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Ronald J. Daniels

Daily Record Staff//April 28, 2023

Ronald J. Daniels

By Daily Record Staff

//April 28, 2023


Higher Education Power ListRonald J. Daniels

President, Johns Hopkins University

His focus over his nearly 15-year tenure has been on expanding student access and support, strengthening interdisciplinary collaboration in research and education, enhancing the Hopkins experience for undergraduate and graduate students, deepening the university’s partnerships with Baltimore neighbors and supporting economic and social innovation.

Before his time in Baltimore, Daniels 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.

He holds a Master of Law degree from Yale University and a Juris Doctor and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto. Daniels has worked as a visiting professor and Coca-Cola World Fellow at Yale Law School and John M. Olin Visiting Fellow at Cornell Law School.

The author of “What Universities Owe Democracy,” Daniels is a voice speaking to the critical role higher education facilities play in sustaining democratic societies during a trying time for democracies. He has also co-authored seven other books and dozens of scholarly articles on the intersections of law, economics, development and public policy.

Daniels is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He received a Carnegie Corporation of New York Academic Leadership Award in 2015 and was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2016.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Higher Education Power List for 2023. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at

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