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Deutch withdraws from Johns Hopkins search


By Linda D'Angelo

Provost John M. Deutch '61 withdrew from consideration for the presidency of John Hopkins University last Wednesday. Deutch was one of two finalists selected by the search committee from 300 applicants.

Deutch withdrew from consideration for personal reasons, according to Morris W. Offit, vice chairman of the Hopkins trustees and chairman of the search committee. "He thought through the Hopkins job and his own educational and personal desires and he decided it was in his best interest to withdraw," Offit told The Baltimore Sun.

The withdrawal comes just one week after Deutch traveled to Baltimore to interview with Hopkins deans and search committee members, according to The Sun.

With Deutch's withdrawal, search committee officials have recommended that William Richardson, currently executive vice president and provost of Pennsylvania State University, be named Hopkins' 11th president.

Committee officials expect their recommendation to be confirmed by the university's full board of trustees today.

Defense ties at issue

Deutch has been a member of the Defense Science Board, a group of academics and Pentagon officials which advises the secretary of defense on defense policy, for nearly two decades.

Since John Hopkins, like MIT, manages federally-sponsored defense research laboratories -- accounting for more than half of Hopkins' annual research dollars -- search officials were impressed by Deutch's expertise in defense policy and research.

However, some Hopkins faculty questioned whether a president with such a strong defense background would be the best choice for Hopkins in this time of lessening world tensions and diminishing defense budgets, according to The Sun.

Deutch is still a candidate for the MIT presidency and his strong ties to defense have also generated criticism from Institute faculty and students.