Donald Leo is the new executive vice president and provost for Ohio University

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — Ohio University has named a new executive vice president and provost.

Donald Leo comes to Ohio University from the University of Georgia, where in 2013 he was named the first permanent dean of the College of Engineering.

Donald Leo
Donald Leo. [Photo provided by Ohio University]
He previously served as associate dean for research and graduate studies at the Virginia Tech College of Engineering.

Leo taught mechanical engineering at both schools.

In conjunction with his position at Virginia Tech, Leo served as a program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a unit of the Department of Defense, where he created programs in the field of biologically inspired materials and systems and managed a portfolio of approximately $50 million in interdisciplinary research.

His research focuses on smart materials, and he has served as principal investigator on 50 research grants and contracts with approximately $12 million in outside funding.

Leo holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

He will start at Ohio University on July 1, replacing Elizabeth Sayrs, who has held the position since 2020.