Vice presidents at the George Washington University collectively oversee university's vast infrastructure, providing senior leadership and strategic vision across all aspects of GW life. Vice presidents are appointed by and report directly to the president.
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Steven Lerman
Steven Lerman joined the George Washington University as provost and executive vice president of academic affairs in 2010. As the university’s chief academic officer, he oversees the deans of GW’s 10 colleges and schools to foster academic programs that are both rigorous and relevant, with a particular emphasis on cross-disciplinary scholarship. Dr. Lerman is also responsible for such areas as student affairs, libraries, athletics, and diversity and inclusion.
Dr. Lerman holds the A. James Clark Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and is a three-time alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Executive Vice President and Treasurer Louis H. Katz
Louis H. Katz is the university's chief financial officer. He carries primary responsibility for the management of GW's financial, physical and information systems resources. He oversees strategic, operating and capital planning and budgeting. And he advises the president and the board of trustees on financial and strategic matters affecting the development and operations of the university.
Katz joined GW in 1990 as vice president and treasurer. He was promoted to executive vice president and treasurer in 2003. A long-time manager of academic institutions with medical centers, he previously spent eight years as vice president for administration and treasurer at Tulane University.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel Beth Nolan
Beth Nolan is the chief legal officer for the university. She directs all legal services for GW, providing legal counsel, preventive legal guidance and related services in support of the university's teaching and research mission.
Nolan joined GW as senior vice president and general counsel in December 2007. A former GW law professor, she returned to the university after serving as a partner in Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, D.C. From 1999 to 2001, she was counsel to President Bill Clinton, making her the first woman to serve as counsel to the president of the United States.
Vice President for External Relations Lorraine Voles
Lorraine Voles, BA '81, joined GW in February 2009 as vice president for external relations, a new position that brings communications and government relations into one division. Voles guides GW's government and community relations efforts and communicates the university's goals and accomplishments to a wide variety of constituents, both inside and outside GW.
A professional in the corporate and political communications fields, Voles most recently served as senior vice president of communications and marketing services for Fannie Mae. Prior to that, she was deputy press secretary for former President Bill Clinton, director of communications and chief spokeswoman for former Vice President Al Gore, director of communications for former U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton and press secretary for U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin.
Vice President for Research Leo M. Chalupa
Leo M. Chalupa became the university's first vice president of research on April 1, 2009. He serves as GW's chief research officer, charged with overseeing the strategic and operational development of our rapidly growing research enterprise.
An accomplished scientist and administrator, Dr. Chalupa comes to GW following a 34-year career at the University of California, Davis, most recently serving as the chair of neurobiology, physiology and behavior in the College of Biological Sciences. A distinguished professor of neurobiology and ophthalmology at UC Davis, he founded the university's Center for Neuroscience in 1992, as well as the Mind and Brain Center, the Brain Imaging Center and the Center for Visual Sciences.
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Aristide J. Collins Jr
Aristide J. Collins Jr. is vice president for Development and Alumni Relations at the George Washington University. Collins is charged with overseeing the university’s comprehensive philanthropic campaign and also has a faculty appointment as a lecturer in Higher Education Administration.
Formerly, Mr. Collins served as vice president and secretary of GW; vice president for institutional advancement and university relations at Clark Atlanta University; vice president for advancement and a faculty member at Pacific Oaks College and Children's School in Pasadena, California; director of development for university projects at the George Washington University. He also held leadership positions over ten years at California State University at Long Beach. Mr. Collins is designated a Certified Specialist in Planned Giving by the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies. He holds a master's degree in public administration from California State University, Long Beach, and a bachelor's degree in political science and Special Certificate in Educational Management from California State University, Hayward. He has completed post-graduate studies in organizational leadership at Pepperdine University.
Vice President for Human Resources Sabrina Ellis
Sabrina Ellis serves as vice president for human resources. Ms. Ellis plays an important operational, management, and strategic role, ensuring that the human resources (HR) function and its activities are professional and responsive. She leads and manages the central HR organization and provides professional guidance and direction to the HR professionals within GWs divisions.
Ms. Ellis brings to the position extensive experience in all aspects of human resources management, including managing human resources needs for academic institutions. Ms. Ellis joined the George Washington University from the City College of New York, CUNY, where she served as assistant vice president of human resources and chief human resources officer. Previously, she served as a human resources director at New York University and as a human resources analyst at Abbott Laboratories located in North Chicago, Ill.
Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Jeffrey Akman
Jeffrey S. Akman, MD, was appointed the Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) in 2013. In his capacity as vice president for health affairs, he serves as a liaison between the university and its clinical partners, including the GW Medical Faculty Associates, the GW Hospital, and the Children's National Medical Center. As dean, he leads the eleventh oldest medical school in the United States.
Dr. Akman is a graduate of the SMHS MD program and also completed his psychiatry residency at GW. He has been a GW faculty member since 1985 and has served in decanal roles, including the associate dean for student and faculty development and policies. Just prior to becoming the interim vice president for health affairs, Dr. Akman served as the Leon M. Yochelson professor and chair of the GW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (2000-2010), where he continues to teach medical students and maintain a clinical practice. Dr. Akman is a member of D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray's Commission on HIV/AIDS. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the prestigious American College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Akman has a long history of community service and has served on numerous nonprofit boards of directors for organizations like the Whitman-Walker Clinic. He has received multiple awards related to teaching, community service, and humanism in medicine and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.