Lynn Johnson Langer, director of enterprise, entrepreneurship and international programs, has been tapped as interim associate dean for Advanced Academic Programs. Advanced Academic Programs, a division of the Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, offers part-time graduate degrees and certificate programs for adults.
Langer’s appointment was effective June 9. Her appointment follows the departure of John Caron, who is leaving his role to become provost of Endicott College in Massachusetts.
Langer, who has long worked at the JHU Montgomery County Campus, works closely with the master degree programs in biotechnology, enterprise and entrepreneurship; biotechnology; the joint masters in biotechnology/ MBA; and the certificate program in biotechnology enterprise. She is on the National Directors Emeritus board and is president emeritus of Women in Bio, an organization of professionals committed to fostering and encouraging entrepreneurship and career development of women in the life science industry.
Langer recently ended her governor-appointed term on the board of directors of the Maryland Technology Development Corporation.
“I am confident that Dr. Langer has the expertise and dedication to guide AAP as we launch our search for a permanent associate dean,” Beverly Wendland, the James B. Knapp Dean of AAP, said in her note to AAP faculty.
Langer attended Tulane University and the University of Maryland for her undergraduate degree in microbiology. She received her MBA from Hopkins and her Ph.D. in leadership and change from Antioch University.
She started working at Hopkins in 2001, following working in sales and marketing departments of several biotechnology companies. She also founded BioPlan Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm. She has taught several courses at Hopkins, including Leading Change in Biotechnology, Managing and Leading Biotechnology Professionals, Bioscience Communication, Emerging Issues in BiotechnologyandMarketing Aspects of Biotechnology.
“This is a big job and I’m honored to have been asked,” Langer said. “I am truly excited as everyone has been working at top speed through the end of the spring semester, to graduation, and now to summer and beyond. While we don’t know how long I will be in this position, Dean Wendland has requested we not only maintain but continue to move forward on our current initiatives and also to continue to create and grow. She asked me to not just hold down the ship but to steer it forward!”