The leaders of The American University of Paris work to advance AUP’s mission and the achievement of the strategic plan. From providing overall vision to managing administrative functions, the President, Board of Trustees and Leadership Team guide the University to achieve its greatest potential.


The President

The President represents the University to all its constituencies, including the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, families, friends and partners. The President also takes the lead in articulating strategic vision and setting goals for institutional performance, working closely with the senior team. Dr. Celeste M. Schenck is the first AUP President to assume leadership of the University from within. For nearly 20 years prior to her presidency, she served in a variety of roles at AUP, including Professor of Comparative Literature and Provost. Her familiarity with all facets of the University as well as her long dedication to AUP’s flourishing have positioned her well to guide the University toward ever-greater growth.


The Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of The American University of Paris. It sets policy and direction, oversees the execution of the strategic plan, makes decisions about appointments and investments, raises funds strenuously, and performs the crucial governance function of oversight. At present, the board has over 20 members, a quarter of whom are alumni of the University, and three of whom are parents of AUP students.

Leadership Team

AUP’s five officers are members of the President’s Leadership Team and manage AUP’s administrative functions. Within each of their areas of responsibility – Academic Affairs; Finance and Administration; Student Services; Enrollment Management; and Presidential Initiatives – these senior administrators work to execute the University’s strategic goals and initiatives. They bring years of professional experience to their roles.