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Engineering Dean Appointed as Penn State’s Provost

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April 19, 2013
CONTACT: Dennis O’Shea

Ronald J. Daniels, president of The Johns Hopkins University, sent the following message to members of the university faculty and staff on Friday, April 19, announcing that Nicholas P. Jones, dean of the Whiting School of Engineering, will be leaving to accept a position as executive vice president and provost of The Pennsylvania State University.

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

Nicholas P. Jones

Good news often comes with a downside, and this is one of those times.

The good news: The Pennsylvania State University has just announced that our own Nicholas P. Joneshas been appointed Penn State’s executive vice president and provost.

The bad news, of course: To accept this outstanding opportunity, Dr. Jones will leave his position as the first Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering on June 30. Johns Hopkins will miss him greatly.

Penn State is one of our great public universities, and the provost is its chief academic officer, reporting directly to the president and acting as chief executive officer in the president’s absence.

A provost, among many other things, brings different parts of a university together, combining their expertise in pursuit of excellence. As dean since 2004, Nick Jones has been adept at finding and promoting collaborative opportunities within the Whiting School and across divisions; he has been particularly skillful in navigating past obstacles and in converting opportunities into accomplishments.

Just a few examples established during his tenure: the Institute for NanoBioTechnology; the Institute for Computational Medicine; the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics; the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute; the Environment, Energy, Sustainability and Health Institute; the Global Water Program; and the Systems Institute. The Whiting School also is playing a leadership role with the schools of Medicine and Public Health in establishing the Johns Hopkins Individualized Health Initiative.

Nick Jones will leave the Whiting School in wonderful shape. He has built a strong and capable leadership team, and together they have done an outstanding job of recruiting and retaining faculty members of the highest caliber.

The school’s undergraduate, graduate and part-time student bodies are talented and diverse, and interest in admissions is very strong.

Research funding has grown an average of 6 percent a year, led by an acceleration of support from the National Institutes of Health. The recently built Hackerman Hall is a center of important activity, Malone Hall is rising rapidly out of the ground and the school has attracted very significant philanthropic support for faculty and students.

Nick generously shares the credit for all this success with the women and men of the Whiting School, and he is right that they are exceptional. But every team needs a captain and Nick has discharged this role with great aplomb.

Penn State’s announcement is available online at http://tinyurl.com/jones-psu.  I know that everyone at Johns Hopkins joins me in offering Nick congratulations and best wishes. I thank him most sincerely for everything he has done for our university as dean for the past nine years and, since he first joined us in 1986, as a member of the faculty.

I will be back to you in coming weeks with information on interim leadership for the Whiting School and a search for Dean Jones’ successor.


Ronald J. Daniels


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