Edward L. Ayers (1974) is president of the University of Richmond (Va.). From 2001 until 2007, Ayers was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia. In 2003, he was the U.S. professor of the year. Ayers has written or edited nine books, one of which was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He is a Civil War scholar.