The Board enables the university to realize its stated mission and goals. Along with a broad variety of other duties, it appoints the President and reviews and approves changes in the University’s academic program first proposed by the Senate. The responsibilities of the Board of Trustees are outlined in By-Laws of The American University of Rome.


Robert J. Krapf, Esq. - Chair
Partner at Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.
Wilmington, DE - USA

Neil Boyden Tanner, Esquire - Deputy Chair
VP, Chief Counsel and Corporate Secretary CIGNA
Philadelphia, PA – USA

Gregory Varallo - Secretary
Partner, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman
Wilmington, DE – USA


Esther Barazzone
President Emerita, Chatham University
Washington DC 20008 – USA
Stephen A. Briganti
President and Chief Executive Officer of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Foundation
New York, NY – USA
Faith ‘Carrie’ Coolidge
Journalist/Contributing Writer, Barron's magazine
New York, NY - USA
Mark Damato
Head of Global Commercial Real Estate - CEB
Arlington, VA - USA
Elizabeth Dibble
Chief Executive Officer of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
McLean VA - USA  
Thomas Duesterberg
Executive Director of the Program on Manufacturing & Society in the 21st Century at The Aspen Institute
Washington, D.C. – USA
Antonio Giordano, M.D., Ph.D
Director of the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine & Professor of Biology, College of Science and Technology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA - USA
Philadelphia, PA - USA

Giovanni Linari
Executive board member of FTS S.p.A.
President & Ceo of Spiti S.r.l.
President Magazzini del Caffè S.p.A.
Board Member SeeJay S.r.l.
Board Member ASD Tiro a Volo Lazio
Rome – ITALY

Joseph Gulino
Attorney and Assistant Managing Partner at DRRT
Miami, FL - USA
Linda Kelley Kurfess
Former US Government Bond trader
New York, NY – USA
Stephen Lavine
President Emeritus, the California Institute of the Arts
Los Angeles, CA – USA
Anthony J. Manganiello
Chief Administrative Officer of Virtu Financial LLC
New York, NY – USA
Thomas McCarthy
Retired. Former CFO at Cigna Corporation
Devon, PA 15333 - USA
Alfredo J. Molina
President and CEO at Black Starr and Frost Jewelers
Arizona 85016 - USA
Frank Placenti
Partner at Squires, Sanders, Patton Boggs LLP;
Founding President and Trustee of the American College of Governance Counsel, and Vice Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the American Bar Association
Phoenix, AZ - USA
Beth Pfannl
International Schools Services
Princeton, New Jersey - USA
Jonathan Pollack
Attorney, Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner and Gellman Of Counsel
New York, NY -USA
Matthew Ripsom
AUR alumnus and business consultant
New York, NY - USA
Larry Sonsini
Chairman, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
Palo Alto - CA
Debra Tornaben
Vice President of Development South Florida PBS -WXEL host

Trustees Emeriti

Andrew F. Palmieri
Partner at Saul Ewing LLP
Washington, D.C. - USA