The AUI Board of Trustees wants AUI to be the most inclusive, dynamic and agile scientific facilities management organization, co-creating scientific value in partnership with the academic research community.
Throughout its history, AUI has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to scientific and technological innovation and continuous management improvement to meet the evolving needs of the research community. With its institutional knowledge dating back more than 70 years, a record of successful research facility development and operation, and diverse partnerships and international alliances, AUI is uniquely positioned to serve the National Science Foundation and other government agencies and partners as an adaptive, service-oriented and community-focused research management team well into the 21st century.
The original AUI Board of Trustees was composed solely of a science faculty member and an administrator from each of nine founding universities. AUI recognized that this structure could inhibit its effectiveness, and the Board soon expanded beyond the founding university representatives, allowing the addition of more Trustees who were prominent research scientists, active users of AUI facilities, and ones with expertise relevant to the AUI mission.
The AUI Board of Trustees is made up of scientists, engineers and administrators from universities, research institutions and industry, in the US and internationally. Each Trustee gives freely of his or her talents and expertise in commitment to advancing the research endeavor. Four Nobel Prize winners, and numerous members of the National Academies have served on the AUI Board of Trustees over the past decade. AUI is well positioned to serve the national and scientific interest as a neutral body within its relevant scientific communities; it is mission-centric rather than representing the special interests of any specific entity or group.
AUI meets the challenges of the research sector by leveraging its unique agility as a management organization. As a research-focused, not-for-profit manager of scientific facilities for the benefit of the research community, and funded by one or more federal agencies, AUI is able to adapt its strategy and reconfigure the range of skills represented by the members of its Board of Trustees as required to meet emerging challenges. This agility does not exist for universities with a broad mission, or for consortia in which institutional members individually appoint Board members based on affiliation rather than experience or specific skills. AUI’s less formal institutional links give it unique advantages and provide the flexibility to maintain equitable connections with the broadest segment of its stakeholders.
The AUI Board is committed to realizing the broadest public benefits that flow from vigorous scientific research. As part of this commitment, AUI supports effective programs of education and public outreach, and seeks to help build a scientific enterprise that is broadly diverse and representative of our society.