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The College of William & Mary is looking to Northern Virginia for its next academics chief.

President Katherine Rowe announced Tuesday that Peggy Agouris, the current dean of George Mason University’s College of Science, will be the university’s next provost, assuming approval from the William & Mary board of visitors this week.

“Dr. Agouris brings an enormous breadth of experience as a teacher, scholar, researcher and administrator,” Rowe, the university’s first female president, said in a statement. “She will be an extraordinary provost, and we are thrilled to welcome her to campus.”

Agouris will succeed Michael Halleran, who announced in September 2018 that he’s stepping down from his role as provost — a position he’s held for a decade — and returning to teaching as a classical studies scholar who focuses on Greek tragedy.

A native of Athens, Greece, Agouris has been dean of the George Mason College of Science since 2013. The school is home to about 4,000 students and 700 faculty members. Agouris also serves as the director of the Center for Earth Observing and Space Research at GMU.

Now Agouris will be William & Mary’s second female chief academic officer. Gillian Cell, the first, served in the role from 1993 through 2003.

“It is an exciting time to join William & Mary and I very much look forward to working with President Rowe and so many talented colleagues on campus to generate the community’s road map for William & Mary’s exceptional and distinctive educational experience,” she said in a statement.

Agouris taught at the University of Maine before going to George Mason. She’s an alumna of the National Technical University of Athens and Ohio State University.

Vice Provost Ann Marie Stock led the search committee for the new provost and said in a statement that Agouris will be “an extraordinary partner for our president, board and senior leadership in guiding our university into the future.”

Agouris will assume the role July 1.

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Justin Mattingly covers K-12 schools and higher education. A northern New York native and a Syracuse University alumnus, he's worked at the RTD since 2017. You can follow him on Twitter at @jmattingly306.

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