Medical Professor Minor Named Hopkins Provost

University Otolaryngology Chief Praised As Consensus Builder

August 22, 2009|By Childs Walker | Childs Walker,childs.walker@baltsun.com

Johns Hopkins medical professor Lloyd Minor will become the university's new provost, or chief academic officer, Hopkins announced Friday.

Minor, 52, has been a Hopkins professor since 1993 and has led the medical school's head and neck (otolaryngology) department for six years.

In announcing the appointment to the university's No. 2 post, Hopkins President Ronald Daniels lauded Minor's commitment to scholarship and his skills as a consensus builder.

"His passion is surpassed only by his ability to build consensus and implement ambitious, strategic priorities that are characterized by an uncompromising commitment to academic excellence," Daniels said in a statement.

Daniels noted that Minor has recruited gifted faculty, helped raise his department's research funding by more than 50 percent and helped increase its clinical activity by 30 percent.

As a researcher, Minor has published more than 100 articles, with a particular focus on how the body perceives head motion and maintains balance. In the 1990s, he discovered small openings in the inner ear that cause dizziness and developed a surgical procedure for closing them.

He proved just as successful as an administrator, said Edward D. Miller, dean of the School of Medicine, who praised Minor's people skills. "We are all excited at the closer collaboration and forging of ties across the university that Lloyd's appointment promises," Miller said.

Though the Homewood campus and the medical campus in East Baltimore are often seen as distinct entities, Minor said students and professors on each are eager to get past that notion.

"I think there are lots of opportunities to build programs that will bridge the two campuses," he said. "There's a real thirst for those collaborations, and I really enjoy bringing people together."

Minor, a native of Little Rock, Ark., will succeed Kristina Johnson, who left this year to work in the administration of President Barack Obama. The university conducted a nationwide search but chose an internal candidate in part to balance its recent selection of an outsider, Daniels, as president.

The university's academic deans report to the provost, and he will oversee accreditation, research collaborations between schools and compliance with federal regulations, among other universitywide issues.

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