Ward Circle Building now named Kerwin Hall

Board of Trustees announced the name change last month

Ward Circle Building now named Kerwin Hall

The School of Public Affairs building, now known as Kerwin Hall, in 2017. 

The Ward Circle Building, which houses the School of Public Affairs, will now be known as Kerwin Hall in honor of former University President Neil Kerwin's service to AU, the Board of Trustees announced last month.

The decision to rename the building was made on May 18-19 during the last meeting of the Board of Trustees with Kerwin as president.

In a May 23 press release about the results of the meeting, chairman Jack Cassell said the board wanted to honor Kerwin’s “more than four decades of service to American University — as president, provost, dean, alumnus and student.”

The announcement elicited a strong reaction from students on social media, where several students said they “refuse” to accept the new name.

Kerwin stepped down from office on May 31 and plans to take a year of sabbatical leave before returning to AU as a faculty member in SPA.


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