Message from the Provost

Provost Steven Lerman announces Paul Berman to serve as vice provost for online education and academic innovation.

November 12, 2012

It is with pleasure that I announce that Paul Berman, currently dean of the George Washington University Law School, will join my staff as vice provost for online education and academic innovation effective January 15, 2013. I have asked Dean Berman to take on this new challenge as part of the university‚Äôs efforts to realize the great promise of online and hybrid education. This new position will help us develop strategies for how to utilize new technologies to create innovative and effective programs for our students. 

During his tenure as dean, he has helped build strong ties between the Law School and the other schools by exploring new programs in key areas such as government contracting and intellectual property law. He has also developed stronger links to the members of the Law School's national advisory councils. Throughout his career, Dean Berman has distinguished himself as a driver and champion of innovation, and I look forward to him bringing that creativity and entrepreneurial spirit to this newly created role. 

While he will resign as dean effective January 15 to accept this new opportunity, I am pleased that he will continue to serve as a tenured member of the Law School faculty as Manatt/Ahn Professor of Law. Please join me in congratulating him and welcoming him to this new position. I will be working with President Knapp on a leadership transition plan for the Law School in the weeks ahead.   


Steven Lerman
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
The George Washington University