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Johns Hopkins Dean Named Provost at UMass Amherst

April 24, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Dennis O’Shea
443-997-9912

Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels sent the following email message to students, faculty and staff today to announce the appointment of Katherine Newman, the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, as provost of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to inform you that Katherine Newman has been named the next provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. UMass’s gain is truly our loss.

Katherine Newman

Dr. Newman, the James B. Knapp Dean of our Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, will take over this summer as chief academic officer of the commonwealth’s flagship public university campus. She will oversee education, research and scholarship throughout UMass Amherst, with responsibility for 10 schools and colleges. Also reporting to her will be a wide range of academic support units, including the libraries and fine arts center, undergraduate advising, admissions and financial aid, undergraduate research and international programs.

Since her arrival at Johns Hopkins in 2010, Dean Newman has brought us innovative ideas, boundless energy and unflagging faith in the potential of the Krieger School.

Early in her tenure, Katherine spearheaded the development of a strategic plan, steeped in external benchmarking and frank self-assessment, which has since guided the priorities of the school. She has expanded the Arts and Sciences faculty and improved faculty support through enhanced research leave and programs such as the Academy at Johns Hopkins, which broadens opportunities for emeriti professors to remain engaged and connected with the university.

With imagination and a desire to elevate arts within the undergraduate curriculum, Katherine has helped to expand our relationship with MICA and build a new creative presence in Station North. She also has overseen the opening of the new Undergraduate Teaching Laboratories, supported innovative teaching through the provost’s Gateway Sciences Initiative and boosted opportunities for independent undergraduate scholarship through the new Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards.

She has bolstered graduate education and enhanced the humanities. A leader in advancing cross-disciplinary collaboration at our university, she has invested considerable time and effort in the launch of the Bloomberg Distinguished Professorships initiative and the new Institute for the American City.

Katherine also opened her home in an extraordinary way, inviting students and faculty to her table dozens of times each year. These welcoming meals – more than 100 over four years – provided a new forum for students and faculty to come together and engage in important conversations around critical issues, the quintessence of what it means to be part of a probing academic community.

And, in apparent defiance of the usual human need for sleep, Katherine has maintained an active scholarly life. A sociologist and expert on the lives of the working poor, she has published three books during her Johns Hopkins years.

My deepest thanks go to Katherine for her many contributions to our university; I will be watching her new work at UMass with great anticipation. The UMass announcement of her appointment is available online here.
Provost Lieberman and I will consult with Krieger School and university leadership and faculty and expect to announce soon the appointment of an interim dean. We also will work expeditiously to launch a search for the next dean of the Krieger School; details will be forthcoming.

Sincerely,

Ronald J. Daniels


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