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UMW chooses new provost


The University of Mary Washington announced today that Jonathan Levin has been selected as provost of the school.

Levin comes to UMW from Drew University in New Jersey, where he has been the dean of the college of liberal arts since 2008. Before working at Drew University he was the dean of humanities at Purchase College in New York. He taught literature there during his time as dean, and previously taught literature at Columbia and Fordham universities.

According to a release from UMW,  as provost “Levin will serve as the chief academic officer at UMW and will be responsible for oversight of all academic programs, academic planning and budgets and faculty matters. Working with the deans and the faculty, the provost provides leadership of major university initiatives in teaching, research and creative activities and has responsibility for all university educational and academic policies. He also will oversee enrollment management. Levin will begin work on June 25, 2013.”

President Rick Hurley said in the release, “ “I am extremely pleased that Dr. Levin has agreed to come to UMW. His background and experience will be a tremendous asset as we move the institution forward.”

Ian Newbould has served as interim provost since last April, when provost Jay Harper vacated the position.

Harper held the job for three years.