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Five new deans appointed at JHU

By Euna Lhee | September 12, 2002

The University appointed five new deans this summer, including Dean of Enrollment and Academic Services William Conley, Dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Jessica Einhorn, Dean of The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Martha N. Hill, Dean of University Libraries Winston Tabb and Dean of the Krieger Arts and Sciences Daniel Weiss.

William Conley, former dean of undergraduate admissions at Case Western Reserve University, began his term as the Dean of Enrollment and Academic Services on the Homewood campus in August 2002.

He mainly supervises undergraduate admissions, student financial services, the office of the registrar, academic advising for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and pre-professional advising and career center for both the Krieger School and Whiting School of Engineering.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to contribute to The Johns Hopkins University community," Conley said. "It is an extraordinary university with the potential to stand even taller among the most competitive universities in the country.

"I have been in university admission work for the past twenty-two years, and this deanship is a wonderful opportunity to lead a broad-based enrollment and academic services team in support of a creative recruitment and retention effort."

Conley hopes to work in partnership with Dean of Student Life Susan Boswell and her student affairs staff in ensuring the development of programs and processes that support the "whole student."

"There is a significant commitment among the campus leadership to make Hopkins a place that celebrates both scholarship and personal growth," Conley said. "I want to be a major contributor to that mission."

Former managing director of the World Bank Jessica Einhorn became the Dean of SAIS on June 1, 2002. The first SAIS graduate serving as dean, Einhorn "is highly regarded internationally for her knowledge of global capital markets, public finance and portfolio risk management," according to the JHU online biographies.

"I feel privileged and challenged to become the Dean of SAIS," Einhorn said. "This being [near September 11,] it's a resonant time to be thinking of international affairs. We're keenly aware of the field of international affairs in our future."

Einhorn succeeds Paul Wolfowitz, who resigned in February 2001 when he was named deputy secretary of defense in the Bush administration.

"Former Dean Wolfowitz left a terrific legacy," Einhorn said. "I look forward to working with students and faculty in preparing the students for future careers and sustaining the environment for research and education."

A Johns Hopkins faculty member for 22 years, Martha Hill was named Dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in July 2002.

According to JHU news releases, she is a "national leader in research aimed at understanding and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in health care."

Hill has said that she anticipates that the school will become increasingly involved with its work in underserved communities, including those near its home in East Baltimore.

"The school is beautifully poised to continue its maturation as a nationally ranked institution preparing nursing leaders," Hill said to JHU news release. "Our challenge is to maintain the academic and research excellence while we expand the school's visibility and scope."

Former associate librarian at the Library of Congress Winston Tabb was appointed Dean of University Libraries and Director of the Sheridan Libraries in September 2002.

As the Dean of Libraries, Tabb manages the integration of new information technologies throughout the libraries and endorses the role of libraries within the academic community.

In addition, he oversees and coordinates Johns Hopkins' entire network of libraries, which includes the Welch Medical Library and its connected libraries; the Mason Library at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.; the Friedheim Library at the Peabody Conservatory; and libraries at The Johns Hopkins regional campuses and centers for part-time study in Washington, D.C.; Rockville, Md.; Columbia, Md.; and downtown Baltimore.

"As dean, I want everyone on campus to feel that the library is here to serve their intellectual needs," Tabb said. "Great academic libraries like the Sheridan Libraries exist to serve faculty and students, and our success has to be judged by our effectiveness in fulfilling that mission.

"In my very brief tenure at the Libraries thus far, I detect a very strong service attitude, which is gratifying."

Daniel Weiss, an art historian who was a member of the JHU faculty since 1993, became dean of the University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in July 2002.

The school's dean of faculty in the previous academic year, Weiss, as senior advisor to former Dean Richard McCarty, was influential in Krieger School's development and adoption in 2001 of a new strategic plan, which called for a concentration on providing the faculty with needed resources in order to maintain Johns Hopkins' leadership in chosen disciplines, boosting faculty diversity, encouraging departmental and interdisciplinary programs and carrying out the school's commitment to the undergraduate experience.

Weiss has stated that his top priority is the implementation of this plan.

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