Ian D.C. Newbould has been named to the position of interim provost of the University of Mary Washington. Newbould’s career in higher education spans more than 30 years, and includes presidencies at three institutions. Most recently, he served as president of Richmond, the American International University in London, U.K., from 2008-2011.
Newbould will serve as the chief academic officer of the University of Mary Washington and will be responsible for oversight of all academic programs, academic planning and budgets and faculty matters. Working with the deans and the faculty, the provost provides leadership of major university initiatives in teaching, research and creative activities and has responsibility for all university educational and academic policies. Newbould will begin work on April 16 and will serve through the 2012-2013 academic year. The University of Mary Washington contracted for Newbould’s services through the Registry of College and University Presidents, the nation’s premier interim placement service for senior university administrators.
“Dr. Newbould is an accomplished educator and administrator whose breadth of experience and international expertise will help bolster our academic programs and commitment to excellence,” said President Richard V. Hurley. “He will provide valuable leadership as the university prepares for reaccreditation next year.”
Newbould served as president of Richmond, a private overseas American university, for three years, during which time he worked to foster the relationship with the institution’s accrediting agency and strengthen academic programs. Richmond, with a mainly undergraduate focus, enrolls around 1,000 students from 140 countries. Approximately 30 percent of the students are American.
Prior to Richmond, Newbould spent seven years as president of North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount, N.C. While at the private institution, Newbould headed the reaccreditation process with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and addressed financial and governance issues.
Newbould also has served as president and vice-chancellor of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada. Mount Allison is a primarily undergraduate public university, with a 2,500 student enrollment. It has consistently ranked as Canada’s number one undergraduate university in the Maclean’s annual university survey, which is Canada’s equivalent to the U.S. News and World Report survey. He also served as chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and vice president and professor at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada.
A dual citizen of Canada and the United Kingdom, Newbould earned a bachelor of arts in history degree from the University of Western Ontario, a master of arts in history from the University of Guelph and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Manchester. Newbould was a visiting fellow at Wolfson College of the University of Oxford from 1979 to 1980 and a visiting professor at Hokkaigakuen University in Japan in 1981
Newbould is the author of the book “Whiggery and Reform 1830-1841: The Politics of Government,” as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals on 19th-century British politics and societal issues.