Records of the Office of the Provost
- Office of the Provost (Organization)
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Biographical / Historical
The Vice President is to be the second ranking officer of the University, who will function as Acting President during the President's absence or illness. He will be expected generally to complement the President in function and activities and share the President's duties in external as well as internal relationships. He will have special responsibilities to coordinate the work of the academic Deans, the Vice President for Administration, and other officers with line responsibilities in the formulation and review of the University budget.... He will take leadership in continuing long-range planning of University activities and assuring the proper relationship between operating budgets and long-range plans.... Although the Vice President should have academic interests and significant academic qualifications, it is especially important that he have substantial administrative experience.... (Minutes of the Board of Trustees, October 19, 1970)
In January 1971, Gordon announced that Steven Muller had been chosen as the new provost (there is no evidence that the title "provost" was actually dropped, as was stated above). Muller received his B.A. from UCLA in 1948, studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and earned his Ph.D. in political science from Cornell in 1958. He taught briefly at Haverford College and then at Cornell, where he became vice president for public affairs in 1966. Shortly after naming Muller provost, Lincoln Gordon was forced to resign by the faculty. President Emeritus Milton Eisenhower returned to the presidency temporarily, until a permanent president could be found. In January 1972, ten months after assuming his duties as provost, Steven Muller was named president of the University. Harry Woolf came to Hopkins in 1962 as the first incumbent in the Willis K. Shepard Chair in the History of Science. He received his Ph.D. in 1955 from Cornell and had taught physics and the history of science at Boston University, Brandeis University, and the University of Washington. In April 1972, he assumed the duties of provost at Johns Hopkins. In August 1976, Woolf resigned his position at Hopkins in order to become director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.
To replace Woolf, the University again brought in someone from outside Hopkins. Richard P. Longaker, a professor of political science at UCLA, was appointed on November 1, 1976. Longaker had received a bachelor's degree from Swarthmore, a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1950 and the Ph.D. from Cornell in 1953. Longaker, like his predecessors, served as chief academic officer and acting president in the absence of the president, and presided over faculty assemblies, councils and boards in the University. In December 1986, Longaker resigned in order to return to Los Angeles as west coast representative for Hopkins. In the interim period between provosts, M. Gordon Wolman, professor of geography and environmental engineering, served as acting provost, until, in July 1987, John V. Lombardi arrived from Indiana University to assume the permanent position. Lombardi, who left his post as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana, holds a bachelor's degree from Pomona College and master's and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia. Prior to becoming dean at Indiana, Lombardi was a professor of history.
In November 1988, President Steven Muller announced that he would be devoting the majority of his time to fundraising. As a result, the Trustees approved conferring the duties of chief operating officer on Provost Lombardi, giving him responsibility for all day-to-day operations of the University in addition to academic affairs. In December 1989, Lombardi announced his resignation, in order to assume the position of president of the University of Florida. M. Gordon Wolman again served as Interm Provost until Joseph Cooper was named Provost in 1991. In January of 1995 Joseph Cooper resigned as Provost and returned to his position as a professor of political science at Johns Hopkins. Steven M. Knapp was appointed acting provost and in October of 1996 was officially appointed the Provost.
Scope and Contents
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Administrative support (university function)
- Berry, Edward Wilber, 1875-1945
- Bevan, William, 1922-
- Finance (university function)
- Johns Hopkins University
- Johns Hopkins University. Office of the Executive Vice President
- Longaker, Richard P.
- Muller, Steven, 1927-2013
- Office of the Provost
- Universities and colleges--Administration
- Woolf, Harry, 1923-2003
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