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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 2, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 1
Search for Next Pres Under Way

Candidates come from a wide variety of backgrounds

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette

The presidential search committee is headlong into the process of interviewing candidates to become the 14th president of The Johns Hopkins University.

The board of trustees initiated its search for a successor to President William R. Brody soon after he announced on March 17 that he would retire Dec. 31 from the post he has held for more than 12 years.

In April, board chair Pamela P. Flaherty announced the 13 members of the Presidential Search Committee, a group made up of university and Johns Hopkins Medicine trustees, two faculty members, a graduate student, an undergraduate and a staff member. The search firm Russell Reynolds Associates was selected to advise the committee.

Flaherty, who chairs the search committee, said that the group is deeply engaged in its task to identify the "very best leader" the university can find. She said that the committee is searching for "a special person," someone with "the right vision, skills and commitment to build upon the legacy of past presidents and make a university with a great heritage even greater."

As detailed in its announcement of the opening, the board of trustees says it "seeks an individual willing to set an aggressive and ambitious new agenda for Johns Hopkins' future."

To date, the committee has spoken with a "considerable" number of candidates who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. "Johns Hopkins has a wonderful reputation, and everyone we have contacted has expressed honor in even being considered," Flaherty said.

To begin the search process, Flaherty solicited input from the university community. She said that the committee is grateful for all the comments and suggestions that have been submitted to the search e-mail box and the willingness of the Johns Hopkins community to participate in this way. Comments can still be submitted to

The committee, she said, has not set a hard deadline for the completion of its mission. "Our goal is to get the best possible person for Johns Hopkins, and we are diligently working on it."

For more on the search, including a list of committee members, go to:


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