In a Chicago Tribune article, Kumar says, “While I am saddened to leave this great school that has been my home for the last six years, I am excited to begin this new opportunity in Baltimore.”
A Poets & Quants article on Kumar’s new appointment, states that his departure from Booth is “clearly a surprise” and that Kumar is “leveraging his Booth deanship into a bigger job as a university provost.”
The P&Q article continues to enumerate Kumar’s successes at Booth:
• Kumar raised more than $300 million and increased Booth’s endowment by 50% to $710 million from $435 million.
• Booth saw an 8% increase in faculty during his term, with greater emphasis on behavioral marketing and operations hires.
• He oversaw the redesign and launch of the Chicago Booth Review.
• He “put new life” into the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship after receiving a gift of $35 million from alum Michael Polsky.
In a Johns Hopkins press release, President Ronald J. Daniels says: “Sunil is a proven academic leader with uncompromising standards for excellence, great integrity, and a deep-seated commitment to collaboration. He is a scholar and leader passionate about higher education, committed to values that align with the priorities of the Johns Hopkins Ten by Twenty‘ strategic vision, and well-suited to be a steward and champion of this extraordinary institution.”
Born in Bangalore, India, Kumar holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and according to the Chicago Tribune article, is reserved, academic, and a big fan of meatloaf.