Edward L. Ayers: New President Sworn In At U Of Richmond

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The University of Richmond has inaugurated its ninth president in the school's 176-year history.

Edward L. Ayers, a noted historian of the American South, recounted on Friday the university's history before outlining his goals for the school, which included a renewed focus on diversity, affordability, and improving its relationship with the city.

The former dean at the University of Virginia, who took the president's job on July 1, won a Bancroft Prize in 2004 for his book about the Civil War. He has also been a finalist for the National Book Award and Pultizer Prize.

Harvard University President Drew Gilpen Faust - a Civil War historian, professor of history and close friend of Ayers - offered opening remarks. Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder and state Secretary of Education Thomas Morris were also in attendance.

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