Homewood: First dean of student
Susan Boswell, dean of students at the Homewood campus for
the past 13 years, has been appointed to the new position of
dean of student life.
Boswell, who began the new job July 1, is
responsible for nonacademic services for both the full-time
undergraduates and graduate students in the Krieger School
of Arts and Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering.
"Dean Boswell has a very strong commitment to
enhancing the extracurricular experience of Homewood students and
has been a major contributor to the significant improvements in
student life that have occurred here over the past dozen or so
years," wrote the Homewood deans, Ilene Busch-Vishniac of
Engineering and Richard E. McCarty of Arts and Sciences, in a
message to students, faculty and staff. "She and the very strong
staff she leads will continue to move these very important
Vice provost named for undergrad
Ralph Kuncl, a neuroscientist and member of the School of
Medicine faculty since 1983, has been appointed to the new
position of vice provost for undergraduate education.
Kuncl, who has spent the past year working
on undergraduate issues as an American Council on Education
fellow, will support strategic planning work by the five
Johns Hopkins schools with undergraduates, Provost Steven
"He will also advise the university's senior
leadership on ways of improving undergraduate education and
developing the unique opportunities that Johns Hopkins can
provide as a large research university with a relatively small
undergraduate population," Knapp said. Kuncl also will oversee
preparation for the university's decennial accreditation, a
process that begins this fall, Knapp said.
Time Out With... Bill Spink, aka Bill the
At Johns Hopkins, a common enough question upon meeting
someone is, "Who did you study under?" A not so common
response, however, begins with the word "Frosty." That's the
answer you'll get when you are talking to William Spink,
maintenance mechanic and part-time clown.
In an institution awash with degrees,
Spink, who has worked in Homewood Plant Operations and
Maintenance for nearly 25 years, has a distinction of
holding a unique one, conferred by Ringling Bros. and Barnum
and Bailey Clown College in Virginia. During his clown
college days, Spink was the pupil of Frosty Little, Ringling
Bros.' legendary master clown.
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