University gifted Airlie Center in Virginia
Historic site will be used by the University for academic initiatives
University officials announced today that the Airlie Board of Directors has gifted the school its historic Airlie Center, located in Warrenton, Virginia.
The property, which is approximately one hour outside D.C., is set on more than 300 acres and includes the historic Airlie House and village of guest rooms and meeting facilities, according to a University press release.
“We are delighted that the pioneering vision of Airlie’s founder, Dr. Murdock Head, will live on under American University’s stewardship,” President of Airlie Board of Directors Suzanne Hayden said. “AU’s commitment to Airlie’s founding ideals of the open exchange of ideas that can effect positive change and to responsible land stewardship through conservation and sustainable practices, will ensure a bright and exciting future for this historic place.”
The Airlie Center has hosted global leaders, heads of state and diplomats for conferences and programs relating to social progress, education, environmental research and public health. The center has also played host to some of the early conversations surrounding the Civil Rights Movement, according to the estate’s website.
"The University is honored to have been selected for this wonderful gift,” President of American University Neil Kerwin said. “It is our intent to carry on the very impressive and important legacy of Airlie, while leveraging this marvelous facility for American University’s academic initiatives."