Johns Hopkins University

Fall 2008
Vol. 6, No.1


Celebrating MacArthur Honors

>New Hopkins President Elected

An "Exceptional" Season for Faculty Hiring

Student Voices

AAP Goes Global

Enriching Academics

Villa Spelman 2.0

Homewood Happenings

Faculty Awards


A Momentous Move-Out, Temporary Digs

By the Numbers

Homewood Art Workshops

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New Hopkins President Elected

Ronald J. Daniels, provost at the University of Pennsylvania, succeeds William R. Brody and will take the helm March 2

Ronald J. Daniels, the provost and chief academic officer of the University of Pennsylvania, will be the next president of the Johns Hopkins University. Daniels, 49, will succeed William R. Brody, who announced earlier this year that he would step down after 12 years as president.

Brody had originally planned to depart Dec. 31 but now will remain president through February. He was recently named the next president of the Salk Institute in California, an independent organization with a scientific staff of more than 850 dedicated to research in molecular biology and genetics, neurosciences, and plant biology.

After the trustees' meeting on Nov. 11, Daniels was introduced to the Johns Hopkins community in open forums on the Homewood campus and in East Baltimore. Daniels, a distinguished legal scholar, will have a tenured faculty appointment in the Department of Political Science.

"I am absolutely delighted by the appointment of Ron Daniels, and especially pleased that his academic home will be in Arts and Sciences," says James B. Knapp Dean Adam Falk. "I look forward to sharing with President Daniels the school's many accomplishments and illuminating for him our vision for the future. I am confident he will lead the entire university to ever greater heights, building on the extraordinary work of President Bill Brody over the past 12 years."

Before becoming Penn's provost in 2005, Daniels spent a decade as dean of the faculty of law and James M. Tory Professor of Law at the University of Toronto. At Penn, he is credited with strengthening faculty recruitment, promoting interdisciplinary scholarship, and increasing support for undergraduate and graduate education. At the University of Toronto, Daniels doubled the size of the law school's faculty and oversaw an increase in endowment from $1 million to $57 million.

Daniels earned an LLM from Yale University and a JD and BA from the University of Toronto. The author of numerous books and scholarly articles, his latest book is Rule of Law Reform and Development: Charting the Fragile Path of Progress, with Michael J. Trebilcock (Elgar Press, 2008).

Daniels and his wife, Joanne Rosen, a human rights lawyer, are the parents of four teenagers. The family will make Nichols House—the presidential residence on the Homewood campus—their home in Baltimore.