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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University December 20, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 16
A&S Dean Daniel Weiss Named President of Lafayette College

On Dec. 17, Daniel Weiss, the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, was elected the 16th president of Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. He will assume that post on July 1.

In a broadcast e-mail to the university community, President William R. Brody wrote, "This is a wonderful opportunity for Dean Weiss. I congratulate him, and I especially congratulate the trustees of Lafayette on an excellent choice. Dan will do an outstanding job."

Weiss, Brody pointed out, will join a long list of former Johns Hopkins faculty and academic leaders who have gone on to presidencies of colleges and universities around the country. "Johns Hopkins can take pride in knowing that it has contributed so much over its nearly 130-year history to the leadership of the greatest system of higher education in the world," he wrote.

Weiss, who received his master's and doctorate in art history from Johns Hopkins, has been a member of the Arts and Sciences faculty since 1993. A graduate of George Washington University, he received an M.B.A. from the Yale School of Management with a concentration in nonprofit management. At Johns Hopkins, he served as chair of the Art History Department from 1998 to July 2001, when he was named to the new position of dean of the faculty of Arts and Sciences. He was appointed dean of the school in 2002.

As dean, Weiss has focused on implementing the Krieger School's strategic plan, which he had helped develop before his appointment. He has led the school's $250 million portion of the Johns Hopkins: Knowledge for the World campaign, working to develop resources to support faculty excellence, to modernize facilities and to increase student aid.

"He has been an ardent advocate for important new interdisciplinary academic programs and an energetic, visionary leader in the enhancement of the undergraduate experience at Homewood," Brody said.

President Brody and Provost Steven Knapp will soon convene a committee to mount a national search for a successor as dean. Interim leadership will be named to guide the school through the transition period.


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