Arts & Sciences
dean to step down next year
P. Leffler, dean of the University's College
and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, announced this week
that he will resign, effective Aug. 25, 2001, to prepare for taking
a visiting Harmsworth Professorship in American History at Oxford
will take up the prestigious one-year post at Oxford in the fall
of 2002. During the intervening year, Leffler, a noted Cold War
historian, will conduct the academic research necessary for his
I have mixed feelings about leaving the dean's office," said
Leffler, who has held the post since September 1997, "it
is a great honor to have won the Harmsworth, and I am delighted
by the opportunity it presents at this moment in my academic career."
Leffler plans to return to the U.Va. history faculty at the conclusion
of his Oxford appointment.
Leffler has made important contributions as both professor and
dean," said U.Va. President John T. Casteen III. "His
work to bring the College into a new era of excellence is as important
to the future of this University as his analysis of the Cold War
will be to those who study with him at Oxford and, ultimately,
again at U.Va."
deanship has been marked by notable achievements in the College,
the core of the University's undergraduate academic program. "There
is more scholarship, more creativity, more innovative teaching,
and more intelligent dialogue than ever before," Leffler
said. "And despite insufficient funding, our humanities and
social science programs still excel, our fine and performing arts
programs have improved greatly, and our science departments have
made noteworthy progress.
take great pride in our collective accomplishments."
Leffler has raised unprecedented amounts of money from private
sources. During his three years as dean, private contributions
to Arts & Sciences have topped $90 million. Since 1995, the College
has raised nearly $150 million, almost doubling the $76 million
goal established for Arts & Sciences at the start of the University's
seven-year capital campaign.
Leffler credits the school's graduates for great loyalty. "Our
alumni," he said, "have been unbelievably generous and
supportive. Their ardor and commitment have been inspiring, and
their work to establish the College Foundation this year has been
a highlight of my deanship."
the Edward R. Stettinius Professor of History, joined the faculty
in 1986, after teaching at Vanderbilt. He chaired U.Va.'s Corcoran
Department of History from 1990 to 1995.
One of the country's leading authorities on modern U.S. foreign
relations, he won the Bancroft Prize for his book A Preponderance
of Power in 1993.
was a senior fellow at the Nobel Peace Institute in Oslo during
1993 and 1998, where he lectured on the Cold War. He served as
president of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations
In 1990, he was a member of the U.S. delegation to a joint Soviet-American
symposium on the Cold War in Moscow and Washington. He served
in the office of the Secretary of Defense during the Carter years,
where he worked on arms control, confidence-building measures,
and contingency planning as a fellow of the Council on Foreign
search for Leffler's successor will begin this fall.
& Sciences encompasses 25 academic departments and divisions,
23 academic and research centers, and 16 interdisciplinary programs.
Enrollment totals some 9,000 undergraduate students annually and
more than 1,800 graduate students. There are approximately 735
Arts & Sciences faculty members.