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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University June 11, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 37
Donald Steinwachs To Serve As Interim Provost


Longtime veteran of JHU faculty has also served in many administrative roles

By Dennis O'Shea

Donald Steinwachs, a 34-year veteran of the Johns Hopkins faculty with deep connections throughout the university, will serve as interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, President Brody announced.

Steinwachs has begun already to work with outgoing Provost Steven Knapp and will take over Aug. 1, when Knapp becomes president of The George Washington University, Brody said.

"I look forward to working with Dr. Steinwachs," Brody said in a message to faculty, students and staff announcing the appointment. "I always have valued his advice; I know that he will fulfill this interim role with all the sharpness of mind, skill, grace and good humor that he has brought to every position he has held in his long, distinguished career at Johns Hopkins."

Steinwachs served for 11 years as chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He directs its Health Services Research and Development Center and holds joint appointments in the schools of Medicine and Nursing. He also teaches undergraduates in the public health studies major at Homewood.

He earned his doctorate in operations research in 1973 from what is now the Whiting School of Engineering and joined the Johns Hopkins faculty that year.

"I sometimes kiddingly say that I was born here," Steinwachs said. "It's an outstanding and unique institution, and it has been a great honor and privilege to be a part of it for so many years.

"The faculty is outstanding," he said, "and one of the unique things that I've found is that they are highly collaborative and willing to work together to come up with new ideas on both research and education and to implement them."

Steinwachs has been involved with the administration of the university not only as department chair but also as a member of the universitywide Faculty Budget Advisory Committee, serving for 20 years as its chair. He co-chaired a 2004 review of the university's employee benefits and chaired an advisory committee formed to increase faculty input on HopkinsOne.

Elected a member of the Institute of Medicine in 1993, Steinwachs has studied medical effectiveness and outcomes for individuals with specific medical, surgical and psychiatric conditions. His current research focuses on health care quality and has included a project evaluating a Web-based tool for use in the care of schizophrenic patients and another evaluating the Hospital at Home program for elderly patients. He is a member of the Department of Health and Human Services' National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics and chairs its Population Subcommittee.

Steinwachs is a 1968 graduate of the University of Arizona and earned a master's in systems engineering there in 1970.

Brody said he hopes to announce the appointment of Knapp's successor before the end of the summer, although Steinwachs — who has said he is not a candidate — will likely serve for a number of months until the new provost is able to take office.

The chair of the search committee, Michael Klag, dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, said that the committee and its outside consultants have attracted a "very strong pool" of candidates.


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