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 president’s leadership team guide the University to achieve its greatest potential.


The President

The president represents the University to all of 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 Schenck is the first AUP President to assume leadership of the University from within. For nearly twenty 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, fundraises strenuously, and performs the crucial governance function of oversight. At present, the board has 24 members, a quarter of whom are alumni of the University, and three of whom are parents of AUP students.

Leadership Team

AUP’s six 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, Security, Operations and Student Services, Admissions and Enrollment Management, Outreach and Advancement and Communications—these senior administrators work to execute the University’s strategic goals and initiatives. They bring years of professional experience to their roles.