ATLANTA (AP) - Emory University provost Earl Lewis will be leaving to become the new president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
University officials made the announcement Wednesday of Lewis' election as president of the New York City-based foundation. He will remain at the university until the end of December, and start at the foundation in March 2013.
Lewis will replace Don Michael Randel, who is retiring. The foundation is known for supporting libraries, museums, higher education and performing arts.
Lewis has been the provost at Emory since 2004. He previously worked at the University of Michigan.
Lewis has been an author or co-editor of seven books and was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008.