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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 4, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 20
Three New Vice Provosts Appointed

Scott Zeger, vice provost for research; Michela Gallagher, vice provost for academic affairs; Jonathan Bagger, vice provost for graduate and postdoctoral programs and special projects

Provost's Advisory Committee also will be formed

By Dennis O'Shea

Provost Kristina Johnson has appointed three part-time vice provosts in a restructuring designed to strengthen connections between her office and the university's faculty.

The new appointees all will spend one-third of their time in their home schools while also serving in their new positions in the university's academic affairs office.

"The idea is to complement my outstanding team of full-time administrators with esteemed full professors of enormous scholarly standing who will continue to be engaged in the ongoing activities of their home departments," said Johnson, who joined Johns Hopkins on Sept. 1 as chief academic officer.

"With these appointments," she said, "the Office of the Provost has a more direct connection to the faculty, contributing to better overall decision making with regard to the educational mission of the university."

Scott Zeger of the Bloomberg School of Public Health will serve as vice provost for research. Michela Gallagher of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences will become vice provost for academic affairs, and Jonathan Bagger, also of Arts and Sciences, will assume the new position of vice provost for graduate and postdoctoral programs and special projects.

All three appointments take effect March 1 for an initial term lasting to June 30, 2011, Johnson said.

Michael Hanchard, chair of the Provost's Advisory Committee

Johnson said that, to further enhance her ties to the faculty, she is forming a Provost's Advisory Committee, to be chaired by Michael Hanchard, the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor of Political Science.

"The PAC will meet monthly to advise the provost on matters affecting the university and will include faculty from the various schools and institutes," Johnson said. She said she is asking for nominations for committee members from deans, department chairs and members of the university community.

Zeger, a faculty member since 1982, is now the Frank Hurley and Catharine Dorrier Chair and Professor of Biostatistics and is former senior associate dean for academic affairs in the Bloomberg School. As vice provost for research, he will replace Ted Poehler, who is stepping down after holding the job for nearly 16 years. Zeger will focus on the health of the university's research enterprise, including institutional research compliance and cross-divisional research initiatives. He also will be involved in activities relating to Montgomery County and opportunities arising from Maryland's gains in the military's base realignment and closing process.

"Scott recently led an impressive cross-university effort on defining the direction for health informatics at Johns Hopkins," Johnson said. "He comes to the office with an impeccable research record and strong administrative credentials."

Gallagher is a Krieger-Eisenhower Professor and chaired the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences from 2000 to 2007. Her new position coordinates academic strategic planning and faculty affairs. In conjunction with Dean of Undergraduate Education and Vice Provost Paula Burger, Gallagher will also oversee curricular matters and university accreditation.

"Professor Gallagher is a world-class scientist and a very successful administrator," Johnson said. "She is a visionary in brain science, and I look forward to working with her."

Much of Gallagher's new purview was formerly handled by Pamela Cranston. Cranston will remain in the office part time as vice provost for international affairs but will now spend the bulk of her time serving as vice dean of the Carey Business School.

Bagger is now Krieger-Eisenhower Professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He has twice been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study and is a member of the National Research Council's Board on Physics and Astronomy and vice chair of the Energy Department/National Science Foundation High Energy Physics Advisory Panel. In his new position, Bagger will focus on the quality of graduate and postdoctoral programs, strategic planning and enhancing relationships with government funding agencies.

"Dr. Bagger is an outstanding addition to the team," Johnson said. "His passion for graduate and postdoctoral programs will bring a particular emphasis on these activities to the Provost's Office."

Zeger, Gallagher and Bagger join a Provost's Office that also includes, besides Burger and Cranston, Vice Provost for Academic Services Edgar Roulhac, Vice Provost for Budgets and Planning James Zeller, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity Ray Gillian, Vice Provost for Information Technology Stephanie Reel and Vice Provost for the Arts Winston Tabb.


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