Provost Peggy Agouris sent the following message to the campus community on Feb. 22, 2022 – Ed.

Dear William & Mary community,

I write with mixed feelings to announce that Steve Hanson, Vice Provost for Academic and International Affairs, will be leaving his position in the William & Mary administration to accept a great opportunity to be a Visiting Scholar at Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies during the 2022-23 academic year. Though we will miss him at William & Mary, I congratulate Steve for this honor. 

At Harvard, Steve will work on a book about the causes of global regime change, as well as contributing to current debates about Russian relations with Europe and the West. He then will be welcomed back to the William & Mary faculty as the Lettie Pate Evans Professor of Government.

I want to thank Steve for his many contributions to William & Mary during more than a decade of service he devoted as a member of the university’s leadership. Since his arrival in Williamsburg in August 2011, he has been a stalwart supporter of all things international at W&M, directing the Reves Center for International Studies from 2011-2021, supporting the growth of the Global Research Institute and Whole of Government Center of Excellence on National Security, and promoting strong partnerships between our university and partners around the globe.  

Steve’s commitment to William & Mary has furthered the university’s reach and helped provide our students with some of the most important components of a truly global education. For many years, William & Mary has been within the top five universities in study abroad, with well over half of our undergraduates studying outside of the country at some point in their university careers. This, along with the Reves Center and additional offerings, are testaments to Steve’s continued engagement and his expanded vision of William & Mary’s borders. I wish him great success as he returns to his academic career and know he will make great contributions in the future.

Steve’s last day as vice provost will be June 30, 2022. We plan to conduct a national search for his successor. You can read more about Professor Hanson and his many accomplishments in this W&M News article.