The National University System seal. Courtesy National University

San Diego-based National University Wednesday named David Andrews, now the dean of the Johns Hopkins University Department of Education, as its new president beginning April 1.

“Dr. Andrews is a highly respected leader and visionary who is passionate about transforming higher education through innovation, collaboration and providing an exceptional student experience,” said Michael Cunningham, National University System chancellor and president. “We are excited to have him join National University as we enter a new era of growth and become a truly national university.”

National University said it is California’s second-largest, private nonprofit university. It has more than two dozen campuses and features one of the largest schools of education in the United States.

Cunningham plans to hand over his duties as president to Andrews and focus on his role as chancellor, according to the university.

Under Andrews’ leadership, the Department of Education at Johns Hopkins has been ranked as the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report for two years in a row. He has increased fundraising to more than $10 million annually.

“I look forward to creating strong partnerships both within the university and with community groups and organizations that share our dedication to providing adult learners with access to an affordable, high- quality education that has the power to transform individual lives and our regional economies,” Andrews said.

In his career of more than three decades, he has also worked for Ohio State and Oregon State universities, and is a founding member of Deans for Impact, an organization that works on developing a more effective teacher preparation program.

—City News Service

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