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.
WINTER 2020 MEETING SUMMARY
The Board of Trustees meeting on February 27-28, 2020 focused on the exciting and impactful scholarship and research of our faculty, emerging matters that the university is addressing in real time, and key priorities within our Changemakers strategic plan. CAS professor Terry Davidson, director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, provided insights from his research on the human brain and the effect of diet and nutrition on the blood-brain barrier on February 27; and February 28 began with a breakfast discussion with approximately 40 faculty members. In addition, the board thanked outgoing VP/CIO Dave Swartz and welcomed AU's new CIO Steve Munson. Board actions included approval of revisions to the Policy on Reporting Suspected Misconduct (Whistleblower Policy); re-election of trustees Hani Farsi, Fernando Lewis, and Charlie Lydecker; and election of John Heywood as faculty trustee (2020-2022) and SIS student Ben Holtzman as student trustee (2020-2021). The board also received an update on the university's ongoing preparation and response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and heard presentations on AU's Inclusive Excellence plan and priorities and opportunities for the AU brand.
LETTER TO METHODIST CHURCH LEADERS
The Board of Trustees sent a letter to UMC leadership on January 17, 2020 that reaffirms support for our LGBTQ+ community and encourages the UMC to adopt policies that foster inclusion for all persons, regardless or race, ethnicity, creed, national origin, gender, gender identity/expression, or sexual orientation.
NEW BOARD LEADERS FOCUS ON AFFORDABILITY & INCLUSION
Marc Duber, Kogod/BSBA '81, and Gina Adams, SPA/BS '80, are AU's new Board leaders. They began terms as Board chair and vice chair, respectively, in May 2019. Duber is executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Bernstein Companies; Adams's background is in government affairs—but both share a love for AU and a sense of pride in the institution.