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New Associate Dean for External Affairs
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New Associate Dean for External Affairs

Joshua Else began his tenure as the Bloomberg School’s new associate dean for External Affairs on July 18. Else will oversee the School’s fundraising, alumni relations and communications programs.

“I am very pleased that Josh has joined us at the Bloomberg School of Public Health,” says Dean Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87. “He is a proven leader, and he understands our School mission: preventing illness and saving lives—millions at a time.”

After his first month on the job, Else says he’s been amazed by the diverse efforts of the faculty and students. “The impact of the work at the Bloomberg School is changing and saving lives every day,” says Else. “Not only do the faculty and students exude tremendous passion for their work, but the donors and volunteers I have met feel the same passion. They truly want to help change the world.”

For the past six years, Else led development and external affairs as associate dean of Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries and Museums. There, Else oversaw the successful completion of a $50 million goal in the University’s Knowledge for the World campaign. Notably, during the campaign’s final year, Else conceived and implemented a Hopkins-wide initiative to secure private funding for the $30 million Brody Learning Commons. The Homewood campus facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2012.

Before coming to Johns Hopkins, Else spent three years leading the major gifts program at the American Red Cross, in Washington, D.C. His background also includes three years in the private sector as general manager of a publishing company in Honolulu and four years at his alma mater, Wake Forest University, as director of development for the law school and director of Annual Support for the university.

Else can be reached at 410-955-5194 or


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