Provost Kristina Johnson has appointed three part-time vice
provosts in a restructuring designed to strengthen
connections between her office and the university's
The new appointees all will spend one-third of their time in
their home schools while also serving in their new positions
in the university's academic affairs office.
"The idea is to complement my outstanding team of full-time
administrators with esteemed full professors of enormous
scholarly standing who will continue to be engaged in the
ongoing activities of their home departments," said Johnson,
who joined Johns Hopkins on Sept. 1 as chief academic
"With these appointments," she said, "the Office of the
Provost has a more direct connection to the faculty,
contributing to better overall decision making with regard to
the educational mission of the university."
Scott Zeger of the Bloomberg School of Public Health will
serve as vice provost for research. Michela Gallagher of the
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences will become vice provost
for academic affairs, and Jonathan Bagger, also of Arts and
Sciences, will assume the new position of vice provost for
graduate and postdoctoral programs and special projects.
All three appointments take effect March 1 for an initial
term lasting to June 30, 2011, Johnson said.
chair of the Provost's Advisory Committee
Johnson said that, to further enhance her ties to the
faculty, she is forming a Provost's Advisory Committee, to be
chaired by Michael Hanchard, the Society of Black Alumni
Presidential Professor of Political
"The PAC will meet monthly to advise the provost on matters
affecting the university and will include faculty from the
various schools and institutes," Johnson said. She said she
is asking for nominations for committee members from deans,
department chairs and members of the university
Zeger, a faculty member since 1982, is now the Frank Hurley
and Catharine Dorrier Chair and Professor of Biostatistics and
is former senior associate dean for academic affairs in the
Bloomberg School. As
vice provost for research, he will replace Ted Poehler, who
is stepping down after holding the job for nearly 16 years.
Zeger will focus on the health of the university's research
enterprise, including institutional research compliance and
cross-divisional research initiatives. He also will be
involved in activities relating to Montgomery County and
opportunities arising from Maryland's gains in the military's
base realignment and closing process.
"Scott recently led an impressive cross-university effort on
defining the direction for health informatics at Johns Hopkins,"
Johnson said. "He comes to the office with an impeccable
research record and strong administrative credentials."
Gallagher is a Krieger-Eisenhower Professor and chaired the
Psychological and Brain Sciences from 2000 to 2007. Her
new position coordinates academic strategic planning and
faculty affairs. In conjunction with Dean of Undergraduate
Education and Vice Provost Paula Burger, Gallagher will also
oversee curricular matters and university accreditation.
"Professor Gallagher is a world-class scientist and a very
successful administrator," Johnson said. "She is a visionary
in brain science, and I look forward to working with her."
Much of Gallagher's new purview was formerly handled by
Pamela Cranston. Cranston will remain in the office part time
as vice provost for international affairs but will now spend
the bulk of her time serving as vice dean of the Carey
Bagger is now Krieger-Eisenhower Professor and chair of the
Department of Physics and
Astronomy. He has twice been a member of the Institute
for Advanced Study and is a member of the National Research
Council's Board on Physics and Astronomy and vice chair of
the Energy Department/National Science Foundation High Energy
Physics Advisory Panel. In his new position, Bagger will
focus on the quality of graduate and postdoctoral programs,
strategic planning and enhancing relationships with
government funding agencies.
"Dr. Bagger is an outstanding addition to the team," Johnson
said. "His passion for graduate and postdoctoral programs
will bring a particular emphasis on these activities to the
Zeger, Gallagher and Bagger join a Provost's
Office that also includes, besides Burger and
Cranston, Vice Provost for Academic Services
Edgar Roulhac, Vice Provost for Budgets and
Planning James Zeller, Vice Provost for
Institutional Equity Ray Gillian, Vice
Provost for Information Technology Stephanie
Reel and Vice Provost for the Arts Winston Tabb.