January 17, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Tracey Reeves
Johns Hopkins University’s Board of Trustees voted this week to renew the contract of President Ronald J. Daniels, keeping him at the helm of the nation’s first research institution for another five years.
Board chairman Jeffrey H. Aronson, announced the contract renewal, which extends Daniels’ term to 2019.
“We selected Ron Daniels as Johns Hopkins’ 14th president because we saw in him a leader who would challenge us in new ways, build upon our tremendous strengths, and develop a lasting consensus for what Johns Hopkins can, should and will be in the 21st century,” Aronson said Thursday following the board’s unanimous vote.
Daniels was elected president in November 2008 and took office the following March. He immediately laid out three themes to his presidency: fostering individual excellence, enhancing collaboration across schools and disciplines, and strengthening the university’s commitment to its communities.
“I am extremely grateful to the Board of Trustees for asking me to continue leading this extraordinary institution and for the opportunity to work with so many wonderful and talented individuals,” said Daniels. “Every day, I am inspired and humbled by the passion, dedication and commitment of our faculty and by the accomplishments of our students, staff, alumni and friends near and far. This university is built on a tradition of daring and excellence. As we embark on the next five years, it is my privilege to honor that tradition and my goal to support the women and men of Johns Hopkins as they strive for even greater impact and achievement.”
Alumnus and former board chair Michael R. Bloomberg lauded President Daniels as a visionary and courageous leader.
“He has put a premium on an innovative and multi-disciplinary approach to solving fundamental societal problems. He has reinforced the university’s capacity for tackling those problems through groundbreaking research. And he has enhanced undergraduate, graduate and professional education,” said Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City. “At the same time, he has strengthened student support to make Johns Hopkins education possible for those who might otherwise not be able to afford it.”
Under Daniels, the university has worked to make Johns Hopkins more accessible to qualified but economically disadvantaged students, increasing undergraduate financial aid 37 percent since 2009 to $68.9 million in 2013.
He has enhanced the undergraduate experience and he has strengthened the university’s commitment to communities surrounding Johns Hopkins’ campuses, investing millions in neighborhood programs and small businesses, and funding construction of the Henderson-Hopkins School Baltimore, a $43-million, K-8 facility in East Baltimore.
Since Daniels’ arrival, Johns Hopkins has more than doubled its financial commitment to the East Baltimore Development initiative. Through the Homewood Community Partnership Initiative, a collaborative venture launched two years ago, the university committed $10 million, which has leveraged another $10 million.
His work has been guided by a vision developed through conversations with members of the Johns Hopkins and Baltimore communities. That vision and the conversations led to the launch of the institution’s largest-ever fundraising campaign, Rising to the Challenge, an effort to raise $4.5 billion by 2017 to fund discovery and scholarship, advance health, identify solutions to global problems and bolster support for students and faculty.
Daniels has also focused his attention on innovation and infrastructure. He has hired an entrepreneur/investor to help university researchers bring their innovations to the commercial market. And a number of buildings have opened, including the Undergraduate Teaching Labs, the Brody Learning Commons, the Cordish Lacrosse Center and Malone Hall, a 69,000-square-foot state-of-the-art collaborative space now under construction, since he took office.
“Together, and under his leadership, we have made tremendous progress,” Aronson said. “I am confident that our future looks even brighter thanks to the continued commitment of President Daniels and the extraordinary leadership team he has assembled.”
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