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Lloyd Minor Named Provost

August 21, 2009
CONTACT: Dennis O’Shea
Lloyd B. Minor has been named Provost of The Johns Hopkins University

Lloyd B. Minor has been named provost of The Johns Hopkins University

Lloyd B. Minor, a Johns Hopkins University faculty member since 1993 and director of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in the university’s School of Medicine, has been appointed provost and senior vice president of academic affairs.

Minor, who holds the endowed Andelot Professorship in Laryngology and Otology and has joint appointments in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience, will take office as the university’s 13th provost on Sept. 1.

The provost is the university’s chief academic officer and the second-ranking member of the senior administration.

“Lloyd Minor is an exceptional scholar, clinician and scientist with an outstanding record in academic leadership,” said President Ronald J. Daniels, who recommended the appointment to the executive committee of the university’s board of trustees. “He brings to university leadership a driving passion to make Johns Hopkins stronger in all its crucial dimensions: research, education and service. His passion is surpassed only by his ability to build consensus and implement ambitious, strategic priorities that are characterized by an uncompromising commitment to academic excellence.”

Minor was recruited to Johns Hopkins University in 1993 as an assistant professor and became director of his department in 2003.

“I am honored and humbled to have been chosen as the next provost, and I am enormously excited about the opportunity to serve the university in this role,” Minor said. “I look forward to forming a strong partnership with President Daniels as we work collaboratively with all of the members of the Johns Hopkins community to expand the excellence of our great institution.”

During his six-year tenure as director, the School of Medicine’s equivalent to department chair, Minor has been responsible for enhancing one of the school’s most renowned departments, Daniels said. He has worked vigorously to recruit and retain an outstanding and diverse faculty, expanded annual research funding by more than 50 percent, increased clinical activity by more than 30 percent and strengthened teaching and student training. Minor has served in other important roles in the School of Medicine, including chair of the Administrative Committee of the Medical Board and of the Practice Management Committee, and member of the Standing Committee on Discipline, the board of governors of the Clinical Practice Association and the Professorial Promotions Committee.

Minor’s record of accomplishment rests on his foundation as a gifted researcher, scientist and surgeon, Daniels said. He is known internationally for his work on the physiological processes that mediate sensing and controlling motion. With more than 110 published articles and chapters, he is most widely recognized for research on how the body perceives head motion and maintains balance. Other areas of expertise include Meniere’s disease and signal processing mechanisms in vestibular pathways. In addition to the contributions of his research to otolaryngology–head and neck surgery, his work has had impact in the fields of biomedical engineering and neuroscience.

“We are thrilled that one of our finest chairs, Lloyd Minor, is being recognized for his great accomplishments, strengths and gifts,” said Edward D. Miller, the Frances Watt Baker and Lenox D. Baker Jr. Dean of the School of Medicine and chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Indeed, his 16 years of experience at the university, his knowledge and deep affection for Johns Hopkins, his wonderful collegiality and people skills, and his willingness to go the extra mile will be invaluable for the university as it moves forward. We are all excited at the closer collaboration and forging of ties across the university that Lloyd’s appointment promises and look forward to continuing to work closely with him in his provostial role.”

Minor has long been applauded as deeply committed to teaching as well as to research, Daniels said. He has reached out repeatedly over the years to teach undergraduates from the university’s Homewood campus and is a revered teacher in the School of Medicine, the president said. Minor is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, past president of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology and past chair of the Auditory Research Study Section of the National Institutes of Health.

Minor succeeds Kristina Johnson, who had been provost since 2007 before she left this year to serve in the Obama administration as undersecretary of the Department of Energy. Scott L. Zeger, vice provost for research and a professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, will continue as interim provost through Aug. 31.

“Dr. Zeger has been overseeing two portfolios since March and I am enormously grateful to him for his support and dedication over the past few months,” Daniels said. “I am particularly appreciative for the role that he has played in coordinating the university’s emergency preparedness efforts while advancing its academic agenda in a number of areas. Dr. Minor and I look forward to continuing to work closely with Dr. Zeger on the ambitious agenda he has unleashed for university research, which include a number of exciting interdisciplinary initiatives.”

Minor earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Brown University in 1979 and 1982. He completed his surgical residency at Duke University, followed by a four-year postdoctoral research fellowship in vestibular physiology and then a residency in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at the University of Chicago. Before coming to Johns Hopkins, he was a clinical fellow at The Otology Group and the EAR Foundation in Nashville, Tenn.

Minor, 52, was born in Little Rock, Ark. He is married to Lisa Keamy, a family practice physician in Baltimore, and together they have two children, Emily, 18 and Samuel, 15.


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