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U. of Chicago Provost Will Be Caltech’s Next President

Thomas F. Rosenbaum, an expert in condensed-matter physics and the provost at the University of Chicago for the past seven years, was named on Thursday as the next president of the California Institute of Technology.

Mr. Rosenbaum will take office in July, succeeding Jean-Lou Chameau, who departed Caltech to lead the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in Saudi Arabia. Edward M. Stolper, Caltech’s provost, will continue in his role as interim president until Mr. Rosenbaum arrives.

As Chicago’s senior academic administrator, Rosenbaum helped to establish the Institute for Molecular Engineering, an effort that also involved the Argonne National Lab. Caltech officials said his scientific and administrative experience would help him “in furthering” the relationship between Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 

While the federal government owns JPL’s facilities, its 5,000 workers are Caltech employees, who work under government contract. 

“The combination of deep management experience and visionary leadership Tom brings will serve Caltech extremely well in the coming years,” said David Lee, chair of the Caltech Board of Trustees. “The board is excited about collaborating closely with Tom to propel the institute to new levels of scientific leadership.”

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