Take Visiting Post at Oxford: U.Va. Dean of Arts & Sciences
Melvyn P. Leffler to Step Down Next Year
29, 2000 -- Melvyn
P. Leffler, dean of the University of Virginia's College
and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, announced today
that he will resign, effective August 25, 2001, in preparation for
accepting the prestigious visiting Harmsworth Professorship in American
history at Oxford University.
will take up his 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 Oxford assignment.
Until his departure as dean next August, he will devote full attention
to the Arts & Sciences deanship, which he has held since September
I have mixed feelings about leaving the dean's office," Leffler
said, "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
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
course, I alone am not responsible for these efforts, but I take
great pride in our collective accomplishments."
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
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."
is the Edward R. Stettinius Professor of History at U.Va. He joined
the faculty in 1986, after teaching at Vanderbilt, and 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
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 1994.
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 Relations.
search for Leffler's successor will begin this fall.
& Sciences at the University of Virginia 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.
Louise Dudley, (804) 924-1400