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Dr. Steven Lerman
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Steven Lerman became provost of the George Washington University in July 2010. Since he arrived at GW, Dr. Lerman has overseen a number of major initiatives. These include the reorganization of the university’s three schools that formerly constituted the Medical Center, detailed planning for Science and Engineering Hall, scheduled to open in 2015, and expanded research opportunities for undergraduates. Dr. Lerman, together with President Knapp, has forged a partnership with the Textile Museum, leading to the upcoming construction of a new museum on the university’s Foggy Bottom Campus. In addition, he has worked to create a stronger identity for the university’s Mount Vernon Campus, where he and his wife reside. The university recently opened a state-of-the-art academic building on this campus, which houses the University Writing Program and a portion of the Honors Program, which has been expanded since he became provost. A firm advocate of global education, Dr. Lerman has worked alongside GW’s School of Business to establish partnerships with two institutions of higher education in China. Dr. Lerman currently is leading development of a strategic plan that will guide the university over the next decade.
Dr. Lerman joined the George Washington University from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he served as vice chancellor and dean for graduate education. He brings to GW more than 35 years experience as a leader and scholar. He began his academic career at MIT as a student, earning a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering and a Ph.D. in Transportation Systems Analysis. Dr. Lerman joined the MIT faculty in1975 as assistant professor and rose through the ranks, twice serving as chair of the faculty. His awards and honors include the Advisor of the Year Award from the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students, the Maseeh Teaching Award for best departmental teacher and the Class of 1922 Distinguished Professorship at MIT. At GW, Dr. Lerman holds the A. James Clark Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering.