Edward Ayers: Named president of the U. of Richmond





The Board of Trustees of the University of Richmond has elected Edward L. Ayers, currently Buckner W. Clay Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, to be the institution’s ninth president. Ayers will take office effective July 1, 2007.

“This is a great day for the University of Richmond. Ed Ayers is an outstanding teacher, a distinguished scholar and a proven leader with a vision and passion for making the University of Richmond the best it can be,” said George W. Wellde Jr., Rector of the University.

Ayers earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in American Studies at Yale. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship. In 2003, he was named the U.S. Professor for Doctoral and Research Universities by the Carnegie Foundation. One of the nation’s leading scholars on the American Civil War, Ayers has authored or edited nine books, one of which was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He has served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Virginia since 2001....

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