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A. James Clark Endows Engineering Deanship
May 15, 2008

A. James Clark, a leading commercial builder and university trustee emeritus, has committed $10 million to The Johns Hopkins University to endow the deanship of the university’s Whiting School of Engineering in honor of his mentor and business colleague, Benjamin T. Rome.

Mr. Clark’s gift will establish the Benjamin T. Rome Deanship in the Whiting School. In making the new gift, Mr. Clark sought to pay tribute to his business mentor and to express his confidence in the current leadership in the Whiting School of Engineering. The present dean, Nicholas P. Jones, a former chair of the school’s Department of Civil Engineering, was appointed to the post in August 2004.

Mr. Rome, who died in 1994, was a 1925 civil engineering graduate of Johns Hopkins. He received an honorary doctorate from the university in 1982. Mr. Rome generously supported the university’s School of Advanced International Studies, especially its China Studies Program. One of the two SAIS buildings in Washington, D.C., bears Mr. Rome’s name.

Mr. Clark is a former member of the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine. He previously donated $10 million toward construction of a three-story building for biomedical engineering research and education on the university’s Homewood campus. That building, named Clark Hall in his honor, opened in 2001.

A formal ceremony for dedication of the new engineering school deanship will take place in the fall.

Mr. Clark’s $10 million commitment for the engineering school deanship counts toward the $3.2 billion goal of the Johns Hopkins: Knowledge for the World campaign, which is scheduled to conclude in December, 2008. As of April 30, 2008 total commitments to the campaign had reached $3.15 billion. The campaign, which benefits both The Johns Hopkins University and The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, has focused on endowment for student aid and faculty support; research, academic, and clinical initiatives; and building and upgrading facilities on all Johns Hopkins campuses.

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