Johns Hopkins Gazette | March 9, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 9, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 25
President Daniels Arrives at Homewood

En route to lunch at Fresh Food Café, Ron Daniels takes his first cross-campus walk as president of The Johns Hopkins University, accompanied by Jerry Schnydman, his executive assistant.

By Greg Rienzi, The Gazette
Photos by Will Kirk / HIPS

On Monday, March 2, his first official day as Johns Hopkins University president, Ron Daniels stepped onto a snow-blanketed Homewood campus. When he arrived at Garland Hall, home of the President's Office, his new staff was on hand to welcome him — along with a Blue Jay-blue welcome sign and some JHU-inspired good luck fortune cookies. (Sample message for the Canadian-born Daniels: "Blue Jays will once again play a prominent role in your future.") Daniels quickly assured staff members that he "did not bring the snow with [him]."

After some housekeeping in his office, Daniels ventured back out into the elements with his executive assistant, Jerry Schnydman. On his inaugural trek across campus, the university's new president was stopped by a number of students who wanted to shake hands and say hello. A few even joined Daniels and Schnydman's stroll to extend the chat.

Daniels lunched with undergraduates at Fresh Food Café, the dining facility for the freshman residence halls. Afterward, he returned to Garland Hall for a string of one-on-one meetings with key staff members and took well-wishing calls from board of trustees chair Pamela Flaherty and former President Bill Brody, among others. The president ended the day dining with his cabinet — the senior administrators of the university — at his Nichols House residence.

At the Nichols House dinner, with 'cabinet' members Mike Eicher and Jim McGill

Settling into the President's Office in Garland Hall

Lunch with a tableful of students at Fresh Food Café


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