Johns Hopkins launches search for Center for Talented Youth director

Johns Hopkins University is conducting an international search for the next executive director of the Center for Talented Youth, a world leader in gifted education dedicated to developing the talents of academically advanced pre-college students from all backgrounds.

"CTY takes some of the world's brightest and most promising young people, challenges and nurtures them, and helps to mold them into the difference-makers of tomorrow."
Sunil Kumar
Provost, Johns Hopkins University

The next director will work together with university leadership and CTY's staff to continue the center's transformative work with young advanced learners, succeeding Elaine Tuttle Hansen, who will step down at the end of the calendar year after seven and a half years leading CTY.

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to share their thoughts and confidential nominations with members of the search committee, which is being co-chaired by David Savitt, professor and chair of mathematics in JHU's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences; and Amy Shelton, director of research at CTY and associate dean for research in the School of Education.

"CTY takes some of the world's brightest and most promising young people, challenges and nurtures them, and helps to mold them into the difference-makers of tomorrow," JHU Provost Sunil Kumar said. "We're looking for a visionary leader who is passionate about working with these advanced learners and who can build on the center's decades of transformative work in this area."

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, founded in 1979 by a Johns Hopkins psychology professor, identifies top students in grades K through 12 and provides challenging summer residential programs, distance education, international programs, and family academic programs. At CTY, these students have the chance to participate in educational opportunities they would not experience anywhere else and to find a safe, welcoming circle of peers, as well as mentors and teachers who understand advanced students.

There are nearly 166,000 CTY alumni around the world, including members of the National Academies, MacArthur Fellows, a Fields Medalist, prominent artists and journalists, and industry leaders such as the founders of Facebook and Google.

More information about the search is available on CTY's website.

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