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Wendland appointed Washington University provost


Beverly Wendland, the James B. Knapp Dean of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, has been appointed provost of Washington University in St. Louis, effective July 1, according to Chancellor Andrew D. Martin. Wendland will succeed Marion Crain, who has served as interim provost since July 2019.

A member of the Johns Hopkins faculty in the Department of Biology since 1998, Wendland has served as dean of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences since 2015, overseeing 22 highly ranked academic departments representing the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.

“I’m thrilled that Beverly Wendland has accepted our offer to become Washington University’s next provost,” Martin said. “We could not have found a better person to assume this role, and I’m extremely confident that she will provide strong, smart and dynamic leadership to our academic enterprise. She is an accomplished scholar and talented administrator, and we’re extremely fortunate to be bringing her to St. Louis.

“I’m thankful to the search committee for its diligence in identifying the best candidates in higher education to consider for this position,” Martin added. “I also want to express my appreciation to Marion Crain for stepping in as interim provost during the transition. She has very generously served the university in a multitude of ways, and we are grateful.”

During her tenure as dean, Wendland led the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences through a highly successful capital campaign that raised $747 million, and was instrumental in the establishment of the SNF Agora Institute, a hub for research, teaching and practice to strengthen global democracy. She also oversaw enhanced strengthening and personalization of undergraduate education, including expansion of small seminar courses, greater use of active learning methods, increased research opportunities in all disciplines, and partnership with Johns Hopkins professional schools, as well as summer outreach programs.

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