The Role of the Board of Trustees

The University’s Board of Trustees sets policy and direction, and performs the crucial governance function of oversight. The Board exercises fiduciary responsibility for AUP and sets the course for the University’s long-term development. It exercises oversight over budget and finance; the University’s buildings and grounds and its investments; academic rigor and annual program- and unit-level assessment; accreditation; admissions; and advancement. The members of the Board gather in France three times a year to discuss matters of long-term planning and university finances. The Board regularly engages the university community through its standing committees, and the alumni community through participation at annual and special events. The Board plays a central role in fundraising, spearheading advancement, and supporting the president. Feel free to contact the Board for more information.

Doris Daughney | AUP Board Chair and Executive Committee

Doris Daughney

Toronto, Canada and Paris, France

Current Roles

Trustee since 2012

Vice Chair | The Arts Arena Paris

Former roles

Director | RONA Inc.

Chairman & CEO | BC Pavilion Corporation

Board Member | Saxon Financial; Industrial Alliance Insurance

Chair of the Board | The Vancouver Opera Association

Chair & Board Member | The Vancouver Stock Exchange; The Children’s Arts Umbrella


Wilfred Laurier University | BA

University of Toronto | MA

Achim Klüber ’77 | AUP Board Vice Chair & Executive Committee

Achim Klüber

Bad Hamburg vor der Höhe, Germany

Current Roles

Trustee since 2014

Investor/Independent Director/Senior Advisor | Capitalmind

Former roles

Managing Director/Executive Director | Europe Arab Bank

Head of Corporate & Transaction Banking Europe | BNP Paribas

Managing Director | The Royal Bank of Scotland; Deutsche Bank


The American University of Paris | BA, 1977

Albert Ludwig Universitat, Freiburg Germany | MA, 1981

Barbara Reno | AUP Board Secretary & Executive Committee

Barbara Reno

Jupiter, Florida & New York City, New York

Current Roles

Trustee since 2014

Former roles

Managing Executive | Chief Executives Organization; The Conference Board Europe

Senior Vice President/VP | Simon & Schuster; Merrill Lynch; Chase Manhattan

Legislative Aide & Press Secretary | US CongressResearch Analyst | The Pentagon; The University of Texas at Arlington

Instructor, Political Science | Angelo State University

Chair of the Board & Board Member | FWA of New York & FWA Foundation

Board Member | Overseas Education Fund; BENS


Baylor University | BA, 1968; MA, 1971

Columbia Business School | MBA, 1988

Financial Times | NED Diploma, 2014

John E. Klein | AUP Board Treasurer & Executive Committee

John E. Klein

Washington, DC

Current roles

Trustee since 2016

Former roles

President | Randolph College

Executive Vice Chancellor | Washington University in St. Louis

President & Chief Executive Officer | Bunge North America

Director | Energizer Holdings


Princeton University | BA, 1967

University of Michigan Law School | JD, 1971


Richard G. Asthalter | AUP Executive Committee

Richard G. Asthalter

Bradford, New Hampshire & Paris, France

Current Roles

Trustee since 2009

Senior Counsel | Sullivan & Cromwell

Secretary & Board Member | The American Hospital of Paris

Former roles

President & Board Member | American Chamber of Commerce in France

Avocat Honoraire | Barreau de Paris

Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur


Yale University | BA, 1968

University of Oxford | M Litt, 1968

Yale Law School | JD, 1971

Martin Avidan '80

Greenwich, Connecticut

Current roles

Trustee since 2021

Managing Director | NATIXIS (Groupe BPCE)

Committee member | NATIXIS Americas Retirement Committee

Former roles

Portfolio Manager/Director of Liability Management | CGA Investment Management

Branch Manager/ Senior Corporate Banker | Credit Lyonnais

FX Trader/Credit Department Manager | CITIBANK

Secretary & Board member | AUP Foundation


Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University | MBA, 1981

The American College in Paris | BA, 1980

University of California at Los Angeles | 1975-1978

Chartered Financial Analyst

Euan Baird

Euan Baird

Paris, France & New York, New York

Current Roles

Trustee since 2015

Former roles

Chairman, President & CEO | Schlumberger

Non-Executive Chairman & Director | Rolls Royce Holdings

Director | Société Génerale

Trustee | Carnegie Institution for Science; The American University of Cairo


Cambridge University | MA, 1960

Heriot-Watt University | DSc, 1999

Elizabeth Ballantine

Elizabeth Ballantine

McLean, Virginia

Current roles

Trustee since 2010 (AUP Board Vice Chair, 2017-2020)

