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Mary Sue Coleman - Sept 2015 Mary Sue Coleman began her tenure as president of the Association of American Universities on May 31, 2016.

Prior to joining the AAU, Coleman was president of the University of Michigan from 2002 to July 2014 (where she is now president and professor emerita) and president of the University of Iowa from 1995 to 2002. Long involved with the AAU, Coleman served as chair in 2011-2012.

Dr. Coleman has during her career as a faculty member and administrator been a national leader in higher education. Time magazine named her one of the nation’s “10 best college presidents,” and the American Council on Education honored her with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
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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.


David W. Leebron
President, Rice University – AAU Chair

Michael V. Drake
President, The Ohio State University – AAU Vice Chair

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

C. L. Max Nikias

President, University of Southern California

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

Nicholas S. Zeppos

Chancellor, Vanderbilt University

Mary Sue Coleman
President, Association of American Universities – ex-officio