SPA/BA '71


Memo: Interim VP of Campus Life

AU Named a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars Two Years Running

I am pleased to announce that Fanta Aw, assistant vp of Campus Life, will serve as interim vp, effective April 1. She will assume responsibilities upon the retirement of Gail Hanson. With three AU degrees and 25 years of service to AU, Dr. Aw has focused on diversity and inclusion, immigration, college cost and affordability, and improving the quality of the student experience.

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Memo: Strategic Plan Goals, Years 9 & 10

Read the strategic plan goals for years 9 & 10. The goals provide guidance for the next two-year budget and include updates to AU's diversity and inclusion efforts, given the current national political environment.

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MEMO: Continued Support for AU's International Community

Orientation for International Students

President Kerwin sent two recent campus memos underscoring AU's longstanding commitment to global engagement and offering continued support to those affected by changes in immigration policy.

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American University's Next President

Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

We are pleased to introduce Sylvia Mathews Burwell as American University's 15th president.

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Memo: Launch of 2017 Awards Nomination Process

Members of ISSS staff with American University president and administrators

President Kerwin announced the start of the annual university awards process, which celebrates the dedication, work, and outstanding service of AU's graduating students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Awardees receive a cash prize, from $250 to $5,000.

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