British university taps Hopkins dean


The founding dean of the Johns Hopkins University G. W. C. Whiting School of Engineering was named yesterday to head the University of Bath in Britain.

David VandeLinde, dean of the engineering school since it was reestablished at Hopkins 13 years ago, will become vice chancellor of the British university in July 1992. The post is the equivalent of university president on U.S. campuses.

The University of Bath has 4,400 students and 400 faculty.

Dr. VandeLinde, 48, said in a statement that in recent years he had been "committed to bringing engineers -- and educators in general -- together in the world community, across international boundaries, and this is a wonderful opportunity to advance that interest."

He is the second Hopkins official in two years to be tapped as a university president. Former Provost John V. Lombardi became president of the University of Florida last year.

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