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Since its founding in 1893, American University has benefited greatly from the devotion, service, intellectual contributions, ethical behavior, and philanthropy of many thousands of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends.

In a very real sense, they also are "trustees" of the institutions by virtue of their dedication, affection, and generosity that help to ensure that the University will faithfully serve this and future generations. Those of us who have been chosen to serve as fiduciary trustees for a period of time-to safeguard the University's assets and to foster its capacity to serve others-enthusiastically and without reservation accept the following additional responsibilities as evidence of the commitment of each trustee. Read the Trustees' Statement of Commitment.

Recent News


The Board of Trustees met May 16-17, 2019. The meeting began with a change in Board leadership, with Marc Duber and Gina Adams taking over as board chair and vice chair. Other highlights include several changes in Board membership, the approval of two new academic programs, changes to the faculty manual and the Washington College of Law faculty manual, and authorization to create an advisory board for WAMU. 

Read the memo

Trustee Accolades

Several trustees were recently honored for their accomplishments. Betsy Mangone was inducted into the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners Hall of Fame--CGP's highest honor; Peter Scher was named to Business Insider's list of "10 people transforming how we think about capitalism;" Margery Kraus was featured in Enterprising Women's cover story and named "Woman of the Year" at EW's conference; and Mehdi Heravi will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters from Utah State University.

Changemakers for a Changing World

A Five-Year Strategic Plan

Our new strategic plan is organized into three strategic themes — scholarship, learning, and community — with key imperatives to guide our focused efforts.

See the Plan