Kristina Johnson, who served as dean for the Pratt School of Engineering for eight years, has been nominated by the Obama administration to step into the post of undersecretary of energy, making her the second academic to be recruited to the top slots in the DOE. Currently, Johnson is the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University.
Known for her good nature and numerous contributions to Pratt during her tenure at Duke, Johnson left in 2007 to tackle new challenges at JHU. If confirmed by the Senate, she will be at the forefront of the Obama administration's efforts to formulate new energy policy, promoting efficiency and renewable, clean energy.
Pick up Monday's Chronicle for the full story on KJ's nomination.