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Deutch in running for Johns Hopkins presidency

Deutch in running for

Johns Hopkins presidency

By Annabelle Boyd

MIT Provost John M. Deutch '61 is reportedly one of the two leading candidates to be the next president of Johns Hopkins University. Hopkins is expected to name its new president at the end of January.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Deutch and Pennsylvania State University administrator William C. Richardson were both in Baltimore last week to interview with Hopkins deans and members of the search committee.

Deutch is still a candidate for the presidency of MIT.

According to The Sun, Hopkins faculty and administrators are impressed by Deutch's "intellectual capabilities" and his expertise in defense policy and research.

Like MIT, Hopkins manages federally sponsored defense research laboratories that account for more than half of its annual research dollars.

Since 1970, Deutch has been a member of the Defense Science Board, a select group of academics and Pentagon officials that advises the secretary of defense on defense policy.

A chemist by training, Deutch joined the MIT faculty in 1970, was named dean of the School of Science in 1982 and provost in 1985. He earned his undergraduate degree from Amherst College and his master's and doctoral degrees in physical chemistry from MIT.

According to The Sun, some Hopkins faculty question whether Deutch's expertise in defense and his corporate ties are right for the university at a time of lessening world tensions and likely reductions in the US defense budget. The Sun also suggested that Deutch's management style -- which some have labeled abrasive -- might be a factor.