Art history chairman named dean at JHU


The longtime chairman of art history has been appointed dean of arts and sciences at the Johns Hopkins University, assuming leadership of a school that has been troubled by the defection of distinguished faculty members.

Herbert L. Kessler, the Charlotte Bloomberg professor of art history, was approved as dean of the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences during a telephone conference yesterday of the executive committee of the university's board of trustees.

Kessler, 56, is the second new dean announced this week. Hopkins' board, meeting in New York on Sunday, approved hiring Ilene Busch-Vishniac, a University of Texas mechanical engineering professor, to run the Whiting School of Engineering.

Dennis O'Shea, a university spokesman, said President William R. Brody had not recommended Kessler's appointment to the board Sunday because it had not been made final.

Pub Date: 5/07/98

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