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.


Gabriel A. Battista, AUR Board Chair
Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Italian American Foundation
Great Falls, VA – USA
Andrew F. Palmieri, AUR Board Vice Chair
Partner at Saul Ewing LLP
Washington, D.C. - USA
Gregory Varallo, AUR Board Secretary
President of Richards, Layton & Finger P.A.
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
 “Chiara Fama” Professor of Pathology in the Department of Human Pathology & Oncology, University of Siena
Philadelphia, PA - USA
Martha Lynn Girard
Former Director of the Federal Register
McLean, VA - USA
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
Retired. President Emeritus, the California Institute of the Arts
Los Angeles, CA – USA
Giovanni Linari
Rome - Italy
Joseph Lonardo
Partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Managing Partner of Washington DC Office Washington, D.C.– USA
Anthony J. Manganiello
CAO at 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 Business Administration, 2015)
Entrepreneur and Consultant
New York, NY - USA
Ed Schwarz
Owner, Montrose Realty Property Management
South Orange – USA
Larry Sonsini
Chairman, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
Palo Alto - CA
Neil Boyden Tanner, Esquire
VP, Chief Counsel and Corporate Secretary CIGNA
Philadelphia, PA – US
Mary Teagarden
Associate Dean of Faculty and Administration, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Glendale, Arizona – USA
Debra Tornaben
Vice President of Development South Florida PBS -WXEL
Jupiter Island, FL – USA

Trustees Emeriti

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

Dominic Massaro, J.D., LL.D.
Judge, Supreme Court Chambers
New York, NY - USA

Suzanne F. Nicholson
McLean, VA - USA

Leila Gonzalez-Sullivan, Ed. D.
Visiting Professor, Community College Education, North Carolina State University
Cary, NC – USA