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Mary Sue Coleman

President Mary Sue Coleman

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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Visit Mary Sue's Desk for blog post and speeches on prominent and emerging issues facing research universities and the broader higher education community.

Our Board of Directors

AAU’s 11-member Board of Directors consists of member presidents and chancellors and includes: a Chair, Vice Chair, Past Chair, seven additional Directors, and the AAU President (ex-officio).  

Eight of the Directors serve a term of three years (with a renewal option of one additional term) and two Directors, who have been members for five years or less, serve a term of two years (without an option for renewal). Directors are elected by the member presidents and chancellors.

The Board is the governing body of the association and among other responsibilities, it proposes policy positions for consideration by the membership, adopts policy positions on behalf of the membership as warranted, approves the association’s annual budget, and works with the AAU President and staff to carry out the association’s agenda.

Michael McRobbie
President, Indiana University
AAU Chair

Christina Paxson
President, Brown University
AAU Vice Chair

Gene Block
Chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles

Robert Brown
President, Boston University

Ronald Daniels
President, Johns Hopkins University

Philip DiStefano
Chancellor, University of Colorado Boulder

Chris Eisgruber
President, Princeton University

Kent Fuchs
President, University of Florida

Samuel Stanley Jr.
President, Michigan State University

Claire Sterk
President, Emory University
 

Our Staff

AAU’s team comprises talented and dedicated professionals who have past experience working for universities, government, business, and nonprofits.

The staff directory below is organized by department.

Executive Office


Mary Sue Coleman
President
Responsible for the overall activities of the association and works with the AAU Board of Directors and the member presidents and chancellors to define and implement the association's mission and agenda. She also oversees the AAU Chief Academic Officers (CAO) constituent group.

Kenneth M. Coleman
Director of Partners Programs
Responsible for overseeing the AAU Partners meetings and programs and providing advice and support to the executive, program, and membership committees.

Leah Norton
Chief of Staff
Supports the president, staffs the AAU Board of Directors and presidential working groups and task forces, and assists in planning the biannual AAU membership meetings. She also staffs the AAU Chief Academic Officers (CAO) constituent group and the biannual membership meetings.

Sarah Fitzpatrick
Executive Assistant to the President
Responsible for providing executive, committee, and development support for the Chief of Staff and AAU President.

Federal Relations


M. Matthew Owens
Executive Vice President and Vice President for Federal Relations
Provides strategic leadership and management to the association’s priorities. He oversees AAU’s federal relations activities and has primary responsibility for overall federal budget and appropriations advocacy. He shares responsibility for issues related to research costs and other regulatory and compliance issues. He also staffs the AAU Board of Directors and the AAU Membership Committee.

Jessica Sebeok
Deputy Vice President for Federal Relations and Counsel for Policy
Responsible for issues related to intellectual property and information technology and technology transfer. She shares responsibilities for a wide range of other regulatory, compliance and legal issues that affect research universities, and she is the staff lead for both the AAU Council on Federal Relations (CFR) constituent group and the AAU General Counsels Committee.

Mollie Benz Flounlacker
Associate Vice President for Federal Relations
Responsible for higher education funding, policy, and tax issues, including: accreditation, student aid, college affordability, charitable giving, endowments, and Department of Education international education programs.

Julia Jester
Associate Vice President for Federal Relations
Responsible for funding and policy issues related to the National Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and research integrity issues. She shares responsibility for other higher education and research policy issues related to American innovation & competitiveness and scientific openness & security.

Lizbet Boroughs
Associate Vice President for Federal Relations
Responsible for funding and policy issues related to the National Institutes of Health including regulatory issues, research costs and compliance, and access to scientific materials. Her portfolio also includes immigration and visa policy for students, scholars and faculty.

Hanan Saab
Assistant Vice President for Federal Relations
Responsible for funding and policy issues related to the Department of Defense’s Science & Technology programs and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and ARPA-E. She also shares responsibility for other higher education and research policy issues related to American innovation & competitiveness, scientific openness & security, and U.S. universities’ global engagement.

Katie Steen
Federal Relations Officer
Responsible for funding and policy issues related to the humanities, Title VI international education programs, and USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. She is also responsible for policy issues related to public access, and shares responsibility for staffing the Council on Federal Relations constituent group.

Taylor Henry
Federal Relations Associate
Provides policy, legislative, and analytical support to the federal relations and policy teams. She monitors and researches legislation, regulations, and policies, covers hearings, and represents AAU at meetings.

Alexandra Salatino
Executive Assistant
Supports the executive vice and vice president for federal relations and the vice president for communications as well as related AAU working groups, meetings, and activities. She staffs the Public Affairs Network (PAN) Steering Committee and assists in the planning of the PAN annual conference. 

Beth Stanley
Federal Relations Assistant
Supports the federal relations department and various federal relations-related AAU task forces, working groups, meetings, and activities.

