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Ronald J. Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins University since 2009, has often said that Hopkins is “truly and proudly of Baltimore.”

That allegiance has sparked many of the initiatives he has backed to support the economic, social and educational well-being of the city.

He expanded Hopkins’ partnerships with Baltimore schools, including construction of the first new school built in east Baltimore in more than 20 years, and HopkinsLocal, an expansion of Johns Hopkins University and Health System that has resulted in jobs for more than 1,400 workers from the city’s poorest neighborhoods. He also has built on Hopkins’ commitment to a revitalization plan near the Hopkins Campus in east Baltimore and led the Homewood Community Partners Initiative, which has leveraged more than $200 million in investments to strengthen the physical, social and economic well-being of 10 neighborhoods around the Homewood campus.

Daniels has written numerous scholarly articles several books, most recently “What Universities Owe Democracy,” which discusses the role universities play in sustaining democratic societies at a critical moment in history.

Daniels earned his LLM from Yale University and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Before he came to Johns Hopkins, he was provost and professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania and dean and James M. Tory Professor of Law at the University of Toronto.