Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels is one of four winners of the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s 2015 Academic Leadership Award, an honor that comes with a $500,000 grant to each winner’s institution.
Daniels, president since 2009, was recognized for accomplishments such as increasing undergraduate grant aid by 40 percent, increasing minority enrollment by 11 percent, and supporting Baltimore through efforts such as the $1.8 billion East Baltimore Development Initiative, according to the Carnegie Corporation.
“I am deeply honored to be recognized among the esteemed recipients of this award,” Daniels said in a statement. “It is exciting to have the innovative work by our faculty and staff and Johns Hopkins’ commitment to Baltimore recognized by the Carnegie Corporation, a great champion of higher education.”
Daniels plans to use the funds to help make Hopkins more accessible to students and graduates of Baltimore City Public Schools, such as by supporting scholarships for low-income residents, partnering with K-8 schools and launching new college- and career-preparation initiatives, according to the university.
The other winners are Patricia A. McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C.; Diana Natalicio, president of the University of Texas at El Paso and C.L. Max Nikias, president of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, according to the Carnegie Corporation.