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Dunham to leave JHU for Penn State

Stephen S. Dunham, who has served as vice president and general counsel of the Johns Hopkins University since December 2005, will head to Pennsylvania State University this summer.

Stephen S. Dunham

As Penn State’s vice president and general counsel, Dunham will replace Cynthia Baldwin, who resigned from Penn State two months after the child sex-abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky broke.

Penn State has said that Baldwin’s leaving had nothing to do with that case, in which Sandusky has denied wrongdoing. Penn State president Rodney A. Erickson was not available to comment on this story.

Dunham previously worked at the Denver office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he was chairman from 1996 to 2000. He was also the general counsel at the University of Minnesota from 1982 to 1988.

Dunham was not available to comment on this story on Tuesday. University President Ronald J. Daniels announced Dunham’s departure to the university’s leadership last week in a letter. Daniels was also unavailable to comment.

“I deeply regret the loss to Johns Hopkins — and to all of us — of such an outstanding colleague, advisor and university citizen,” Daniels said in the letter, according the school’s newspaper, the JHU Gazette. “At the same time, however, I am pleased for Steve that he will be able to bring his considerable intelligence, skill and abilities to the service of such an important institution. And I am pleased for Penn State that it has found in Steve an attorney of unparalleled expertise to assist it in dealing with the issues before it.”

No information about Dunham’s successor or an interim general counsel was available from the school on Tuesday.