CRA Board Member Farnam Jahanian was recently appointed Interim President of Carnegie Mellon University.
Carnegie Mellon University’s Board of Trustees has appointed Farnam Jahanian, currently provost and chief academic officer, to serve as interim president of the university, effective July 1.
James E. Rohr, chairman of CMU’s Board of Trustees, said Jahanian’s appointment would help ensure a seamless transition.
“Dr. Jahanian will bring to this new role a deep understanding of the university’s strengths and opportunities, as well as strong, collaborative relationships with the deans, vice presidents and other campus leaders,” Rohr said. “He has had an enormous impact at CMU as provost, and I am confident he will provide Carnegie Mellon University with energetic and capable leadership, so we can continue to build on our extraordinary momentum.”
A nationally recognized computer scientist, entrepreneur and administrative leader with broad experience in higher education, government and the private sector, Jahanian came to CMU as vice president for research in 2014, and was appointed provost in 2015. As chief academic officer, he has broad responsibility for leading the university’s colleges, schools, institutes and campuses, in addition to significant responsibilities for long-range institutional and academic planning, including the university’s budgeting, facilities and other critical functions.
In 2015, Jahanian was the recipient of CRA’s Distinguished Service Award.