Independent Director | Principal Financial Group & Principal Mutual Funds

Board Member | Yale University Art Gallery

Former roles

Adjunct Professor | The George Washington University

Board Member | Association of Governing Boards of Colleges & Universities

Chair of the Board & Trustee Emeritus | Grinnell College

Chair of the Board & Trustee | National Cathedral School


Sorbonne / University of Paris |Diplôme d’études de la civilisation française, 1967

Yale University | BA, 1971; MSL, 1981; PhD, 1986

Andrew Batinovich ’80

Andrew Batinovich

Hillsborough, California

Current roles

Trustee since 2007

Director | Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc (NYSE:SHO)

Senior Advisor | Almanac Realty Investors

Senior Director | PREP Property Holdings; L3 Capital

Former roles

President & CEO | Glenborough LLC

President & CEO | Glenborough Realty Trust (NYSE:GLB)


The American University of Paris | BA, 1980

Elliott Burdette ’70

Elliott Burdette

Dallas, Texas

Current roles

Trustee since 2015

Managing Director | Glast Phillips & Murray

Former roles

Managing Partner | Burdette & Rice

Partner | Capelle & Burdette


The University of Texas at Austin | BA, 1974

The American University of Paris | 1970

Southern Methodist University School of Law | JD, 1981

Melanie Cissone '80

New York City & Phoenix, Arizona

Current roles

Trustee since 2021

Freelance Writer

Owner and CEO | YTTM

Partner | JSR Capital, Inc.

Board Member | Friends of Grayton; Deer Lake State Parks

Former roles

Senior Vice President | Target Capital Management

Board Member | Cultural Arts Alliance; 34557 Corporation

Treasurer & Board Member | Redfish Lane Association

Co-Organizer, North American Alumni Association | The American College in Paris


The American University of Paris | 1980

Temple University | BA, 1983

Béatrice Cointreau

Paris, France & Malibu, California

Current roles

Trustee since 2020

CEO, MD, Owner | byBC Ventures & Admirable Family Vineyards

Board Member | Women of the Vine & Spirits & WOTVS Foundation; IMPAK Finance; UBS-La Maison de Gestion

Former roles

CEO & MD | Champagne Gosset & Cognac Frapin

Board Member & Manager | Groupe Renaud-Cointreau

Board Member | Le Cordon Bleu

Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole

Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur


Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas | MA, 1984

Institut Supérieur de Gestion | MA, 1988

Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management | MBA, 1986

Institut Supérieur de Gestion | MA, 1988

Université de Bordeaux, ISIPCA, INSEAD

Margaret Conklin

New York City

Current roles

Trustee since 2021

President & Board Member | American Friends of the National Portrait Gallery

Executive Committee & Board Member | Mark Morris Dance Group; French American Cultural Exchange

Advisory Board Member | Center for Public Research and Leadership, Columbia Law School

Former roles

Immigration Lawyer | pro bono, The Legal Aid Society

Managing Director | JP Morgan

Associate | Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton

Board of Visitors | Columbia College

Alumna Trustee | School Year Abroad


Wellesley College | BA, 1979

Harvard Law School | JD cum laude, 1985

Sandra Craig | AUP Parent Class of 1996

Sandra Craig

Green Cove Springs, Florida & Paris, France

Current Roles

Trustee since 2009

Chair of the Board & Trustee | Photography Collections Preservation Project

Board Member | St. Stephen’s School, Rome

Former roles

Attorney | Consolidated Edison of New York

Chair of the Board, President & Trustee | Newport Art Museum


Manhattanville College | BA, 1971

St. John’s University School of Law | JD, 1975

Krystian Czerniecki

Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Germany

Current roles

Trustee since 2020

Partner | Sullivan & Cromwell

Who’s Who Legal | Chambers Europe & Chambers Global

IFLR 1000 | Ranking


University of Toronto | BA, 1983

Cornell University | PhD, 1990

Columbia Law School | JD, 1995


Christina de Labouchere ’86

Christina de Labouchere

Lauenen, Switzerland

Current Roles

Trustee since 2014

Co-Founder | Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Geneva

Co-Founder & Board Member | Fondation pour Genève

Board Member | The Klosters Forum

Former roles

Representative | Salzburg Festival, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

