The American College of the Mediterranean (ACM) is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of distinguished professors from Harvard University, Duke and the University of Arizona. In addition, there are two members of the Board of Trustees of ACM's parent institution, the Institute for American Universities (IAU), who also serve on the Board of Directors for ACM. The Board provides oversight to key ACM components including academic quality and integrity, finances, and properties.

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Donna Dillon Manning

Vice President, Corporate Board Placement, Catalyst Inc. (Retired)
IAU Board of Trustees member since 1987
Former Chairman of the IAU Board 1993 - 2013
IAU Alumna, 1961-1962

Donna Manning practiced corporate and securities law with a Wall Street firm following graduation from law school. She served as the Executive Director of Strategic Planning for the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. At the time she retired, she was Vice President of Corporate Board Placement at Catalyst, an organization promoting women in business.

During her career Manning sat on numerous corporate and charitable boards, including the Board of Trustees and later the Board of International Advisors of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Presently she sits on the board of the Institute for American Universities in Aix-en-Provence, France which she chaired from 1992 to 2012 and is a member of the board of the Foreign Policy Association. She also served on the board of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (renamed Learning Ally) which she chaired for eight years. She is presently an Emeritus Director.

A graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, Manning also holds an MS in Education from the State University of New York, a JD from Columbia University School of Law and an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

She lives in Los Cabos, Baja, Mexico.


Alain-Philippe Durand, PhD
Dean of the College of Humanities

University of Arizona

Alain-Philippe Durand (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999) is Dean of the College of Humanities, Professor of French, Honors College Distinguished Fellow, and Affiliated Faculty in Africana StudiesLatin American Studies and in LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. He was the Interim Head of the Department of French and Italian (2015-2016), Director of the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SILLC) (2010-2016), and Director of Africana Studies (2011-2016). Prior to coming to the University of Arizona in 2010, Dr. Durand was Professor of French, English, and Film Media, and Head of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Rhode Island. His interests include the contemporary novel (France, Brazil, and US), French Cinema, Hip-Hop Culture, Jorge Amado, and Recruiting and Promoting Strategies for the Humanities, Professional Development and Mentoring.

At the University of Arizona, Dr. Durand was awarded the Richard Ruiz Diversity Leadership Faculty Award (2017), the African American Community Council’s Distinguished Faculty Award (2015), the Honors College's Five Star Faculty Award (2013), and was named Distinguished Fellow at the Honors College (2014). The French Government made Dr. Durand a knight in the order of the Palmes Académiques (2007). His complete CV and Publications may be found here.

Clare Tufts, PhD
Director, French Language Program
Duke University
IAU alumna, 1967-1968

Clare Tufts is a Professor of the Practice in French and Linguistics, and Director of the French Language Program at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Her research interests include applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, French theater, and French bande dessinée. Publications include “Re-imaging heroes / rewriting history: the pictures and texts in children's newspapers in France from 1939–45”, in History and Politics in French Language Comics and Graphic Novels, ed. Mark McKinney (University of Mississippi Press, 2008), and Sur le vif, 6th edition (intermediate French textbook and ancillaries), Cengage Publishers, 2014. Clare’s current research and writing is focused on the cartoonist Vincent Krassousky (aka Vica) and his collaborationist work during the Occupation. Clare was a student at IAU in Aix-en-Provence for the academic year of 1967-1968, and taught with IAU in the summer of 1988. She is also co-director and teaching faculty in the Duke-in-Aix summer program, hosted by the IAU in 2016 and again in 2017.

William Granara, PhD
Professor of Arabic Language and Literature
Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Harvard University

William Granara is professor of Arabic language and literature at Harvard University, and is the director of its Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He is also the founding director of Harvard Summer School’s Program Postcolonial Studies: France and the Arab World, in Aix-en-Provence, France. He studied Arabic and French at Georgetown University and received his PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the former executive director of the Center for Arabic Study at the American University in Cairo and the former director of the Arabic Field School of the U.S. Department of State in Tunis, Tunisia. He travels and researches extensively throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Dr. Granara specializes in the literature and history of the Arab Mediterranean in both the medieval and modern periods. He writes extensively on Muslim Sicily, and has published numerous articles on the poetry of Ibn Hamdis, Sicily’s most celebrated Arab poet.

In addition, he lectures and writes on contemporary Arabic literature and has published translations of Egyptian and North African fiction. His translation into English of the Algerian Arabic novel The Earthquake, was published in March 2000, and the Egyptian novel Granada, in 2004. His work on literary criticism focuses on postcolonialism and cross-cultural poetics. His articles include: “Nostalgia, Arab Nationalism, and the Andalusian Chronotope in the Evolution of the Modern Arabic Novel” (2005); “Nile Crossings: Hospitality and Revenge in Egyptian Rural Narratives” (2010); and “Contesting the Mediterranean in Colonial North African Literature” (in press).

Mary Frances Pearson '74-'75

International Attorney
Retired Partner, Ernst & Young
Former Chairman of the IAU Board 2012-2018
IAU Board of Trustees Member Since 1998

Mary Frances Pearson is a former Partner of Global Public Policy at Ernst & Young (EY). In her most recent EY role, she worked with the profession to help develop policy during the recent financial crisis in the United States and in Europe. After earning her JD degree, Ms. Pearson went to work for the IRS and later held a senior level role on the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance where she helped lead the effort to draft and pass the Tax Reform Act of 1986. She joined EY's tax practice in 1987 and rose quickly to become one of the firm’s first female tax partners. As a Partner in the National Tax Practice, she consulted with clients on international tax issues. 

Ms. Pearson has her JD and MLT and has published several international tax and treaty articles for professional publications. She also volunteers for animal rescue and is an alumna of IAU (1974-75), has served on the IAU board since 1998.

Ex-Officio Members

Carl Jubran, PhD
President and Professor, IAU and ACM
IAU alumnus, 1992

Kurt Schick, MA
Dean of Admissions and Alumni Affairs, IAU and ACM

IAU Board of Trustees


Marianne Keler, JD
Keler & Kershow, PLLC


Olivier Breillot, JD, CPA
Retired Partner
Ernst & Young

Peter FitzGerald Dorman

Former President of the American University 
in Beirut, Lebanon (AUB), 2008 to 2015

Joseph Herlihy, MA, JD

General Counsel
Boston College
IAU alumnus, 1973-1974

Barbara Kafka

Treasurer, New Futures
Retired Senior Executive, World Bank

Jeffrey Malek, JD
Malek & Malek

Donald Manasse
International Attorney
IAU alumnus, 1969-1970 

Donna Manning
Vice President, Catalyst Inc. (Retired)
ACM Board Chair
IAU alumna, 1961-1962

Stephen K. Mittelstet, PhD
President Emeritus
Richland College

Bernard Pasquier
Retired Director, The World Bank Group
Independent Board Director

Mary Frances Pearson, JD
International Attorney
Retired Partner, Ernst & Young
IAU alumna, 1974-1975

Brian Proctor, MD
Associte Clinical Professor  
Loyola University Medical Center
IAU alumnus, 1984

Sanford J. Ungar, MA
Former President
Goucher College

Kurt Volker
Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO
ACM Board Member
IAU alumnus, 1984

Elizabeth Woodworth
Founder, Wood & Co. Consulting
IAU alumna, 1992

Greg Wyatt, MA
Artist & Sculptor