The Board of Trustees of Claremont McKenna College today announced its unanimous selection of Hiram E. Chodosh, an expert in institutional justice reform, as CMC's fifth president.
Chodosh, 50, is currently dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, where he is also the Hugh B. Brown Endowed Presidential Professor of Law and Senior Presidential Adviser on Global Strategy.
Chodosh will assume his new post on July 1. He will succeed Pamela B. Gann, who has served as president of CMC since 1999. She will continue at the college as a professor of legal studies.
CMC board Chairman Harry T. McMahon said Chodosh, who has authored six books, "was the unanimous choice of the board and the search committee to lead the college, as it moves forward in the 21st century."
"He is not only a brilliant academic and highly respected administrator, but also has the energy and creative spirit that marks a true educational innovator," McMahon said. "Hiram understands that a strong liberal arts education is the foundation for producing the next generation of leaders who will make a difference in the world. His own impressive career exemplifies the unique mission of CMC: combining the liberal arts with real world and public policy experience. We are all looking forward to working with him."
Chodosh has served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in India and as an adviser to the U.N. Development Programme in Asia, the World Bank Justice Reform Group, the International Monetary Fund Legal Department, the State Department, and many supreme courts, ministries and commissions in the Middle East and Asia, according to CMC.
The New Jersey native, a graduate of Wesleyan University and Yale Law School, received the Gandhi Peace Award in 2011 and was recently named one of the 25 most influential legal educators by National Jurist magazine.
"I am both humbled and honored to be named the next president of Claremont McKenna College," Chodosh said. "CMC's stunning success grows from the college's singular, historic commitment to leadership in the world through the creative power of the liberal arts. I am eager to learn from and work with the CMC community to build upon this special legacy."
A 15-member Presidential Search Committee drawn from trustees, faculty, students and alumni chose Chodosh to lead CMC, a private liberal arts college with a curricular emphasis on economics, government and public affairs.