The Johns Hopkins University has named Robert C. Lieberman, an interim dean at Columbia University and an expert on American politics, to its No. 2 academic spot: provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.
He will take the post July 1, succeeding Lloyd B. Minor, who left last year to become dean of Stanford University's School of Medicine.
"Rob brings a scholarly record and leadership experience, clearly marked with the 'excellence gene,' that will make him a wonderful partner for me and the university's senior leadership team as we work to advance our mission," Hopkins' President Ronald J. Daniels said in a statement.
For the past two decades, Lieberman has taught at Columbia's School of International Public Affairs, or SIPA, where he restructured the institution's approach to global public policy education and attracted an "internationally accomplished" faculty, according to Columbia.
He became chair of the New York university's international and public affairs department in 2007, a vice dean of SIPA in 2009 and was named interim dean of the division in 2012.
Daniels said he expects Lieberman to "further nurture" at Hopkins the collaborative and creative approaches he developed at Columbia.
At Hopkins, Lieberman will be the chief academic officer, overseeing research at the school, which spends more than any other on such programs — $2.1 billion in fiscal year 2011 alone — and interacting with deans of the school's nine academic divisions.
"Johns Hopkins has been at the cutting edge of American higher education for more than 135 years, generating knowledge and applying ingenuity to the biggest questions we face as an increasingly global society," Lieberman said in a statement. "I'm excited by the challenge of helping a great university determine how and where it will make its next contributions."