AU President Shares Challenges, Triumphs of Presidency


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Aired January 11, 2024

As higher education enters the new year under heightened scrutiny from legislators, campuses are getting back to business. Jon, Sarah, and Mushtaq are thrilled to speak with ACE Board member and American University President Sylvia Burwell as she prepares to finish out her final year at the helm of the Washington, DC, campus. She talks about the challenges she faced during her tenure and what she thinks are the biggest changes higher ed has faced over that time.

Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:

Congress Has a Deal to Fund the Government and Not Much Time to Pass It
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Jan 7, 2024

House Republicans Plot Swift Impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas as Moderates Signal Support
CNN | Jan. 7, 2024

The Big Questions Looming Over the Iowa Caucuses: Here’s What to Expect
The New York Times (sub. req.) | Jan. 9, 2024

Claudine Gay: What Just Happened at Harvard Is Bigger Than Me
The New York Times (sub. req.) | Jan. 3, 2024

American University President to Step Down After the Coming School Year
The Washington Post (sub. req.) | Aug. 8, 2023

College Presidents Are Still Overwhelmingly White Men
Higher Ed Dive | April 14, 2023

Most New Presidents at Top Research Universities Are Now Women
The Chronicle of Higher Education (sub. req.) | May 31, 2023

AU Launches ‘Change Can’t Wait’ $500 Million Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign
American University | May 12, 2021

Changemakers for a Changing World
American University

AU Welcomes District Scholars
American University | June 2, 2020


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