Farnam Jahanian, the nationally recognized computer scientist, successful entrepreneur, senior public servant and respected leader in higher education, has been appointed as the 10th president of Carnegie Mellon University. The appointment is effective immediately, with a formal inauguration scheduled for fall 2018.
Jahanian's distinguished and multifaceted career in academia, industry and the public sphere — and the many realms where those sectors intersect to support research and education — led him to Carnegie Mellon in 2014, as vice president for research. He then served two years as provost, and took over last July as CMU's interim president.
With the strong support of the university's trustees, as well as academic and administrative leaders, Jahanian has led a period of accelerating momentum in education and research at the nexus of technology and human life. The board of trustees voted unanimously on Jahanian's appointment Wednesday.