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Johns Hopkins Trustees Extend Ronald J. Daniels’ Presidency by Five Years

           New agreement puts leader at the helm of the university through June 2024

July 7, 2016
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The Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees has appointed Ronald J. Daniels to an additional five years as president, extending his tenure as leader of the institution through June 30, 2024.

Board chair Jeffrey H. Aronson said the action represents a clear vote of confidence in Daniels’ leadership, and commended the university’s progress toward goals first articulated in Daniels’ inaugural address in 2009. Specifically, Aronson cited the ways departments and divisions work more closely together; efforts to support students, faculty and staff; and the university’s growing support for Baltimore.

Aronson made the announcement today in an email message to the Johns Hopkins community.

“Johns Hopkins has always been an extraordinary institution, and the trajectory of our great university has lifted ever higher in recent years,” Aronson said. “As we look forward, the university Board of Trustees is eager to take steps to ensure that we continue along this impressive path.”

The trustees’ vote marks the second time the board has signaled its appreciation for Daniels’ leadership by extending his term. He took office as president of the university in March 2009, and was appointed to a second five-year term in January 2014. The board’s latest action extends Daniels’ contract until 2024.

“Johns Hopkins is one of the world’s great universities, and I am thrilled and humbled to be able to lead this institution,” said Daniels. “It is a profound privilege to work closely with our extraordinary faculty, students, staff and alumni as we advance our great mission over the next eight years.”

Two years ago, when announcing Daniels’ second five-year term, Aronson said the board lauded the president for his vision, which helped to frame the goals of the Ten by Twenty, an articulation of the university’s priorities through 2020. With this latest extension, Aronson said, the board recognizes the progress Daniels has made toward achieving those goals, and ongoing efforts in key areas.

Aronson specifically mentioned: the recruitment of 50 Bloomberg Distinguished Professors, world-class scholars who are building bridges across disciplines; a comprehensive effort to expand the diversity of the university’s faculty and student body; the creation of “an innovation ecosystem” that will support entrepreneurship and support the growth of local start-up businesses; and the implementation of efforts to support Baltimore, including the local purchasing and hiring initiative HopkinsLocal.

Aronson also noted the progress, under Daniels’ leadership, of the university’s largest-ever campaign, Rising to the Challenge, conceived to enable Johns Hopkins to take on some of the world’s most complex challenges. The campaign’s success led recently to a decision to raise its goal to $5 billion, from $4.5 billion, and to continue it one more year than previously scheduled, through June 2018.


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