The American University of Rome’s Board of Trustees is the University’s highest governing body. The Board is responsible for the oversight and conduct of the University including academic and financial policy-making, financial health, and welfare. The Board enables the university to realize its stated mission and goals.


Thomas McCarthy
Thomas McCarthy - Chair
Retired, former CFO, The Cigna Group
Philadelphia, PA – USA
Neil Boyden Tanner – Vice Chair
Global General Counsel, Olympus Corporation
Center Valley, PA - US and Tokyo, Japan


Fiorella Alvino
Partner at Nuziante Magrone
Milan, Italy
Esther Barazzone
President Emerita, Chatham University
Washington, DC – USA
Gloria Polaski Blint
CEO, Red House Communications, INC.
Pittsburgh, PA – USA
Stephen A. Briganti
Retired-President and CEO Emeritus, The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Foundation
New York, NY – USA
Dustin Brighton
Managing Director of Brightstone Bridge, LLC
Fayetteville, AK – USA
Elizabeth Dibble
Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers
Rome, Italy
Thomas Duesterberg
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
Washington, DC – USA
Jeannie Esti
Principal at Compagna Enterprises, LLC
Boston, MA - USA
Terry Grant
President and CEO, Alta Bank
Salt Lake City, UT – USA
Joseph Gulino
Managing Partner, DRRT
Miami, FL – USA
Mark Holland
CEO and Chairman, Ascend Staffing
Salt Lake City, UT – USA
Linda Kelley Kurfess
Former Director of Government Bond Trading at Credit Suisse First Boston
New York, NY – USA
Robert J. Krapf
Former Partner (retired), Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.
Newark, DE – USA
Stephen Lavine
President Emeritus, California Institute of the Arts
Los Angeles, CA - USA
Giovanni Linari
Board Member of FTS S.p.A
Rome – ITALY
Anne Luzzatto
Retired. Formerly: Co-founder of the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children
Washington, DC – USA
Alfredo J. Molina
Chairman and CEO of Molina Fine Jewelers and Black, Starr & Frost
Phoenix, AZ – USA
Tom Pilla
Founder & Principal, Faro Communications
London, UK
Jonathan Pollack
Attorney at Yorn, Levine, et. al.
New York, NY -USA
Matthew Ripsom
AUR alumnus (2015) and Business Consultant
New York, NY – USA
Larry Sonsini
Senior and Founding Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Palo Alto, CA – USA
Debra Tornaben
Host & Producer PBS Series. Development consultant
Jupiter Island, FL - USA
Joseph Torsella
Former State Treasurer Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA - USA
David Utrilla
CEO, U.S. Translation Company
Salt Lake City, UT – USA
Gregory Varallo
Partner, Head of Wilmington office - Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP
Wilmington, DE – USA


Andrew F. Palmieri
Partner, Saul Ewing LLP
Washington, DC – USA