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Dean of Hopkins engineering school appointed Penn State provost

Nicholas P. Jones, dean of the Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering, has been named the new executive vice president and provost at Penn State University, the college announced Friday.

Jones was selected from a nationwide search, according to a release from the university, and will start his post on July 1. His appointment is scheduled to be approved by Penn State's Board of Trustees on May 3.

Penn State's president Rodney Erickson, who recently served in the position, said Jones "brings with him board experience in higher education" and "will be an important voice as we continue our trajectory of top-flight academic achievement and set priorities for the university's future."

Jones joined the Hopkins faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering in 1986, the release said, and went on to chair the department in 1999. He headed to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2002 and 2004, before returning to Hopkins to serve as dean of Hopkins' School of Engineering in 2004.

"I look forward to working with university leaders and the Board of Trustees, and the university's world-class faculty, staff and students, at a time of challenge, yet significant opportunity in higher education," Jones said in a statement released by Penn State.

Jones will take over the post from Robert Pangborn, who has served in the interim since 2011.

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