Sunil Kumar took office as the 15th provost of Johns Hopkins University on September 1, 2016. In this role, Kumar was the chief academic officer and second-ranking member of the senior administration, responsible for promoting and coordinating the University’s teaching and research mission. He oversaw the university’s nine schools as well as several interdisciplinary programs and academic centers. As Provost, Kumar focused on increasing inter-divisional research and education collaborations across the University; recruiting exceptional faculty to Johns Hopkins through the Bloomberg Distinguished Professorship program and the Faculty Diversity Initiative; enhancing the student experience by leading the Student Services Excellence Initiative, strengthening the career services function at the University for undergraduate and graduate students; and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives across the divisions. Kumar also chairs the University’s inaugural Tenure Advisory Committee (TAC). In July 2023 he became President of Tufts University and remains an emeritus member of the GKII Advisory Board.