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Cornelius M. Kerwin, President

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American University is moving forward with confidence and purpose. Our strategic plan—American University in the Next Decade: Leadership for a Changing World—now in its sixth 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 will transform the campus with new residence halls, a new home for the Washington College of Law at Tenleytown metro, and an attractive 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


Tatiana Laing named 2016 President's Award Recipient

American University President Neil Kerwin and President's Award winner Tatiana Laing. American University President Neil Kerwin and President's Award winner Tatiana Laing.

President Kerwin chose School of Public Affairs senior Tatiana Laing as this year's President's Award recipient. The award is the highest award given to a graduating senior whose accomplishments are exceptional and reflect the highest ideals of AU.

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Memo: Diversity/Inclusion Plan & Next Steps

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At the end of February, President Kerwin proposed five actions to improve AU's progress in promoting diversity and inclusion. His recent memo summarizes community feedback and next steps.

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Read February memo