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JHU president's contract extended five years

Ronald J. Daniels, president of the Johns Hopkins University, has been given a contract extension to lead the school for five more years, according to an announcement posted by the university Thursday.

According to the announcement, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend Daniels' contract.

In a statement, board chairman Jeffrey H. Aronson said that the board extended Daniels' contract because he could "build upon our tremendous strengths, and develop a lasting consensus for what Johns Hopkins can, should, and will be in the 21st century."

Daniels took his post in March 2009. He is credited with leading the university's largest and most successful fundraising campaign, investing heavily in more faculty and financial aid, and his tenure noted an increase in undergraduate admissions and a more diverse student body.

His administration has also been heavily involved in community revitalization initiatives, including the massive facelift of East Baltimore neighborhoods surrounding Hopkins.

"This university is built on a tradition of daring and excellence," Daniels said in a statement included in the announcement. "As we embark on the next five years, it is my privilege to honor that tradition and my goal to support the women and men of Johns Hopkins as they strive for even greater impact and achievement."


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