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Sunil Kumar

Provost
Johns Hopkins University

Sunil Kumar became the 15th provost of Johns Hopkins University in September 2016. He is the chief academic officer and second-ranking member of the senior administration and is responsible for promoting and coordinating the school’s teaching and research mission.

He oversees the university’s nine schools as well as several interdisciplinary programs and academic centers. He also chairs the university’s inaugural Tenure Advisory Committee.

Kumar previously served as the dean of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and spent 14 years on the faculty of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was the Fred H. Merrill Professor of Operations, Information and Technology. He was also associate dean for academic affairs, where he oversaw the school’s MBA program.

He earned his Master of Engineering in computer science and automation from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, and a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

His research includes performance evaluation and control of manufacturing systems, service operations, and communications networks. His focus is to use mathematical models to study systems that are affected by stochastic variability.

Kumar was recently among university leaders who announced a plan to require faculty and staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 — with exceptions medical and religious exceptions — to promote public health and support the school’s operations this fall.