Dr. Robert Strong, William Lyne Wilson Professor of Politics in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics at Washington and Lee University, has been named Associate Provost at the University effective July 1, 2008.
As associate provost, Strong will help to coordinate the many programs and initiatives that cut across school lines, including faculty and student development grants; implementation of W&L's new Academic Life program; Advising Task Force recommendations; and reviews of the Faculty Handbook, the committee system, and structural support for interdisciplinary programs.
He will also be the director of the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity, with responsibility for coordinating the annual lecture-symposium series, student internships, and the post-enrollment program for Johnson Scholars.
"Bob brings solid credentials and deep institutional memory to the associate provost position," said W&L Provost June R. Aprille. "His many years of service as department chair and on key committees that cross school boundaries have earned him the respect of colleagues and the experience needed to be effective in this new role."
Strong came to Washington and Lee in the fall of 1989 after spending a year working on Capitol Hill as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Before moving to Lexington, he taught political science and international relations at Tulane University and the University College of Wales.
While head of the politics department at W&L from 1989 to 2005, Strong served on the Advisory committee and on major committees reviewing the transition to co-education and general education requirements in the undergraduate curriculum.
A graduate of Kenyon College, Strong received his M.A. from Northern Illinois University and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His research involves the presidency and modern American foreign policy; his published work includes articles on arms control and books on Henry Kissinger, Jimmy Carter and a recently completed second edition of Decisions and Dilemmas: Case Studies in Presidential Foreign Policymaking (M. E. Sharpe).