Ron Daniels hit the road this spring to meet alumni and friends and share his vision for the university. At events in eight cities, he spoke about the themes of his early presidency: promoting individual excellence among faculty and scholars, including an initiative to admit the brightest students, regardless of their ability to pay; strengthening the notion of “one Johns Hopkins” by fostering more interdisciplinary work; and bolstering the university’s civic engagement.
His journey will continue in November with Rising to the Challenge events in Boston and San Francisco, and plans are in the works for another visit to Chicago. Find out when he’ll be in a city near you and join the conversation at rising.jhu.edu/facebook.
San Francisco, February 18
Discussing his vision of nourishing individual accomplishment, Daniels said that stretching to make admissions decisions based solely on merit is “the only way we can continue to compete for the brightest minds and ensure the promise of equal opportunity for students of equal merit.” Learn more about how Johns Hopkins University is working to attract the best students at opportunity.jhu.edu.
Baltimore, March 1
No jet lag on this stop. Daniels crossed the Homewood campus to greet local alumni at a Meet the President event in Mason Hall. Watch his speech at alumni.jhu.edu/meetthepresident.
Washington, D.C., March 3
Daniels took a moment at this event, in an auditorium at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, to celebrate the announcement of another collaboration between the university and local communities: The National Cancer Institute will soon call the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus home.
Philadelphia, May 8
Delving into the idea of one university, Daniels said, “Truly great universities foster the capacity of faculty and students to dream broadly and to transcend academic silos, bridging disciplinary boundaries in the service of understanding the social and scientific challenges of the day.”
Los Angeles, March 9
Daniels joined faculty experts for the first Rising to the Challenge event, which featured two panel discussions covering advances in medicine and science and tackling the university’s role in today’s global challenges. Listen to the discussions at rising.jhu.edu. “We had panelists representing the entire spectrum of biology,” said David G. Nichols, Bus ’00 (MBA), a leader at the School of Medicine and panel moderator. “The fact that this interdisciplinary work is going on right here at Johns Hopkins is just tremendous.”
Chicago, March 15
“I see my role as a convener of the conversations that will shape our destiny,” Daniels said. “One of the most important things I have been able to do over the past year is simply listen.” Share your thoughts with him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston, March 16
Local chapter president De McKeown, Engr ’94, introduced Daniels as a “staunch advocate of interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching. …[He is] deeply committed to universities encouraging global understanding and has promoted their engagement with local, national, and international issues.”