The Student Trustee-elect is an observer for the first term, and in the second term is a regular member of the Board. The American University Student Trustee is a regular member of the Board for purposes of meeting and committee participation and other general obligations of trusteeship, but does not have the power to vote.

The Board meets four times a year, in September, November, February and May and exercises its powers of responsibility for the University in the following matters: (a) elects the President of the University, appoints the Secretary, and approves the appointments of the Provost, Vice Presidents, and deans; (b) establishes University policies, to be executed by the President; (c) assists, guides, and evaluates the progress of the University and receives reports from the President in this regard; (d) elects Board members and officers; (e) approves full-time and tenured faculty appointments recommended by the President; (f) confers degrees; (g) appoints committees it deems necessary; (h) assists in raising funds to support the University; and (i) preserves and protects University operations and properties. [American University Bylaws, Article III, Section 10].

You are strongly encouraged to review the Board of Trustees Bylaws available online at


Candidates for Student Trustee-elect will be expected to present evidence of exemplary academic achievement and involvement in the American University community. Because there is only one Student Trustee, the successful candidate will be conversant with the issues important to most students at American University, regardless of their programs of study, and will demonstrate a general understanding of how university policies and operations affect student life. Candidates should be able to accept the responsibilities associated with Board service without negative consequences for their academic achievement. Graduate and law students who also earned their undergraduate degrees at American University are especially encouraged to apply. The Student Trustee-elect will serve a two-year term – the first as an observer and the second as Student Trustee. The Student Trustee-elect must be eligible to serve in both the first and second terms.


Applications for Student Trustee-elect are due July 5, 2017. Please submit the application and résumé electronically to or deliver a paper copy to MGC 271 c/o Cheyenne Oberther, Coordinator of Student Involvement.

The Student Trustee-elect’s term will begin at the September 2017 Board meeting and conclude at the end of the May 2018 Board meeting. The Student Trustee’s term will begin at the September 2018 Board meeting and conclude at the end of the May 2019 Board meeting.