About The Gazette Search Back Issues Contact Us    
The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 14, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 30
Presidential Search Committee Announced

Pamela P. Flaherty, chair of the university board of trustees, announced on Friday the membership of the Presidential Search Committee, which is charged with identifying a successor to President William R. Brody, who will retire Dec. 31.

Because appointing a president is the responsibility of the board and the most important of its fiduciary responsibilities, she said, trustees constitute the majority of the committee. However, because Johns Hopkins is an academic community and the perspectives of its various constituencies are relevant to the board's deliberations, the committee includes two faculty members, a graduate student, an undergraduate and a staff member. In addition, four of the trustee members are also alumni.

"Together, the 13 diverse members bring to the committee a broad understanding of the university as a whole, as well as knowledge of specific schools or constituencies within Johns Hopkins," Flaherty said. "No matter what their affiliation, however, search committee members are charged with serving the interests of the entire institution by recruiting the very best leader we can find."

The committee will be chaired by Flaherty, SAIS '68, president and CEO of Citi Foundation, New York.

The trustees who will serve are George L. Bunting Jr., president, the Bunting Management Group, Hunt Valley, Md.; Francis B. Burch Jr., co-CEO, DLA Piper, Baltimore; N. Anthony Coles, A&S '82, president and CEO, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Emeryville, Calif.; Richard S. Frary, A&S '69, president, Tallwood Associates, New York; Stuart S. Janney III, chairman, Bessemer Trust, New York; Gail J. McGovern, A&S '74, president, American Red Cross, Washington, D.C.; and Brian C. Rogers, chairman, T. Rowe Price Group, Baltimore.

In addition to being trustees of the university, Flaherty, Bunting, Burch and Janney serve on the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Other members of the committee are:

Jameel Freeman, associate director of Undergraduate Admissions at Homewood, whose recruitment territories include Maryland, the District of Columbia and West Virginia. He also coordinates the office's diversity efforts and works closely with the Baltimore Scholars Program, which involves significant interaction with the Baltimore City Public Schools.

Diane Griffin, the Alfred and Jill Sommer Professor and Chair in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and former director of the Malaria Research Institute, Bloomberg School of Public Health. A leader in viral disease research and a member of the Institute of Medicine, Griffin also holds appointments in the departments of Medicine and Neurology in the School of Medicine.

Kurt Herzer, a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences from Long Island, N.Y., who is a 2008 Truman Scholar and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. A public health studies major, he has conducted research on patient safety and quality improvement both nationally and internationally. Herzer has served on the universitywide Diversity Leadership Council, reflecting his interest in diversity issues and students with disabilities.

Joseph Katz, the William F. Ward Sr. Distinguished Professor in the Whiting School's Department of Mechanical Engineering. Katz is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, technical editor of the Journal of Fluids Engineering and recipient of the ASME Fluids Engineering Award, among others.

Tam Nguyen, a second-year doctoral student in the School of Nursing, who comes from California. Nguyen's research focuses on health disparities, particularly those seen in the Asian- American community, with an emphasis on Vietnamese-Americans. In 2006, she completed a joint master's degree program in the schools of Nursing and Public Health.

Flaherty said that the Presidential Search Committee will consult widely with members of the university community. Comments and suggestions can be sent to Because of the volume of mail being received, she noted, the committee will be unable to respond to senders.


The Gazette | The Johns Hopkins University | Suite 540 | 901 S. Bond St. | Baltimore, MD 21231 | 443-287-9900 |