Edward L. Ayers
As president of the University of Richmond since 2007, Edward L. Ayers has overseen development of The Richmond Promise, an ambitious collaboration of people across the institution to establish and realize a range of strategic institutional goals. Already, implementation of the plan has resulted in record numbers of excellent applicants from around the nation and the world, recruitment of the most diverse undergraduate classes in the University’s history and notable numbers of first-generation college students, increased levels of alumni involvement and support, bold curricular innovation, enhancements to student life, and strengthened ties between the University and the city of Richmond.
A historian of the American South, Ayers maintains an active scholarly career. He teaches first-year students at UR, collaborates with the University’s Digital Scholarship Lab, and co-hosts a nationally syndicated radio show, Backstory. Prior to becoming Richmond’s President, Ayers was Dean of Arts and Sciences and Hugh P. Kelly Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He has been named National Professor of the Year and won the Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American history, among other awards. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee (summa cum laude) and holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Yale University.
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