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Provost Jeffrey LegroOn July 1, 2017, Jeff Legro became the Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Richmond. He is also a Professor of Political Science. 

As the chief academic officer, he is responsible for the academic mission of the University including the curriculum, research programs, academic budgets, and faculty development. He oversees the five schools, the divisions of student development, enrollment management, planning and policy, and departments of community initiatives, faculty development, international education, research, compliance, and integrity, student academic initiatives, the library, and the university registrar. 

Previously, Dr. Legro was the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Taylor Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. As Vice Provost, he led the creation of the Global Studies major, a global internship program, a new research center, UVA Global LLC, and a University office in China.  He served as chair of the Politics Department and was a co-founder and faculty associate of the Governing American in a Global Era Program at UVA’s Miller Center. He has chaired the American Political Science Association Task Force on U.S. Standing in the World and is the past president of the APSA’s International History and Politics section. He has also served as a consultant to governments and foundations. 

An expert on international affairs, Dr. Legro is the author of numerous books and articles, including Rethinking the World: Great Power Strategies and International Order. He co-edited Shaper Nations: Strategies for a Changing World, and Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11 (2011).  He has researched and taught in China, Great Britain, Germany, and Russia, and in 2011 was a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in New Delhi.

He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA and his B.A. in Russian and Economics from Middlebury College. He is married to Reverend Janet Hatfield Legro and they have two daughters, Maddie and Meg.