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December 10, 2006|By [Gadi Dechter] | [Gadi Dechter],Sun Reporter

Steven Knapp

Occupation

Provost of the Johns Hopkins University

In the news

After a dozen years at Hopkins, 10 of them as chief academic officer, Knapp will leave Baltimore to become the 16th president of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., officials announced last week. Knapp will start his new job in August. Knapp was also instrumental in securing a $50 million donation from the W.P. Carey Foundation, which Hopkins announced last week. The money will establish a business school.

Career highlights

An English scholar who specializes in 18th- and 19th-century literature and literary theory, Knapp spent 16 years on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, where he co-founded the interdisciplinary journal Representations. He became Hopkins' dean of arts and sciences in 1994, and moved to the provost's office two years later. He earned his bachelor's degree in 1973 from Yale University, and his doctorate from Cornell University in 1981.

Personal

Knapp, 55, grew up in northern New Jersey and lives with his wife, Diane, on a sheep farm in Sparks. They have a son, Jesse, and a daughter, Sarah. Many of Knapp's two-dozen sheep are named for flora, including Milkweed and Mimosa.

Philosophy

"What I really enjoy doing is making connections among resources that are already there, and bringing people together in ways that are of mutual benefit and actually do contribute, ultimately, to American society."

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