Devoted to Enhancing Student Life on Campus
Carmen Neuberger, CAS/MED '73, CAS/EDD '77, WCL/JD '83
Alumna (three times over) and longtime administrator—Carmen Neuberger's connections to American University run deep.
The mother of five daughters, Neuberger received a returning woman's fellowship in 1972 to pursue her master's degree in student personnel and higher education while working in the international student office and then with the vice provost for academic administration, Nina Roscher.
Over the next 14 years, the Philippines-born Neuberger advanced both her education and her career at AU. She earned a doctorate in education and a law degree from the Washington College of Law. In 1977, she was named dean of students, overseeing student conduct and activities, multicultural affairs, and wellness programs. A decade later, she was named acting vice president of Campus Life. "My education and work at AU went hand in hand; one enabling the other, providing context and meaning to both," says the Washington, DC, resident.
To ensure all new students make a smooth transition from high school to AU, Neuberger created the university's summer orientation for students, known today as Eagle Summit. Now retired after leadership stints at Dickinson College, George Washington University, and the American College Personnel Association, Neuberger wanted to further enhance student development at AU and to assist those who might not otherwise be able to participate in Eagle Summit. Through current support and a provision in her estate plans, Neuberger established a travel grant for students needing financial assistance to attend. She has also supported WCL over the years and named the law school a charitable beneficiary in her will.
"Carmen's generosity will ensure that first-year students at AU have the opportunity to participate in Eagle Summit, which helps them connect with classmates and develop an understanding of college life before classes begin—activities that strongly contribute to first year success,"said Gail Hanson, former vice president of Campus Life. "Her dedication to AU students will be deeply felt for years to come."
This article originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of American magazine.