Vice provost named for institutional research

Sean Fahey of the Applied Physics Laboratory has been tapped as the university's first vice provost for institutional research. In his new role, which he assumed Oct. 15, Fahey is responsible for data and analysis that support academic planning and contribute to the university's achievement of long-term goals.

In an email announcing the appointment to the Johns Hopkins community, Jonathan Bagger, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said, "Sean's analytical expertise, cross-disciplinary experience, and demonstrated success in program assessment will make him, in any number of ways, a valuable member of the provost's leadership team. He will apply quantitative expertise to academic questions. He will establish data governance policies and procedures, ensuring that critical academic information is available when we need it."

Fahey will lead a team that includes Cathy Lebo, assistant provost for institutional research, and will help foster collaboration in institutional research across the university.

As leader of the Information Sciences Group in APL's Research and Exploratory Development Department, Fahey worked with a team of 30 researchers on projects in the areas of data fusion, analysis, and decision support. He previously served as program manager at APL for a broad portfolio of knowledge management and cybersecurity projects, addressing critical challenges in cybersecurity, intelligence analysis information sharing, and information assurance.

Fahey is a former U.S. Navy submarine officer and political science instructor at the U.S. Naval Academy, from which he earned a bachelor of science degree in systems engineering. He also holds a master of arts degree in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

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