Steven Lerman

Dr. Steven Lerman

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Address: Rice Hall


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, and expanded research opportunities for undergraduates.

A New Era

Dr. Lerman, together with President Knapp, has forged a partnership with The Textile Museum, leading to the upcoming construction of a new museum building 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. A firm advocate of global education, Dr. Lerman is developing GW's academic presence in China and elsewhere.

Planning for the Future

In 2012, Dr. Lerman launched a collaborative planning process to develop a 10-year, transformational strategic plan. This planning stage included over 90 forums across the university. Vision 2021, unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees in May 2013, reflects the ideas of trustees, faculty, students, staff, and alumni.


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 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.