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Vice Chancellor and Dean for Graduate Education Steven R. Lerman ’72 will leave at the end of this academic year for George Washington University, where he will be Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Lerman served as the first director of Project Athena, was the chair of the faculty, and as the vice chancellor played a key role in the Institute’s heavy budget cuts in response to the recent economic downturn.

He first came to MIT four decades ago, in 1969, and received his undergraduate degree in 1972 in Course I (civil and environmental engineering) and a master’s and PhD, also in Course I.

The move was announced on Wednesday afternoon by the MIT News Office at http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2010/lerman-provost-gw.html.