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April 8, 1996
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William Brody Elected President of
William R. Brody, provost of
the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center and a former
Hopkins professor, was elected today as the 13th president of The
Johns Hopkins University.
Brody, 52, a physician and electrical engineer, will take
office no later than Sept. 1.
"Johns Hopkins is, obviously, an extraordinary university
with an extraordinary past," Brody said. "The opportunity to lead
it into the 21st century is an exciting one indeed."
Brody called Hopkins "well-positioned" to address what he
said is the critical issue facing all American research
universities: "How to provide a high-quality education, with a
strong research component, in an era of increasing competition
"Hopkins has got to face that issue squarely," he said.
The lessons learned in recent years by academic medical
centers like those at Hopkins and Minnesota are important for
their parent universities and all of higher education, Brody
"The issues of cost, quality and access -- which is what
health care reform is supposedly all about -- are going to hit
higher education," he said.
Morris W. Offit, chairman of the university's board of
trustees and of the search committee that recommended Brody to
the board, said he was influenced by Brody's commitment to
addressing these concerns.
"Cost of delivery is critical for education, just as cost of
delivery has made managed care critical for health care," Offit
said. "With new technology, how are you going to educate more
effectively and efficiently in the future? What is a classroom
going to be? What is a campus?
"Bill Brody really understands these issues. He understands
delivery systems and the application of technology."
Brody's election today by the trustees ends a search that
began in December 1994, when President William C. Richardson
announced he would leave Hopkins to become president of the W.K.
Kellogg Foundation. Daniel Nathans, who has been interim
president since June, will return to the School of Medicine,
where he has been a member of the faculty for more than 30
Brody has been at the University of Minnesota since 1994,
responsible for 5,000 students and 14,600 faculty and staff in
two medical schools, five other health professions schools and a
hospital and health system. He oversees a combined budget of $750
He has been a vocal and active advocate for the "radical
change" necessary to resolve the serious financial problems
of an academic medical center, highly dependent on patient
revenue, in a market more heavily penetrated by managed care than
any other in the country.
Brody was Martin Donner Professor and director of the
Department of Radiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
from 1987 to 1994, and also held a faculty appointment in the
Whiting School of Engineering. He chaired the Committee for the
21st Century, a university-wide faculty strategic planning
Before coming to Hopkins, Brody was professor of radiology
and electrical engineering at Stanford University and founder of
Resonex Inc., a medical imaging company.
Brody graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
in 1965 and earned a master's degree in electrical engineering at
MIT a year later. He received his medical degree from Stanford in
1970 and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the same
university in 1972. He trained in cardiovascular surgery at
Stanford and in radiology at the University of California at San
His research focus has been on cardiovascular imaging and
minimally invasive therapy and on non-invasive imaging methods
such as computerized imaging and MRI. He is a member of the
Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a
founding fellow of the American Institute of Medical and
Biological Engineering. He also is a fellow of the American
College of Cardiology, the American College of Radiology, and the
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He served from
1991 until this year on the MIT Corporation, the institute's
board of trustees.
He and his wife, Wendy, have two children, a daughter, 21,
and a son, 15.
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