Hunter Rawlings III to lead the Association of American Universities
The Association of American Universities
March 23, 2011
The Association of American Universities (AAU) today announced the appointment of
Hunter R. Rawlings III, a former president of Cornell University and the University of Iowa, as its
new president. A former chair of the association during his tenure at Cornell, Rawlings was a long-
time leader among university presidents and is a distinguished classics scholar.
“We are incredibly fortunate that Hunter is willing to take on this leadership role at AAU at
a time when we face significant challenges in Washington, in the states, and on our campuses,” said
Carnegie Mellon University President Jared Cohon, who is AAU’s current chair and chaired the
search committee for the new president. He called Rawlings “a real leader in higher education who
understands from experience the relationships between both public and private universities and their
communities and government at the state and national level.”
Rawlings will take the reins of the association of leading research universities on June 1 for
a five-year term. Robert M. Berdahl, the current president, who announced his retirement in
September, has served as AAU president since 2006.
Rawlings served as Cornell’s president from 1995 to 2003, and as interim president for one
year between 2005 and 2006. He served as president of the University of Iowa from 1988 to 1995.
Prior to the University of Iowa, Rawlings spent 18 years at the University of Colorado at Boulder,
where he was a faculty member, chairman of the classics department, associate vice chancellor for
instruction, and then vice president for academic affairs for the University of Colorado system. He
graduated from Haverford College and received a PhD in classics from Princeton University.
Rawlings is a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Research
Universities, which was formed at the request of members of Congress to make recommendations
for ensuring the long-term strength of the nation’s research universities.