Johns Hopkins Gazette | March 16, 2009
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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 16, 2009 | Vol. 38 No. 26
Scott Zeger Named Acting Provost

On Friday, President Ronald J. Daniels sent a broadcast message to faculty, staff and students related to President Obama's nomination of Provost Kristina Johnson. (See story, "JHU provost tapped for Energy post," in this issue). What follows is an edited version.

I am pleased to announce that Scott L. Zeger, vice provost for research and professor in the Department of Biostatistics in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, has agreed to serve as acting provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Dr. Zeger assumes this role effective immediately.

As you know, Provost Kristina Johnson has been nominated by President Obama to serve as undersecretary of energy. She has generously agreed to offer advice and counsel to Dr. Zeger and me during the course of the confirmation process. If the Senate confirms Provost Johnson and she takes office, Dr. Zeger will then become interim provost. At that time we will immediately begin a national search for a suitable successor. I am deeply grateful for Kristina's generous offer of help with the provost's extensive portfolio, and her assistance with my transition, during what will no doubt be a very busy time for her.

I am also most grateful to Scott, a distinguished member of the Johns Hopkins faculty since 1982, for taking on this important assignment. He has contributed admirably to the university in a number of very significant roles over the years, including as senior associate dean for academic affairs in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and as chair of the Department of Biostatistics. For more than a year now, as vice provost for research, Scott has focused on the vitality of the university's research program.

Please join me in thanking Scott for serving the university in this new capacity.


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