CLAREMONT, Calif., Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Trustees of Claremont McKenna College (CMC) has elected Hiram E. Chodosh as CMC's fifth president. President-elect Chodosh, 50, serves as 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 take office on July 1, 2013, and succeeds Pamela B. Gann, who has served as President of CMC since 1999. She will continue at the College as a professor of legal studies.
"Together with my fellow trustees, I am very pleased to welcome Hiram to CMC," said Board Chairman Harry T. McMahon '75 P'08 P'09. "He 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. 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 is a leading expert in institutional justice reform and the author of six books. He has served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in India and as an advisor 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. He received the Gandhi Peace Award in 2011. Recognized for designing and executing groundbreaking educational models to enhance leadership experiences for students, interdisciplinary research projects, the use of technology and global education, Chodosh 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. "The faculty, students, staff and Board, under the inspired leadership of Presidents Pamela Gann, Jack Stark and George Benson have created a global treasure in higher education. 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." Chodosh's election resulted from a careful and rigorous search process, guided by a 15-member Presidential Search Committee drawn from trustees, faculty, students and alumni.