Provost Stearns’ Appointment Extended

Posted: September 10, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Peter Stearns
Peter Stearns
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Mason President Alan Merten announced Tuesday that Peter Stearns’ appointment as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs has been extended through June 2013.

In making his announcement, which he termed “an honor and privilege,” Merten said, “Peter is a world-renowned scholar and an outstanding teacher. Of equal importance to the Mason community is that he is an outstanding academic administrator and leader. We are very fortunate to have him at George Mason.”

Stearns was first appointed provost in January 2000. Prior to joining Mason, he served as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University for eight years.

He first joined Carnegie Mellon in 1974 as its Heinz Professor of History. Stearns served in a number of capacities at Carnegie Mellon, including director of the graduate program in applied history/social science, coordinator of the PhD program in social and urban history, director of the core course in world history and the European studies program, coordinator of the Elderhostel program and head of the history department.

Stearns’ career in higher education began in 1961 when he served for two years as a teaching fellow at Harvard University. Between 1963 and 1969, he taught history at several other institutions of higher learning, including the University of Chicago, Northwestern University and Rutgers University. From 1969 to 1974, Stearns served as chair of the Rutgers New Brunswick Department of History.

He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Harvard University.

A prolific author and member of Mason’s Department of History and Art History faculty, Stearns had his 100th book published last year.

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