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Robert Colvin

Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education

Dr. Robert Colvin

Dr. Colvin's responsibilities include international programs and study abroad, Center for Community Engagement, Center for Effective Teaching, faculty evaluation processes, and the Pre-Law Program. He concurrently serves as dean of the Honors Program and dean of interdisciplinary studies. This is his 21st year at Christopher Newport.

He previously served for seven years as dean of the College of Social Sciences, encompassing American studies, anthropology, communication, economics; environmental studies, geography, political science, leadership studies, military science, social work, sociology, and U.S. national security studies. He simultaneously served for five years as dean of the AACSB-accredited Luter School of Business from May 2010 until July 2015.

Colvin served five years as the founding chair of the Department of Leadership and American Studies. He and a colleague authored much of the original curriculum and courses in leadership studies at CNU. His publications and college teaching have focused on leadership and government. He taught in CNU’s program at Oxford University and at a global leadership program in Rome, Italy. In summer of 2017 and summer 2018, he taught leadership courses at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in Chengdu. He has presented at scholarly conferences around the world, and was voted as Professor of the Year at CNU in 2005. He served as chair of the board of the Journal of Leadership Education.

Colvin served in the Virginia governor’s office at the cabinet level, was executive director of the Virginia legislature’s State Crime Commission, was commissioner of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and headed Virginia’s Office of Consumer Affairs. He is a FAA-licensed airplane pilot.

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