About Us

Jeff Legro

Jeffrey W. Legro


Jeff Legro is 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 and planning and policy, and departments of equity and community initiatives, faculty development, international education, research, and the library.

In his time as provost, the University of Richmond has recruited an increasingly diverse set of faculty members and two excellent deans of the two largest schools. He has overseen an array of new initiatives including the Faculty Fellows program, cross-university efforts on data analytics/data science, inclusive pedagogy, the founding of the Faculty Hub, the Program on Academic Leadership, Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, and external reviews for all academic departments and offices. He has worked closely with faculty and administrators on curricular initiatives such as Africana studies, health studies, and the first major reform in general education at UR in 30 years.

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, a pan-university research project in India, UVA Global LLC, and a university office in China.   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. 

A specialist 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.  He has researched and taught in China, Great Britain, Germany, Russia, and India.

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

Linda Boland

Dr. Linda Boland, Associate Provost for Faculty



Primary Responsibilities

  • Faculty Hiring, Credentialing, and Advancement
  • Faculty Enrichment Programs
  • Faculty Awards and Recognition
  • Primary Liaison for Research Compliance
  • Faculty Work/ Life Balance
Carol Parish

Dr. Carol Parish, Associate Provost for Academic Integration



Primary Responsibilities

  • Undergraduate Student Initiatives and High Impact Practices
  • Integrate the Academic Experience Across the Curriculum, Among Schools, and in Co-Curricular Affairs
  • Academic Program Reviews
  • Interdisciplinary Programs Across Schools
  • Strengthening and Building Academic Programs
Brittany Taylor Schaal

Brittany Taylor Schaal, Director of Operations



Primary Responsibilities

  • Provost Office Communications
  • Operations and Administration
  • Coordinate Between Provost & President’s Office
  • Staff the Board of Trustees Committee on Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management Committee
  • Manage Administrative Personnel
Janet Groessler

Janet Groessler, Executive Assistant to EVP and Provost



Primary Responsibilities

  • Provost’s Calendar
  • Faculty Senate
  • Tenure and Promotion Management
  • Website Management
  • Listserv Management
  • Events
Rose Nicholson

Rose Nicholson, Project Specialist



Primary Responsibilities

  • Support Associate Provost for Faculty
  • Support Associate Provost for Academic Integration
  • Events
  • Student Commencement Awards
  • Grant Request Administrative Management