Message from the President

Welcome! We are excited to serve as Co-Presidents of AARS and continue the work of the esteemed Presidents who have kept the AARS thriving since its inception in 1907.

Today, we have a membership of almost 2,300 Scholars elected from, or currently living in, the USA. Our mission is to bring Rhodes Scholars in America together in support of the Rhodes Scholarships, Oxford University, and the qualities of scholarship, leadership, and service that underlie the scholarship.

Among the many activities the AARS undertakes, we publish a highly acclaimed journal, The American Oxonian, organize and promote reunions and events, host events for Scholars departing for Oxford (Bon Voyage Weekend) and upon their return (Welcome Home Weekend), and administer charitable trusts supporting Oxford University as well as the distinguished Eastman Professorship at Oxford.

Some of our more recent initiatives include supporting the Rhodes Scholars Fund for Scholars in Residence facing personal hardships, and building the AARS Speakers Bureau, which showcases Rhodes Scholars who are leaders in their given fields. AARS has also recently created the Urgency of Now Task Force to spearhead programs aimed at addressing systemic racism and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, including an Ambassador’s program that does outreach to students and faculty at Historically Black Colleges & Universities.

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Janice Ugaki
ID & St. Antony's 1993
Nnenna Lynch
NY & St. John's 1993