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.


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

Mr. Neil Boyden Tanner, Esq. - Vice Chair
General Counsel, International Markets, CIGNA. Philadelphia, PA - USA.

Mr. 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.


Dr. Esther Barazzone
President Emerita, Chatham University. Washington, DC - USA.
Mr. Stephen A. Briganti
President and Chief Executive Officer of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Foundation. New York, NY - USA.
Ms. Elizabeth Dibble
Chief Operating Officer of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Washington, DC - USA.
Mr. Thomas Duesterberg
Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute.
Dr. 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
Mr. Terry Grant 
Retired President, KeyBank. Utah - USA. 
Mr. Joseph Gulino
Attorney and Assistant Managing Partner at DRRT. Miami, FL - USA
Mr. Mark K. Holland 
CEO and Chairman, Ascend Staffing. Utah - USA.
Ms. Linda Kelley Kurfess
Former US Government Bond trader. New York, NY – USA.
Mr. Steven Lavine
President Emeritus, the California Institute of the Arts. Los Angeles, CA - USA.
Mr. 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.
Ms. Anne Luzzatto 
Retired Foreign Relations and Arts Professional. 
Mr. Thomas McCarthy
Retired. Former CFO at Cigna Corporation. Philadelphia, PA - USA.
Mr. Alfredo J. Molina
President and CEO at Black Starr and Frost Jewelers. Arizona - USA.
Dr. Beth Pfannl
Vice President, International Schools Services. Amsterdam - Netherlands.
Mr. Jonathan Pollack
Attorney, Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner, and Gellman Of Counsel. New York, NY - USA.
Mr. Matthew Ripsom
AUR alumnus and business consultant. New York, NY - USA.
Mr. Larry Sonsini
Senior and Founding Partner of Wilson Sonsini. Palo Alto, CA - USA.
Ms. Debra Tornaben
Development Consultant, TV Host/Producer. Jupiter Island, FL - USA.
Mr. Joe Torsella 
American politician and former diplomat. USA.
Mr. David Utrilla 
CEO, U.S. Translation Company, USA.

Trustees Emeriti

Mr. Andrew F. Palmieri
Partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP. Washington, DC - USA.