“Jean-Lou Chameau impressed the search committee with his intelligence, his vision, his personality, and his extensive administrative and fundraising experience and success,” said geophysicist David Stevenson to the crowd of students, faculty and staff that assembled Friday morning for the announcement. The faculty search committee, led by Stevenson, considered about 160 candidates before settling on Chameau. Both Stevenson and Baltimore also noted Chameau’s engaging personality, calling him charming. “I’m enormously impressed by his ability to work with many different types of people to accomplish the goals of the university,” said biology professor Henry Lester. “Charm works for only a couple of minutes. He clearly has a passion for organizing, expediting and enabling science.” Before becoming provost at Georgia Tech, Chameau was a professor and head of the engineering department at Purdue University, the president of a large geotechnical consulting company, and dean of engineering at Georgia Tech. PASADENA – Jean-Lou Chameau, the provost and vice president of academic affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will succeed David Baltimore as president of Caltech. Chameau, 53, is a native of France who received his doctorate in civil engineering at Stanford. He represents a departure from the model of president set by Baltimore, a Nobel Prize-winning biologist who was Caltech’s president for nine years. Whereas Baltimore was best known for his research, Chameau was selected largely for his ability to lead the university during a time of great competition for academic funding and resources. The school is also undergoing steep cuts and tuition hikes to balance a multimillion-dollar deficit in its general budget. “In my career I have developed a passion for working with faculty and students, for helping them create opportunities, and providing the resources they need to achieve at the highest level,” Chameau said. “I am truly honored and humbled to be selected as the next president of Caltech – and also to be called charming twice in five minutes.” “I am going to step down on September 1 and become a professor – the best job there is in the world – and I look forward to working under his direction,” said Baltimore, who will remain at Caltech. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tom Rennie and friends are back to take a sideways look at the Premier League and Sky Bet Championship.There’ll be chanting about Harry Redknapp, a debate about Stoke City’s new kit, we find out what producer Tayo was up into in Nigeria – and Tom channels Game Of Thrones in his rant about Chelsea winning the Premier League virtually unchallenged. Shame!