The School of Advanced International Studies has named Kathryn Jagow Mohrman, former president of Colorado College, as the new executive director of the Washington Program Office of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies.
An educational joint venture between Johns Hopkins and Nanjing universities, the center gives approximately 100 students from the U.S., China and other countries the opportunity to live together and pursue graduate-level studies for one year. SAIS administers the center's activities on behalf of JHU.
Mohrman, who will assume the position July 15, will be responsible for the overall development and management of the program's operations.
"Our program in Nanjing has moved from strength to strength under able direction in Washington and Nanjing and with great support from the host universities," said Jessica Einhorn, SAIS dean. "Kathryn Mohrman brings impressive experience and high prestige to the position of executive director at a time of great challenge and opportunity. We are all looking forward with great expectations to her leadership."
Mohrman spent the past year as a Fulbright Professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In addition, she served as the director of research and development of the Hong Kong-America Center. She currently is a member of the board of directors of the National Committee on United States-China Relations.
Mohrman has nearly 30 years of distinguished service in higher education. She was president of Colorado College from 1993 to 2002 and dean for undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, from 1988 to 1993. She also served as associate dean of the undergraduate college at Brown University, director of national affairs at the Association of American Colleges and guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. She has taught public policy and higher education policy courses at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Sichuan University in Chengdu, China; Colorado College; University of Maryland; Georgetown University; George Washington University; and Brown.
A native of Illinois, Mohrman earned her doctorate in public policy from George Washington University in 1982, a master's in American history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1969 and a bachelor's in history from Grinnell College in 1967. In 2002, Colorado College awarded her an honorary doctor of laws degree. She received a Fulbright fellowship to Japan and Korea in 1992 and served on the Henry Luce Foundation's Asian Studies Advisory Committee from 2000 to 2002.