On August 1, 1996, Donald R. Lehman was appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs and thereby serves as the University's chief academic officer. He joined the faculty of the University in 1972 as Assistant Professor of Physics and became Associate Professor in 1976 and Professor in 1982. Dr. Lehman was the University's Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies for three years prior to his current appointment. He has served as Chair of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary program in Environmental Sciences (1974-81), as Director of the Physics Department Graduate Program (1980-85), as Deputy Chair of the Physics Department (1986-7), and Chair of the Physics Department (1987-93). From 1990-1993 he was the founding Director of the University's Center for Nuclear Studies.
Prior to joining the faculty of GW, Dr. Lehman served six years as an officer in the USAF where his last four years were spent as a Project Scientist in the Nuclear Physics Division of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Washington, DC). He then spent a two-year period at the University writing his Ph.D. dissertation while serving the last year and a half as an Instructor in Physics. After completion of his degree in 1970, he received a two-year appointment as a National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Radiation Physics Division of the National Bureau of Standards.
Dr. Lehman's scholarly work has been in the field of theoretical nuclear
physics and he has authored and co-authored more than 90 published refereed
papers in journals, edited books, and conference proceedings. He
was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1988 for his fundamental
contributions to the theory of few-body nuclei. Currently, he serves
as member of the executive committee of the Southeastern University Research
Association Board of Trustees. Dr. Lehman earned a BA in Physics
from Rutgers University in 1962, an MS (with distinction) in Space Physics
from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1964, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical
Physics from GW in 1970.