March 08, 2018
Farnam Jahanian Named President of Carnegie Mellon University
Farnam Jahanian, the nationally recognized computer scientist, successful entrepreneur, senior public servant and respected leader in higher education, has been appointed as the 10th president of Carnegie Mellon University.
Initially joining Carnegie Mellon in 2014 as vice president of research, Jahanian was appointed provost shortly after in 2015, where his responsibilities included leading CMU's schools, institutes and campuses as well as being instrumental in long-range institutional and academic planning and implementation. In 2017, Jahanian was appointed interim president and has since become a vocal proponent of Pittsburgh's vital tech scene and the role that academia, government and industry can play together to advance the region's leadership as an innovation hub.
Richard Scheines, dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, praised the Board of Trustees’ decision in an email to the college, writing, “Farnam truly understands what makes CMU tick, and he loves the institution and its people. He is a bold man with real vision but also real integrity. His work to push us forward with respect to the student experience, diversity and inclusion and interdisciplinary research and education have already made a difference.”