Ryan Bock
Federal Relations Assistant
Supports the federal relations department and various federal relations-related AAU task forces, working groups, meetings, and activities. Assists in the management of AAU’s General Counsels Committee, the Council on Federal Relations (CFR) constituent group, the CFR Steering Committee, and the CFR monthly meetings and annual conference.


 

Policy


Tobin Smith
Vice President for Policy
Oversees AAU’s policy projects, initiatives and activities including the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education initiative and the AAU PhD Education initiative. He is responsible for matters relating to science and innovation policy and broader impacts of science. He shares responsibility for matters concerning research costs and compliance issues including facilities and administrative costs, export controls, scientific openness and security, technology transfer and regulatory reform. He also staffs the Senior Research Officers (SRO) constituent group.

Emily Miller
Associate Vice President for Policy
Responsible for collaborating with member campuses on institutional policy efforts related to undergraduate and graduate education. She directs the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative, the AAU PhD Education initiative, and other grant-funded projects. She also staffs AAU’s STEM Network and the AAU Association of Graduate Schools (AGS) constituent group and serves as liaison to the AAU Arts & Science Deans group.

Kimberlee Eberle-Sudré
Director of Policy Research
Leads AAU’s data and analysis efforts across a wide range of research and higher education policy issues. Directs policy-related projects such as the campus climate survey. She also staffs the AAU Membership Committee and serves as liaison to the AAU Data Exchange (AAUDE).

Tara King
Higher Education Project Manager
Supports the policy department’s advancement of strategic and grant-funded initiatives. She provides direct support to the AAU Undergraduate STEM Education initiative and the AAU PhD Education initiative and other post-secondary institutional projects. She also staffs the AAU STEM Network.

Meredith Asbury
Policy Officer
Responsible for policy projects and assisting with federal relations activities relating to immigration, science and security, technology transfer, economic development/engagement, and regulatory reform. Leads AAU activities relating to Golden Goose Award and the Toward and Open Monograph (TOME) Initiative. Co-staffs the AAU Association of Graduate Schools (AGS) constituent group and supports graduate and undergraduate education as it relates to specific federal programs.

Richard Owens
Policy Research Associate
Works with the Director of Policy Research and the full policy department to support AAU’s Policy and Federal Advocacy Agenda. Conducts research and analysis related to AAU’s federal relations and advocacy activities as well as AAU policy initiative.

Meara O'Malley
Policy Assistant
Supports the Associate Vice President of Policy, Director of Policy Research, and the Higher Education Project Coordinator with various meetings and activities related to AAU’s undergraduate and graduate education initiatives. Also assists in the planning of the AAU Association of Graduate Schools (AGS) annual conference and the AAU Undergraduate STEM Network annual conference.

Theresa Grieb
Executive Assistant
Supports the vice president for policy as well as related AAU working groups, meetings, and activities. She also assists in the planning of the Senior Research Officers (SRO) annual conference.
 

Public Affairs


Pedro Ribeiro
Vice President for Communications
Oversees and coordinates AAU’s public affairs, communications, and media relations activities. He also staffs the AAU Public Affairs Network (PAN) constituent group.

Rob Marus
Senior Director for Speechwriting and Communications
Directs AAU’s writing and messaging, ensuring message consistency and clarity as well as utility in reaching AAU’s strategic communications goals.

Daniel Kleine
Digital and Social Media Officer
Manages and maintains AAU’s digital media footprint. He works closely with AAU staff to ensure that AAU’s entire digital presence is timely, relevant, appropriate, innovative, informative, and creative.

Jillian Gates
Communications Associate
Supports AAU’s constituent and public outreach operations by the timely drafting, delivery, and placement of AAU’s member communications and other related communications products.

Giacomo Squatriti
Survey Analyst
Responsible for gathering and analyzing surveys and others forms of data to gain strategic insight into public opinion on higher education issues.

Office Operations


Roxanne Murray
Vice President for Administration
Oversees AAU’s operations, finance, IT, meeting planning, and human resources. She also staffs the AAU Membership Committee and the Audit and Finance Committee.

Tom Bozzo
Chief Information Officer
Responsible for AAU's technology strategy, operations, and security.

Eileen Fox
Chief Financial Officer
Responsible for AAU’s finances, investments and employee benefits. She also staffs the Audit and Finance Committee.

Raquel McKeveny
Director of Meetings
Responsible for all logistical planning and on-site management of the biannual AAU membership meetings and the Council on Federal Relations (CFR) annual meeting. She directs all logistical aspects of other constituent group meetings, the CFR monthly meetings, and various other in-town meetings and events. She also coordinates the AAU Partners constituent group program and meetings.

Andrew Parrish
Data Systems Analyst
Responsible for planning, implementation, training, and support of organizational technology and data-driven initiatives, systems, and services.

Sean King
Human Resource and Office Operations Coordinator
Responsible for day-to-day tasks supporting AAU's office operations including human resource management, benefits, and finance.

Madison McMickle
Office and Meetings Assistant
Supports the Senior Executive Assistant to the President and the Director of Meetings