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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

May 2022 Meeting Summary

The May 2022 meeting of the American University Board of Trustees concluded an extraordinary week that featured the first five commencement ceremonies and the 2022 Alumni Awards. With the resumption of in-person trustee meetings, the trustees met with staff members to learn about the university's hybrid work environment and contributions of staff to the university's mission. The trustees also participated in a discussion about freedom of expression and challenges involved in promoting a culture of inquiry and an inclusive environment; dean Roger Fairfax then briefed trustees on the evolution of the Washington College of Law. During the business meeting, the board recognized the contributions of outgoing trustees Gary Abramson, Tom Gottschalk, and Peter Scher, along with outgoing faculty trustee John Heywood and outgoing student trustee Anusha Mannam.

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April 2022 Meeting Summary

Following the approval of tuition and fees in February, the Board of Trustees met on April 8, 2022, to review and approve the university budget for fiscal years (FY) 2023–2024. As previously described, the budget cycle followed a two-part approach to provide timely information to our community, effectively manage the ongoing COVID financial impacts, and update the budget with the latest data. The final FY23–24 budget is focused on investing in our community and continuing implementation of the Changemakers for a Changing World strategic plan.

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Changemakers for a Changing World

Five-Year Strategic Plan

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