Johns Hopkins professor named Clark Honors College dean

Craig Paquette

The University of Oregon has selected Gabe Paquette, professor of history at Johns Hopkins University, as the next dean of the Robert D. Clark Honors College.

Paquette will bring a demonstrated passion for undergraduate student success and a deep appreciation for excellence in research and scholarship to the role.

“Gabe is a tremendous scholar,” said Jayanth Banavar, provost and senior vice president. “More so, he demonstrated incredible focus on student success throughout this process. His experience as a highly regarded teacher, academician and mentor, coupled with his sparkling personality, make him the ideal candidate to lead the Clark Honors College.”

Paquette said he is excited to join an honors college that is widely respected in the higher education world.

"The opportunity to lead this renowned honors college at a crucial moment in its history is truly exciting," he said. "I am thrilled to meet and learn from students, staff, and faculty in the coming months. Working together, we will further enhance the intellectual experience of the college's students, the college's positive impact on the university at large and the college's prestige, both nationally and internationally."

Paquette received his doctorate and Master of Philosophy degrees from the University of Cambridge, along with a Master of Arts degree from the National University of Ireland and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan. He arrived at Johns Hopkins in 2011, earning the rank of full professor in 2014. He has been serving a fellowship in the provost’s office for the last year.

“Gabe will be a welcome addition to our school and college leadership, joining a group of deans who share his dedication to serving our students and bringing out the best in our faculty,” Banavar said. “We are eager for him to join us this fall.”

The provost also expressed deep gratitude to humanities dean Karen Ford for serving as the college’s interim dean.

“I would be remiss if I did not extend my greatest appreciation for the work of Karen Ford, who not only tirelessly served as the interim dean but took critical steps that have set the Clark Honors College on a new path,” Banavar said. “Karen’s important work has really positioned Gabe and the college for great success.”

Paquette will be on campus by Sept. 1.