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Coordinates: 38°56′16″N 77°05′23″W 38.9376478, -77.0896912


American University

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      • 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, Washington DC, United States of America
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In 1991, Richard E. Berendzen stepped down as President after admitting to making obscene phone calls. He sought immediate medical treatment and remained a full-time member of the American University faculty until his retirement in 2006. The American University flag. Berendzen was succeeded by Joseph Duffy, who left after one year to become the head of the United States Agency for International Development under President Clinton. The School of Communication became independent from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1993. [1]

In 1997 American University of Sharjah, the only coeducational, liberal arts university in the United Arab Emirates, signed a two year contract with AU to provide academic management, a contract which has since been extended multiple times through August 2009. A team of senior AU administrators relocated to Sharjah to assist in the establishment of the university and guide it through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation process. [1]

In 2003, American launched the largest fund raising campaign in its history. The program, ANewAU, has a goal of raising $200 million dollars. As of January 31, 2008, the University has raised $158.533 million dollars. When the campaign is completed, the University's website states that it "will help to attract and retain the finest faculty, increase scholarship support, create and endow research and policy centers, ensure state-of-the-art resources in all of our schools and colleges, expand global programs, and secure the long-term financial health of the university by boosting the endowment." In the fall of 2005, the much anticipated Katzen Arts Center opened. Benjamin Ladner was suspended from his position as president of the university on August 24, 2005, pending an investigation into possible misuse of university funds for his personal expenses. [1]

University faculty passed votes of no confidence in President Ladner on September 26. On October 10, 2005, the Board of Trustees of American University decided that Ladner would not return to American University as its president. Dr. Cornelius M. Kerwin served as interim president and was appointed to the position permanently on September 1, 2007. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, he received a total compensation of $4,270,665 in his final year of service, the second highest of any university president in the United States. Ground was broken for the new School of International Service building on November 14th, 2007. A speech was given by Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI). Construction is slated to begin in early March 2008, and expected to last for two years. [1]

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