Dear Friends of the School,
As many of you know, I will be leaving the deanship of the Krieger School this summer to assume the presidency at Lafayette College. The decision to accept the position was not an easy one, but was based on the exceptional challenges and opportunities of the new role, not the least of which is the possibility of exercising leadership nationally on many of the educational issues about which I am most passionate.
Shortly after I announced my departure, Adam Falk, who had served as dean of faculty for nearly three years, was named interim dean, and he and I have worked closely over the past several months to ensure a smooth transition. He is an extraordinarily talented administrator and is well equipped to continue the initiatives set forth during my tenure; he and I have worked together on all aspects of the school since I asked him to join me in the Dean's Office in 2002. You can read more about Adam in the news section of this issue.
After spending 16 years in various capacities at Hopkins, I leave with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the opportunities provided to me here, first as student, then as faculty member, administrator, and dean. What distinguishes Johns Hopkins above all other universities, in my view-and certainly it was at the heart of my experience here-is its singular focus on excellence. One is constantly challenged to do his or her best work, whether as student or faculty member. As dean, I have had a unique view of this institution full of outstanding achievements and dedicated individuals. In continually striving for excellence, we make each other better.
My own contribution within these pages reflects the perspective I've developed over my years here and some insights into several of the challenges ahead for the Krieger School. Whereas these challenges are real, as I hope those pages make clear, Johns Hopkins-and the Krieger School in particular-are uniquely well positioned to meet them and remain one of the great universities in the American landscape.
It has been a great privilege to serve as the James B. Knapp dean. I look forward to continuing my relationship with the Krieger School as an active alumnus.
Daniel Weiss, MA '82, PhD '92
James B. Knapp Dean