Pamela P. Flaherty, chair of the university board of
trustees, announced on Friday the
membership of the Presidential Search Committee, which is
charged with identifying a successor to
President William R. Brody, who will retire Dec. 31.
Because appointing a president is the responsibility
of the board and the most important of its
fiduciary responsibilities, she said, trustees constitute
the majority of the committee. However,
because Johns Hopkins is an academic community and the
perspectives of its various constituencies
are relevant to the board's deliberations, the committee
includes two faculty members, a graduate
student, an undergraduate and a staff member. In addition,
four of the trustee members are also
"Together, the 13 diverse members bring to the
committee a broad understanding of the
university as a whole, as well as knowledge of specific
schools or constituencies within Johns Hopkins,"
Flaherty said. "No matter what their affiliation, however,
search committee members are charged
with serving the interests of the entire institution by
recruiting the very best leader we can find."
The committee will be chaired by Flaherty, SAIS '68,
president and CEO of Citi Foundation,
The trustees who will serve are George L. Bunting Jr.,
president, the Bunting Management
Group, Hunt Valley, Md.; Francis B. Burch Jr., co-CEO, DLA
Piper, Baltimore; N. Anthony Coles, A&S
'82, president and CEO, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Emeryville,
Calif.; Richard S. Frary, A&S '69, president,
Tallwood Associates, New York; Stuart S. Janney III,
chairman, Bessemer Trust, New York; Gail J.
McGovern, A&S '74, president, American Red Cross,
Washington, D.C.; and Brian C. Rogers, chairman,
T. Rowe Price Group, Baltimore.
In addition to being trustees of the university,
Flaherty, Bunting, Burch and Janney serve on
the board of Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Other members of the committee are:
Jameel Freeman, associate director
of Undergraduate Admissions at Homewood, whose
recruitment territories include Maryland, the District of
Columbia and West Virginia. He also
coordinates the office's diversity efforts and works
closely with the Baltimore Scholars Program,
which involves significant interaction with the Baltimore
City Public Schools.
Diane Griffin, the Alfred and Jill
Sommer Professor and Chair in Molecular Microbiology and
Immunology and former director of the Malaria Research
Institute, Bloomberg School of Public
Health. A leader in viral disease research and a member of
the Institute of Medicine, Griffin also
holds appointments in the departments of Medicine and
Neurology in the School of Medicine.
Kurt Herzer, a junior in the
School of Arts and Sciences from Long Island, N.Y., who is
Truman Scholar and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. A public health
studies major, he has conducted
research on patient safety and quality improvement both
nationally and internationally. Herzer has
served on the universitywide Diversity Leadership Council,
reflecting his interest in diversity issues
and students with disabilities.
Joseph Katz, the William F. Ward
Sr. Distinguished Professor in the Whiting School's
Department of Mechanical Engineering. Katz is a fellow of
the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers, technical editor of the Journal of Fluids
Engineering and recipient of the ASME Fluids
Engineering Award, among others.
Tam Nguyen, a second-year doctoral
student in the School of Nursing, who comes from
California. Nguyen's research focuses on health
disparities, particularly those seen in the Asian-
American community, with an emphasis on
Vietnamese-Americans. In 2006, she completed a joint
master's degree program in the schools of Nursing and
Flaherty said that the Presidential Search Committee
will consult widely with members of the
university community. Comments and suggestions can be sent
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Because of the
volume of mail being received, she noted, the committee
will be unable to respond to senders.