Reporter | Centre de Presse Monaco


The American University of Paris | BA, 1986

International University of Monaco | MBA, 1995

Madeleine Fabre

Madeleine Fabre

Paris, France

Current roles

Trustee since 2017

Partner | Ginesté Magellan Paley-Vincent

Former roles

European Counsel | Fried Frank

Associate | Sullivan & Cromwell


Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas | Maîtrise de droit des affaires

Université Paris XII | DESS Fiscalité international

Harvard Law School | ITP, 1997 and LLM, 1998

Eugene Glaser

Eugene Glaser

New York, New York

Current roles

Trustee since 2011

Chair of the Board | AUP Foundation

former roles

President | Zweig/Glaser Advisors

President | Drexel Management Corporation

Grand Officier | Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin


New York University | BA, 1962

Certified Public Accountant

Raymond F. Henze III | AUP Parent Class of 2010

Raymond F. Henze III

Greenwich, Connecticut

Current roles

Trustee since 2007 (AUP Board Chairman 2014-2020)

Former roles

Chairman | Global Private Equity & Real Estate, Trust Company of the West

President | Pacific Holding Corporation; Flexi-Van Corporation

Chairman of the Board & Trustee Emeritus | Williams College


Williams College | BA, 1974

Williams College | Honorary Doctor of Laws

Lee Huebner

Lee Huebner

Washington, DC & Paris, France

Current Roles

Trustee since 1984

Airlie Professor of Media & Public Affairs | The George Washington University

Chair of the Board | Le Centre pour les Études de Communications Internationales (CECI)

Former roles

CEO | International Herald Tribune

President, 1995-1997 | The American University of Paris

Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur


Northwestern University | BA, 1962

Harvard University | MA, 1963; PhD, 1968

Giles Kemp

Giles Kemp

Orlando, Florida & Assé-le-Boisne, France

Current roles

Trustee since 2015

Board Member | Thrive Networks; Occidental College; Phillips Exeter Academy

Co-Sponsor of SEEDS | an educational philanthropy program in Central Vietnam aiding 2,300 high school and college students

Former roles

Founder & President | Home Decorators Collection / Home Depot Direct

Chair of the Board & Manager | Swarthmore College


Swarthmore College | BA, 1972

Harvard Business School | MBA, 1976

Corinne Mentzelopoulos | AUP Parent Class of 2017

Corinne Mentzelopoulos

Paris, France & Margaux, France

Current roles

Trustee since 2009

Owner & Chief Executive Officer | SCA Château Margaux

Trustee | Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Board Member | Benaki Museum Athens

Officier de la Légion d’Honneur


Sorbonne / University of Paris | BA, 1974

Sciences Po / Institut d’Études Politiques | MBA, 1977

Silver Miller '68

Fort Worth, Texas

Current roles

Trustee since 2021

Corporate Consultant-Mining | SRK Mineral Industry Services

Former roles

President/VP | Lawrence Behr Wireless Communications; iPass

Senior Director | Nextel Communications

VP Technology | Wired Business

VP Business Development | One, Inc. Systems Integration

Principal/Director | Incepta; PrimeCo PCS (Verizon); US West

Faculty Lecturer & Consultant | Colorado School of Mines


Colorado School of Mines | PhD, 1989

Technische Universität Berlin | Diplom-Ingenieur, Bergbau 1982

The American College in Paris | 1966-1968

Hon. Jeanne L. Phillips

Jeanne L. Phillips

Dallas, Texas

current roles

Trustee since 2017

Senior Vice President | Hunt Consolidated, Inc.

