Nicholas P. Jones
Nicholas P. Jones, a finalist for the position of chancellor at UW-Madison, meets with faculty, staff and students during a public reception at the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on March 5, 2013. Jones is the Benjamin T. Rome Dean of the Whiting School of Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)
In his own words:
There are many things that attract me to this opportunity. Chief among them is the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s vision, which I think is captured well through the Wisconsin Idea, and its values, as exemplified by its people. The institution’s commitment to excellence in a wide range of areas from technology and science to the liberal arts to its professional schools is evident, and to me, very exciting, as is the institution’s dedication to educating students with both a breadth and a depth that I think is only achieved by a handful of great universities. I am also excited that Madison’s vision is guided and implemented through a thoughtfully and inclusively crafted strategic plan.
I’ve had the privilege of experiencing leadership roles in both private institutions — Johns Hopkins — and public — at the University of Illinois — and not always in the most favorable of economic conditions. At Johns Hopkins, I have had the opportunity to guide innovative and expanding undergraduate and graduate educational programs, both full-time and part-time. We have had great success through facilitating collaborative research endeavors involving engineering faculty connecting with counterparts in a diverse array of schools and disciplines. Telling our story, and through fundraising developing the resources necessary for the school to thrive, has also been a major focus during my tenure. I see great opportunities to apply these experiences to UW-Madison and to help move the institution forward in a creative and sustainable manner.
I was struck as I read the position profile at how much it resonated with me personally, both in terms of the aspiration that UW-Madison clearly has for its future and the characteristics that it is seeking in its next leader. I appreciate and embrace the mission of a great public university. I would very much welcome the opportunity to be a part of moving the University of Wisconsin-Madison forward, and I am honored to be considered for this role.