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President of Johns Hopkins University: Ronald Daniels
November 18, 2008, Volume 55, No. 13

Ronald J. Daniels will be leaving his post as Provost of the University of Pennsylvania to become President of Johns Hopkins University, effective March 2, 2009. The Johns Hopkins Board of Trustees met last Tuesday and elected Provost Daniels as their 14th president.

Pamela P. Flaherty, chair of the Hopkins Board, and the Presidential Search Committee, said “he stood out in a truly remarkable field of highly qualified candidates.”

In his new role, he will oversee Johns Hopkins University’s nine academic and research divisions located on three main campuses in Baltimore, as well as campuses and satellite facilities in the Baltimore-Washington, DC area. Johns Hopkins enrolls nearly 4,400 undergraduates and some 14,000 postgraduates, and is a renowned research institution with a well-deserved reputation for excellence in both teaching and research.

“Johns Hopkins has made a wise choice. Ron is a gifted academic leader, a noted scholar, and an energetic collaborator with a passion for excellence. As Penn’s Provost for more than three years, Ron has played a prominent role in advancing our most important institutional priorities, including increasing access to Penn for students from low- and middle-income families, building our interdisciplinary programs, expanding our local and global engagements, and supporting Making History: The Campaign for Penn,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann.

She added, “Under Ron’s leadership, Penn has launched a no-loan financial aid initiative for undergraduates and significantly increased graduate student stipends; created University-wide research institutes in regenerative medicine and public health, as well as cross-disciplinary research initiatives in neuroscience, nanoscience, and translational medicine; extended our global relationships, especially with Botswana’s government and the University of Botswana in their efforts to fight HIV and AIDS; and initiated programs to increase international enrollment at Penn and to host global leaders, writers, and activists on Penn’s campus.”

Provost Daniels has implemented a range of innovative new programs at Penn for undergraduates, including Undergraduate Research Mentorships and a Civic Scholars curriculum, which combines community service and social advocacy with close faculty supervision and rigorous, specially designed courses.

He has also strengthened financial aid and support for students; expanded Penn’s family-friendly policies for graduate students and faculty; developed mid-career, junior faculty mentoring, and faculty leadership development programs; and sharpened strategies to recruit and retain outstanding women and underrepresented minorities to Penn’s faculty.

Related: Interim Provost: Vincent Price;

Penn-Made Presidents;

Speaking Out: Praising Provost Daniels

Almanac - November 18, 2008, Volume 55, No. 13