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MIT official tapped as GWU provost

Steven Lerman, vice chancellor and dean for graduate education at MIT, has been tapped as provost of George Washington University, and second-in-command behind President Steven Knapp.

Lerman will assume the job of provost and executive vice president for academic affairs July 1. He will also be the A. James Clark professor of civil and environmental engineering.

"Dr. Lerman understands George Washington's aspirations, its unique position in Washington and the world and its extraordinary opportunities," Knapp said in a release.

Lerman began at MIT as a student, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering and a Ph.D. in transportation systems analysis. He joined the faculty in 1975 and rose through the ranks, serving as vice chancellor since 2008.

He replaces Donald Lehman, executive vice president for academic affairs, who has served GWU for 38 years.

From the university release:

"As part of a reorganization, Dr. Lerman will serve as the chief academic officer for George Washington's nine colleges and will oversee all programs and offices associated with student life on campus. This change will bring GW in line with practice at most universities today, where the role of provost, who acts as second-in-command and serves as president in the president's absence, is held by the chief academic officer. This management change establishes a single point of accountability, immediately below the president, for all academic and student-related programs."

By Daniel de Vise  |  March 3, 2010; 10:51 PM ET
Categories:  Administration  | Tags: Administration, George Washington University  
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