President Daniels

Meet President Daniels

Ronald J. Daniels has served as the 14th president of Johns Hopkins University since 2009. Under his leadership, Johns Hopkins continues its preeminence in education, patient care, and innovative discovery, and has continued its more than 40-year span as the recipient of more competitively allocated federal research funding than any other university in the country.

During his tenure, Daniels has focused his efforts on several key areas: strengthening inter-disciplinary collaboration in research and education, enhancing student access, deepening engagement with the city of Baltimore, and supporting economic and social innovation. These priorities are embedded in the university’s first comprehensive strategic planning document—the Ten by Twenty—and the $6 billion Rising to the Challenge campaign and continue to shape the direction of Johns Hopkins as it approaches its 150th anniversary.

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Leadership Priorities

Through his leadership, President Daniels has played a key role in strengthening and expanding Johns Hopkins’ community engagement in Baltimore and beyond; championing individual excellence and access in higher education; nurturing collaboration that spans disciplines and reflects the diversity of ideas, experiences and thought that fuel innovation; and arguing for the indispensable role that universities like ours can and must play in fostering democratic societies.

Johns Hopkins President Ron Daniels and staff celebrate with community members the expansion of the Live Near Your Work program at an event in Johnston Square Park. The event, which included the announcement of the expansion of the program into six neighborhoods in East Baltimore, included tours of the neighborhoods as well as remarks by President Daniels, Mayor Jack Young, and other city leaders.
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Commitment to Community

As President Daniels often says, Johns Hopkins is not only in Baltimore, but truly and proudly of Baltimore, and the success and well-being of Johns Hopkins is inextricably linked to the success and wellbeing of the city we call home. Under Daniels’ leadership, the university has meaningfully deepened and expanded Johns Hopkins’ commitment to our neighbors and communities in Baltimore through the creation of far-reaching economic, educational and healthcare initiatives in partnership with Baltimore residents and city leaders.

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One University

This One University spirit has fueled new scholarly investigation in areas from climate change, to the challenges of democracy, to precision medicine, and it animates our university’s aims under JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion to advance diversity, equity and inclusion on our campuses.

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Individual Excellence

As America’s first research university, Johns Hopkins has defined the modern American institution of higher education for almost a century and a half. We are committed to a simple premise: to be the best place in the world to grow, discover, and achieve. To continue that legacy, we must attract the most talented minds and, once they are here, help them realize their full promise and potential. Under President Daniels’ leadership, the university has worked to foster the excellence of our faculty, students and staff and has dramatically increased accessibility for talented students from all backgrounds.

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Democratic Engagement

Since 2010, the share of the global population living in democracies has declined from 52% to 32%. President Daniels has strongly advocated for the indispensable role universities play in democracy through the promotion of social mobility, civic education, public trust in facts and expertise, and engagement across difference. From the 2017 launch of the SNF Agora Institute to the inaugural Democracy Day for incoming students in 2021, he has championed actions and policies aimed at renewing universities’ compact with democracy.

Leadership Priorities

Through his leadership, President Daniels has played a key role in strengthening and expanding Johns Hopkins’ community engagement in Baltimore and beyond; championing individual excellence and access in higher education; nurturing collaboration that spans disciplines and reflects the diversity of ideas, experiences and thought that fuel innovation; and arguing for the indispensable role that universities like ours can and must play in fostering democratic societies.

Johns Hopkins President Ron Daniels and staff celebrate with community members the expansion of the Live Near Your Work program at an event in Johnston Square Park. The event, which included the announcement of the expansion of the program into six neighborhoods in East Baltimore, included tours of the neighborhoods as well as remarks by President Daniels, Mayor Jack Young, and other city leaders.
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Commitment to Community

As President Daniels often says, Johns Hopkins is not only in Baltimore, but truly and proudly of Baltimore, and the success and well-being of Johns Hopkins is inextricably linked to the success and wellbeing of the city we call home. Under Daniels’ leadership, the university has meaningfully deepened and expanded Johns Hopkins’ commitment to our neighbors and communities in Baltimore through the creation of far-reaching economic, educational and healthcare initiatives in partnership with Baltimore residents and city leaders.

Read more

Innovation icon

One University

This One University spirit has fueled new scholarly investigation in areas from climate change, to the challenges of democracy, to precision medicine, and it animates our university’s aims under JHU Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion to advance diversity, equity and inclusion on our campuses.

Read more

Young Scientists icon

Individual Excellence

As America’s first research university, Johns Hopkins has defined the modern American institution of higher education for almost a century and a half. We are committed to a simple premise: to be the best place in the world to grow, discover, and achieve. To continue that legacy, we must attract the most talented minds and, once they are here, help them realize their full promise and potential. Under President Daniels’ leadership, the university has worked to foster the excellence of our faculty, students and staff and has dramatically increased accessibility for talented students from all backgrounds.

Read more

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Democratic Engagement

Since 2010, the share of the global population living in democracies has declined from 52% to 32%. President Daniels has strongly advocated for the indispensable role universities play in democracy through the promotion of social mobility, civic education, public trust in facts and expertise, and engagement across difference. From the 2017 launch of the SNF Agora Institute to the inaugural Democracy Day for incoming students in 2021, he has championed actions and policies aimed at renewing universities’ compact with democracy.

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At a time when democracies around the world and at home seem more fragile than we ever imagined, universities like ours have no choice but to renew our commitment to keep the idea of democracy alive, vibrant, and strong.

Highlighted Speeches, Articles, and Media

October 7, 2021
MSNBC: Teach democracy and civics to all college students, says Johns Hopkins president President Daniels joins "Morning Joe" to discuss the role of universities in democracy, the subject of his new book, "What Universities Owe Democracy."
October 3, 2021
The Atlantic: Universities Are Shunning Their Responsibility to Democracy Institutions of higher education have remained, at best, bit players in the project of educating the citizenry.
September 28, 2021
Washington Post op-ed: Why authoritarian regimes attack independent universities Time and again, history shows that autocratic regimes cannot abide independent universities.