Ronald J. Daniels

Ronald Joel Daniels CM (born 1959) is the current president of The Johns Hopkins University, a position which he assumed on March 2, 2009.[1] Daniels' tenure in this role has been extended twice, and is currently set to run through 2024.[2] Previously, Daniels was the vice-president and provost at the University of Pennsylvania,[3] and prior to this was dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.[4] Daniels received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Toronto, where he was editor-in-chief of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review,[5] and his LL.M. degree from Yale Law School.

Ronald J. Daniels

14th President of
The Johns Hopkins University
Assumed office
March 2, 2009
Preceded byWilliam R. Brody
Personal details
Born1959 (age 5960)
Toronto, Ontario
Spouse(s)Joanne Rosen
ResidenceBaltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Toronto, Yale Law School
ProfessionAcademic, University administrator
Awards Order of Canada
WebsiteJHU Office of the President

In December 2016, Daniels was invested into the Order of Canada at the grade of Member.[6] He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2018.[7]

Early Career

Daniels was provost and professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania and dean and James M. Tory Professor of Law at the University of Toronto. He has advised several Canadian governments on a host of policy issues, including chairing the Ontario Panel of the Future of Government, the Market Design Committee (defining market structure of new competitive electricity markets in Ontario), and the Ontario Government Task Force on Securities Regulation and the Reform of Accounting Standards; he also served on the Toronto Stock Exchange Committee on Corporate Governance in Canada.[8]

Presidency of Johns Hopkins University

Since March 1, 2009, Ronald J. Daniels has served as the 14th president of The Johns Hopkins University. In 2013, Daniels announced the creation of Ten by Twenty, the university’s first comprehensive strategic plan, setting goals for the school through 2020.[9] In March 2015, Daniels released the first Ten by Twenty progress report. At the same time, he announced the launch of the Johns Hopkins Idea Lab [10], a source of crowdsourcing initiatives from the Johns Hopkins community. The Idea Lab was inspired by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory's Ignition Grants. [11] Winners of the Idea Lab competition win $20,000 to support their initiative.

Daniels serves as the chair of the executive committee of Johns Hopkins Medicine – the entity linking the Johns Hopkins Health System and the university’s School of Medicine. Daniels has worked closely with health system leadership through several strategic acquisitions and partnerships across health-related industry sectors.

Daniels has made attempts to strengthen Johns Hopkins' ties to Baltimore with programs such as HopkinsLocal, which hired hundreds of employees from within economically deprived neighborhoods in the city.[12] The University has partnered with several city schools, and helped create the Henderson-Hopkins elementary/middle school, the first new school in East Baltimore built in 20 years.[13] Daniels played a pivotal role in securing funding for the renovation of the historic Parkway Theater in the Station North area of the city.[14]

One of Daniels' major initiatives has been the controversial[15] $1.8 billion, 88-acre East Baltimore Development Initiative (EBDI), a redevelopment of the Middle East neighborhood, adjacent to Hopkins' downtown hospital campus.[16] Alluding to the central importance of the project to his presidency, Daniels said "If EBDI fails, then my presidency at Hopkins fails."[17] The redevelopment has been praised by some in Baltimore, and counts as partners the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies and others.[18] The EBDI has also been criticized as gentrification and an example of a "big institution pushing out a vulnerable community for its benefit" by city activists and academics.[19][20]

In 2018, citing the "brazenness" of crime in Baltimore, Daniels appealed to Maryland's legislature to give Johns Hopkins the power to create a police force of its own to patrol its campus.[21] A community consultation process was conducted in Fall of 2018[22], after a first attempt to pass it through the legislature stalled.[23] Daniels made door-to-door visits in East Baltimore, canvassing for the plan and seeking input from people in the neighborhood.[24] Creation of a Hopkins police force received the support of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, then-Mayor Catherine Pugh and Hopkins alumni Michael Bloomberg, among others.[25] However, the proposal also met with opposition from activists and community leaders, including 90 university professors at Hopkins and, according to a student government poll, 75% of JHU's undergraduate student body.[26] Ultimately, the Maryland General Assembly gave approval to Hopkins to form the force in April, 2019.[27] Following the vote, student protesters occupied Garland Hall, the administration building of JHU's Homewood Campus for over a month, eventually locking Daniels and other administrators out of the building. Following the lockout, Daniels announced students that did not leave peacefully risked suspension or expulsion from the university.[28] Finally, on May 8th, the protesters were removed and arrested (though not prosecuted[28]) by Baltimore City Police.[29]


  • A generation at risk: Young investigators and the future of the biomedical workforce, Ronald J. Daniels (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2015).
  • How to Reverse the Graying of Scientific Research, Ronald J. Daniels and Paul Rothman (Wall Street Journal, March 4, 2014).
  • Rule of Law Reform and Development: Charting the Fragile Path of Progress, Michael J. Trebilcock and Ronald J. Daniels (Cheltenham: Elgar Press, 2008).
  • On Risk and Disaster: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina, Ronald J. Daniels, Donald F. Kettl & Howard Kunreuther, eds, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005).
  • Rethinking the Welfare State: Government by Voucher, Ronald J. Daniels & Michael J. Trebilcock (London: Routledge, 2005).
  • The Security of Freedom, Ronald J. Daniels, Patrick Macklem & Kent Roach, eds, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001).
  • Corporate Decision-Making in Canada (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 1995).
  • Ontario Hydro at the Millennium (Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1995).
  • "Corporate Governance in Canada" (Fall 1995) Canadian Business Law Journal.
  • "Special Issue on the Corporate Stakeholder Debate: The Classical Theory and its Critics" (1993) 43(3) University of Toronto Law Journal.
  • Cases and Materials on Partnerships and Canadian Business Corporations, Third Edition, J.S. Ziegel, Ronald J. Daniels, J. G. MacIntosh & D. Johnston (Toronto: Carswell & Company, 1994).


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  19. Mitter, Siddhartha (2018-04-18). "Gentrify or die? Inside a university's controversial plan for Baltimore". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  20. Duncan, Ian (2018-12-06). "Hopkins president: 'Brazenness' of crime means university likely to renew push for campus police force". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  21. Wenger, Yvonne (2018-10-23). "Johns Hopkins seeks community input on renewed effort to increase security, create possible police force". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  22. Knezevich, Erin Cox, Scott Dance, Alison (2018-03-30). "Baltimore lawmakers halt proposal to create Johns Hopkins police force". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
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  24. Broadwater, Luke (2019-02-08). "Despite intensive lobbying effort, Johns Hopkins private police legislation faces uncertain future". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  25. Reutter, Mark (2019-02-20). "Johns Hopkins plan for a private police force splits communities and the student body". Baltimore Brew. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  26. Calvert, Scott (2019-04-02). "Maryland Lawmakers Approve Armed Police Force at Johns Hopkins". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  27. AP (2019-05-08). "The Latest: Baltimore will not prosecute arrested students". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
  28. Shen, Fern (2019-05-08). "Protest at Johns Hopkins against private police force ends in blowtorches, arrests and tears". Baltimore Brew. Retrieved 2019-05-18.
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