Scott Zeger Named Acting Provost
On Friday, President Ronald J. Daniels sent a broadcast
message to faculty, staff and students
related to President Obama's nomination of Provost Kristina
Johnson. (See story, "JHU provost
tapped for Energy post," in this issue). What follows
is an edited version.
I am pleased to announce that Scott L. Zeger, vice
provost for research and professor in the
Biostatistics in the Bloomberg School of Public Health,
has agreed to serve as acting
provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Dr.
Zeger assumes this role effective
As you know, Provost Kristina Johnson has been
nominated by President Obama to serve as
undersecretary of energy. She has generously agreed to
offer advice and counsel to Dr. Zeger and me
during the course of the confirmation process. If the
Senate confirms Provost Johnson and she takes
office, Dr. Zeger will then become interim provost. At that
time we will immediately begin a national
search for a suitable successor. I am deeply grateful for
Kristina's generous offer of help with the
provost's extensive portfolio, and her assistance with my
transition, during what will no doubt be a
very busy time for her.
I am also most grateful to Scott, a distinguished
member of the Johns Hopkins faculty since
1982, for taking on this important assignment. He has
contributed admirably to the university in a
number of very significant roles over the years, including
as senior associate dean for academic
affairs in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and as
chair of the Department of Biostatistics. For
more than a year now, as vice provost for research, Scott
has focused on the vitality of the
university's research program.
Please join me in thanking Scott for serving the
university in this new capacity.
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