UMW Welcomes New Provost

Proven champion of liberal arts joins the UMW team

In his new position as University of Mary Washington provost – chief academic administrator – longtime educator and

Jonathan Levin
Photo courtesy of Drew University

administrator Jonathan Levin will:

  • Oversee enrollment management, academic programming, and faculty matters.
  • Lead teaching and research initiatives.
  • Work with the UMW Strategic Resource Allocation Task Force.

And that’s just for starters.

Levin will draw on more than 20 years’ experience in higher education at public and private institutions. Most recently, he was dean of the Drew University College of Liberal Arts, where he helped increase underrepresented minorities and boost the mean GPA of incoming students. He also worked to integrate the New Jersey school’s strategic plan, which emphasized the expansion of global, civic, and professional Jonathan Levin Becky Starling of Preservation Virginia and Rob Orrison (in green) of Prince William County Public Works present a check to UMW’s Michael Spencer, assistant professor of historic preservation, and Torre Meringolo (far right), vice president for advancement and university relations. The money will fund the Milton Grigg Northern Virginia APVA Scholarship for historic preservation majors.
engagement opportunities for students.

Before Drew, Levin was professor and dean at Purchase College in New York. He was professor of English at Columbia University, where he directed the master’s degree program, and at Fordham University, where he chaired the English department and was acting director of American studies. Levin’s specialties include 19th- and 20th-century American literature and culture, and literature and the environment.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and French from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, a master’s degree in English from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University.
Levin replaced Ian Newbould, who served as interim provost from April 2012 through June 2013. Levin is UMW’s second full-time provost; Jay Harper, appointed by then-President Judy Hample in 2009, was the first.