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, Chair
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Talk America Corporation
Great Falls VA – USA
[You can 'Meet Gabriel A. Battista' here as he gives a video interview to i-Italy TV]

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

Gregory Varallo, Secretary
President of Richards, Layton & Finger P.A.
Wilmington, DE – USA


Stephen A. Briganti
President and Chief Executive Officer of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Foundation
New York, NY – USA
Robert E. Carlucci
Founder and owner of R&R Ventures and Affiliates
Chester, MD – 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
Patricia de Stacy Harrison
President and Chief Executive Officer of Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
Washington, D.C. – USA
Robert J. Krapf, Esq.
Partner at Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A.
Wilmington, DE – USA
Linda Kelley Kurfess
Former US Government Bond trader
New York, NY – USA
Stephen Lavine
President of the California Institute of the Arts
Los Angeles, CA – USA
Dale LeMasters
Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Advisors, LLC
New Canaan, CT - USA
Joseph Lonardo
Partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Managing Partner of Washington DC Office
Washington, D.C.– USA
Anthony J. Manganiello
Chief Administrative Officer of Virtu Financial LLC
New York, NY – USA
Frank M. Placenti
Partner at Squire 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
Vice President, Administrative Searches and Governance Services, International Schools Services (ISS)
Jonathan Pollack
Attorney at Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner and Gellman Of Counsel
New York, NY – USA
Francesco Profumo
President of Compagnia di San Paolo
Turin, ITALY

Ed Schwarz
Owner of Montrose Realty Property Management
South Orange, NJ – USA
Larry Sonsini
Chairman of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
Palo Alto, CA – USA
Neil Boyden Tanner, Esquire
Vice President, Chief Counsel and Corporate Secretary CIGNA
Philadelphia, PA – USA

Mary Teagarden
Professor of Global Strategy, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Glendale, AZ – USA

Debra Tornaben
Vice President, Development South Florida PBS; WXEL host
Jupiter Island, FL – USA

Trustees Emeriti

Dominic Massaro, J.D., LL.D.
Judge, Supreme Court Chambers
New York, NY – USA
Leila Gonzalez-Sullivan, Ed. D.
Visiting Professor, Community College Education, North Carolina State University
Cary, NC – USA
Suzanne F. Nicholson
McLean, VA – USA