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Friday, April 21, 1995
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Nathans is First Interim President

Daniel Nathans is the first person officially designated by the Johns Hopkins University board of trustees as an interim president of the university, according to archivist James Stimpert of the university's Ferdinand Hamburger Jr. Archives.

When Ira Remsen, the university's second president, was forced to resign due to ill health in January 1913, an Administrative Committee, headed by William Henry Welch, ran the university until Frank J. Goodnow took office in October 1914.

The university has twice appointed presidents for what were understood, in advance, to be brief tenures, although neither was designated interim president.

When Detlev Bronk, the sixth president, left in August 1953, Lowell J. Reed, who had just retired as vice president for medicine, was named president. Although Reed served nearly three years, it was understood from the beginning that he wished to resume his retirement as quickly as possible.

The other occasion was in March 1971, when Lincoln Gordon, the ninth president, resigned. The trustees persuaded Milton S. Eisenhower to return as president in April 1971, but, again, he made it clear that he wanted an expedited search for a successor.

Steven Muller, who had become provost just prior to Gordon's leaving, took over as president less than a year later, in February 1972.

All other changes in administration at Hopkins have involved a direct transition from the incumbent president to his successor.

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