The Robins Foundation is pleased to welcome Edward L. Ayers, Ph.D. to our Board of Directors. His term starts September 2014.
Dr. Ayers is an American historian, professor, administrator, and ninth president of the University of Richmond. He has been in that role since 2007.
During his presidency he developed The Richmond Promise, a five-year strategic plan to guide University priorities. In addition to teaching a first-year seminar, Ayers serves as a senior research fellow with the University’s Digital Scholarship Lab, which creates digital tools to reveal the patterns of American history.
Dr. Ayers is an accomplished teacher. In 2003 he was awarded the National Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
He is also a noted historian and the author of eleven books on American history. He received the National Medal for the Humanities, awarded by President Obama at the White House in the summer of 2013. He has won the Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American History as well being named a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He is president-elect of the Organization of American Historians.
Dr. Ayers also serves as a co-host of BackStory, a nationally syndicated radio show that ties history to the present day.