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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 24, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 31
Kenneth H. Keller, of Minnesota, Named Director of SAIS Bologna

Kenneth H. Keller, a Johns Hopkins alumnus and onetime visiting professor, has been named director of the SAIS Bologna Center, effective Aug. 1. He will succeed Marisa Lino, former U.S. ambassador to Albania, who is retiring at the end of July after serving more than three years as director of the center, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

Keller joins Johns Hopkins from the University of Minnesota, which he served as president from 1985 to 1988 and most recently as the Charles M. Denny Jr. Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy at the university's Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. In his 35-year career at Minnesota, other leadership positions included vice president for academic affairs, department chair and graduate school dean. During the 2003-2004 academic year, he was a professorial lecturer and visiting professor at the Bologna Center.

Keller holds a doctorate in chemical engineering from Johns Hopkins and has served as a member of the Whiting School of Engineering's national advisory council and the Department of Chemical Engineering's board of visitors. In 1996, he received the university's Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Keller has held several positions with the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, including senior vice president for programs, Philip D. Reed Senior Fellow for Science and Technology and Volvo Distinguished Visiting Fellow. He has recently served on a variety of educational committees for organizations based in Israel, Qatar and Pakistan.

Writing to the SAIS community to announce Keller's appointment, Dean Jessica Einhorn said, "He will bring tremendous leadership, intellect and experience to his new role at our Bologna Center. There is great enthusiasm in Bologna, Nanjing, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore as we celebrate this superb addition to our leadership team."


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