President | Hunt Global Partnerships

Board Member | George W. Bush Presidential Center; Murphy USA; Turtle and Hughes

Trustee | Southern Methodist University

Former roles

US Permanent Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD), Paris

Executive Director | 54th Presidential Inaugural Committee

Chairman | 55th Presidential Inaugural Committee


Southern Methodist University | BA, 1976

Jane Ross

Jane Ross

New York City

Current roles

Trustee since 2010

International Educational Consultant

President | French Heritage Language Program

Vice Chair | Center for the Advancement of Languages, Education & Communities

Board Member | FACE Foundation; Interschool Orchestras of New York; Pianofest; School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences

Former roles

Professor of English & History | Lycée Français NY

Associate Professor of English | Long Island University

Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur

Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques


Swarthmore College | BA, 1973

Hunter College | MA, 1980

New York University | PhD, 2018

Jacqueline Routier '94

Berlin, Germany 

Current roles

Trustee since 2020

Marketing Lead, Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA) | Facebook Germany

Former roles

Marketing & Communications Director | CytoSorbents Europe

Brand Strategist & Manager | Etsy Germany

Marketing Manager | German Red Cross; alfabet AG; The Coca-Cola Company

Conference Producer | Institute for International Research, London


The American University of Paris | BA, 1994

European University, Munich | MBA, 1999

Hon. Craig Stapleton

Craig Stapleton

Greenwich, Connecticut

Current roles

Trustee since 2014

Senior Advisor | Stone Point Capital

Partner | St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Club

Director | Vivino

Trustee | National September 11 Memorial & Museum; National Medal of Honor Museum; World War I Commission

Board Member | United Way Tocqueville Foundation

Former roles

United States Ambassador to France

United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic

Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur


Harvard College | BA, 1967

Harvard Business School | MBA, 1970

Philippe Tartavull

Philippe Tartavull

Malibu, California

Current roles

Trustee since 2018

Former roles

President & CEO | Xura, Inc; Hypercom Corporation; Oberthur Card Systems


École Nationale Supérieure de Pétroles et des Mateurs | MS, 1982

Sorbonne / Institut d’Administration des Entreprises | MBA, 1988

UCLA Anderson School of Management | Executive Program, 1993

Trustees Emeriti

Gretchen Handwerger
Washington D.C. (USA)

Judith Hermanson Ogilvie '65
Balitmore, MD (USA)

Didier Pineau-Valencienne
Paris (France)

Hélène Ploix
Paris (France)

Burton D. Reinfrank
St. Paul, Minnesota (USA)

Rita Fredricks Salzman
New York, NY (USA)


Lizbeth Schiff '66
London (UK)

Jacques Setton '66
Paris (France)

Paul S. Slawson
San Francisco, CA (USA)

In Memoriam

Francis Andrew Dolan

Ed Frieman

Olivier Giscard d'Estaing

Arthur Hartman

David McGovern

Willem Peppler

George Thiel



Statement by the Board of Trustees, Adopted July 17, 2020


The Board of Trustees of The American University of Paris (AUP) is committed to building and sustaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive community. 

Our distinctive strength is in our multinational student body, representing more than 100  nationalities and speaking more than 60 languages. With a strong and ongoing commitment to racial diversity, equity and inclusion, we will develop braver explorers, deeper thinkers, greater innovators, stronger communicators, and more compassionate collaborators.

We acknowledge that this objective requires a concentrated effort by all – the faculty, the administration and the board, in behalf of all students – to assure implementation of a broad range of ongoing initiatives and actions that impact campus climate; faculty, student and board recruitment; curriculum content; and student life.

This will foster an environment in which AUP students develop the skills to be empathetic and courageous global citizens who are well equipped to advocate for a more just world.

In particular, we challenge ourselves to assure a dynamic environment in which people of all colors, backgrounds and perspectives learn together and from each other. As AUP educates current and future students, we believe they should be free to learn and develop in the absence of overt or subtle racism.

AUP’s nearly 60-year history is rooted in the core value of social justice. We honor these roots and, accordingly, align our actions, values and mission to ensure a better future for us all.