Marshall Foundation Finds New Leader In Virginia

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Following an extensive national search, Dr. Paul A. Levengood has been selected the new president of the George C.

Marshall Foundation.

He succeeds Dr. Rob Havers, who left in January to accept a museum post in Chicago.

Levengood is currently the vice president for development at the

Virginia War Memorial Foundation in Richmond and formerly the president and CEO of the Virginia Historical Society. He will begin his new assignment in Lexington Sept. 9.

“We are fortunate to have attracted Paul Levengood whose outstanding record of accomplishment and success in the field of public history fits well with our plans at Marshall to renovate the museum and expand educational outreach,” said C. Russell Fletcher III, chairman of the Marshall Foundation board of trustees. “Paul’s exceptional skills at fundraising and managing a rich and important archive match superbly our current needs.”

During Levengood’s tenure, the Virginia Historical Society completed a $46.5 million major gifts campaign and dramatically renovated its historic headquarters building. His time at the Virginia War Memorial coincided with the most successful fundraising years in its two-decade history, including a $2.5-million capital campaign.

Upon his appointment, Levengood stated, “The George C. Marshall Foundation has a rich history of promoting awareness of one of the seminal Americans of the 20th century. The Foundation is poised to share General Marshall’s peerless legacy with new generations, in this country and the world. I am honored by the Foundation board’s confidence in me and excited to lead this important effort.”

Levengood has been a member of the editorial advisory board of the Encyclopedia Virginia since its inception and has served on several committees of the American Association of State and Local History as well as on the steering committee of the Future of Richmond’s Past. He is a past member of the board of the Richmond World Affairs Council and a past board member and president of the Rotary Club of Richmond. His book “Virginia: Catalyst of Commerce for Four Centuries” was published in 2007 and was the official quadricentennial commemorative project of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

A native of Philadelphia, Levengood received his bachelor’s degree from Davidson College in 1993, his master’s degree from Rice University in 1997, and his doctorate in history from Rice University in 1999.

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