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Meet the President's Cabinet

American University's Senior Officers

The president's cabinet is composed of the senior university administrators who serve as the university's officers and who report directly to the president. They work closely together with the president, trustees, and academic leadership to provide advice, develop and implement university-wide initiatives, and oversee operation of the university.

The cabinet meets with the president on a weekly basis and attends the Board of Trustees meetings. Each cabinet member serves as a resource person to several Board of Trustees committees. The cabinet is composed of seven members, not including the president.

Cornelius Kerwin


Neil Kerwin leads an institution of nearly 13,000 students, 1,300 teaching and administrative faculty, and 2,500 staff and oversees a $548 million operating budget.

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Scott A. Bass


Areas of Responsibility: Schools and Colleges (College of Arts and Sciences; Kogod School of Business; School of Communication; School of International Service; School of Public Affairs; Washington College of Law; School of Professional and Extended Studies); Graduate Studies and Research; Undergraduate Studies; Academic Affairs; Academic Administration; Institutional Research and Assessment; Library; Registrar; Undergraduate Enrollment

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Teresa Flannery

Vice President, Communication

Areas of Responsibility: University Communication; University Marketing; and University Publications.

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Gail Short Hanson

Vice President, Campus Life

Areas of Responsibility: Dean of Students (Academic Support and Access Center; Counseling Center; New Student Programs; Student Health Center; Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Services; Wellness Center); Assistant VP for Campus Life (Center for Community Engagement and Service; Center for Diversity and Inclusion; International Student and Scholar Services; Kay Spiritual Life Center; Student Activities; University Center); Housing and Dining Programs

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Mary E. Kennard

Vice President and General Counsel

Areas of Responsibility: Office of the General Counsel; Human Resources

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Douglas Kudravetz

Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Treasurer

Areas of Responsibility: Finance; University Budget and Finance Resource Center; Planning and Project Management; Facilities Management; Risk Management and Safety Services; External Relations and Auxiliary Services

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Courtney Surls

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Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations

Areas of Responsibility: Alumni Relations; Development (Annual Giving; Corporate and Foundation Relations; Development Communications; Information Services; Planned Giving; Research and Prospect Management; Stewardship and Donor Relations); Central School/College Development and Regional Advancement; and University-Wide Initiatives

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David Swartz

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Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Area of Responsibility: Information Technology

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David E. Taylor

Chief of Staff; Secretary, Board of Trustees

Areas of Responsibility: Office of the Secretary, Board of Trustees; Special Events; WAMU 88.5

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