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AAU President Hunter R. Rawlings III

Hunter - Feb 2014 Hunter R. Rawlings III became president of the Association of the American Universities on June 1, 2011.

Prior to this position, Rawlings served as president of Cornell University from 1995 to 2003, and as interim president for one year between 2005 and 2006. He served as president of the University of Iowa from 1988 to 1995.

A national spokesperson for higher education, Rawlings has served as chair of both the Association of American Universities and the Ivy Council of Presidents. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he serves on the boards of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Haverford College, and the National Academy Foundation.

In 2013, he led a task force that made recommendations to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on balancing athletics and academics.

As AAU president, Rawlings is responsible for the overall activities of the Washington office, and works with the AAU Board of Directors and the member presidents and chancellors to develop and implement the association’s agenda.

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Board of Directors

The 11-member Board (1) proposes policy positions for consideration by the membership of the association at its meetings, (2) approves the budgets of the association, (3) works with the AAU President and Washington office staff to carry out the association’s agenda, and (4) functions for and on behalf of member universities between their regular meetings.

Lou Anna K. Simon
President, Michigan State University – AAU Chair

David W. Leebron
President, Rice University – AAU Vice Chair

Amy Gutmann
President, University of Pennsylvania – AAU Past Chair

Michael V. Drake
President, The Ohio State University

John L. Hennessy
President, Stanford University

G. P. "Bud" Peterson
President, Georgia Institute of Technology

L. Rafael Reif,
President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Barbara R. Snyder
President, Case Western Reserve University

Teresa A. Sullivan
President, University of Virginia

Satish K. Tripathi
President, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Hunter R. Rawlings III
President, Association of American Universities – ex-officio