Current senior vice provost for academic affairs and planning named interim successor for Provost Steven Lerman.
By James Irwin
Forrest Maltzman, the George Washington University’s senior vice provost for academic affairs and planning, will serve as the interim successor to Provost Steven Lerman, the university announced Wednesday.
The announcement of Dr. Maltzman’s appointment comes less than three weeks after Dr. Lerman announced that he will step down from his administrative role in December and join the faculty in the School of Engineering and Applied Science following a sabbatical. George Washington President Steven Knapp said he will work closely with Drs. Lerman and Maltzman this fall on the transition before launching a national search for Dr. Lerman’s permanent successor.
“Forrest Maltzman very effectively managed our last university-wide accreditation process and, after joining the Provost’s Office, played a key role in the development of our strategic plan,” Dr. Knapp said. “His appointment as interim provost will ensure that our implementation of the plan continues to advance through this interim period.”
Dr. Knapp went on to praise the accomplishments of Dr. Lerman, who has served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs since 2010.
Dr. Maltzman began his career at GW in 1993 as an assistant professor of political science, became a tenured member of the faculty in 1998, and served as chair of the department of political science from 2008-2011. He joined the provost’s office as senior vice provost for academic affairs and planning in 2011. In this role his responsibilities have included academic space planning for all GW campuses, overseeing enrollment management, and furthering the university’s cross-disciplinary initiatives.