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Kumar named new provost at Hopkins

Sunil Kumar will take over as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University September 1. (Submitted photo)

Sunil Kumar will take over as provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University September 1. (Submitted photo)

The dean of the University of Chicago’s business school has been appointed the next provost of Johns Hopkins University.

Sunil Kumar will become the 15th person to hold the office when he assumes the position Sept. 1, the university announced Friday. Kumar will also serve as senior vice president for academic affairs.

JHU President Ronald J. Daniels said in a statement that Kumar was a proven academic leader with uncompromising standards for excellence whose values aligned with¬†university’s strategic vision.

In five years as dean of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Kumar helped raise more than $300 million and increase the enrollment of women in full-time programs from 35 percent to 42 percent, according to JHU.

Before coming to Chicago, Kumar spent 14 years on the faculty Stanford University, some of which was spent overseeing the university’s MBA program.

Kumar said in a statement that he wanted to help Hopkins continue to draw the best faculty and students and foster an inclusive and scholarly environment.

Kumar takes over for Robert C. Lieberman, who announced in February he was stepping down as provost to return to research and teaching full-time at the university’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.

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