Provost Jacqueline Mok Leaving UA for Johns Hopkins

Mok is leaving the University following a 15-year career that has included several academic and administrative appointments.
June 26, 2012
Jacqueline Mok
Jacqueline Mok

Jacqueline Mok, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost and senior vice president and chief of staff at the University of Arizona, will be leaving the UA for a position at The Johns Hopkins University.

She has accepted an offer to become the vice president/chief of staff and secretary to the Board of Trustees at Johns Hopkins.

Her last official day at the UA will be July 31.

"The University of Arizona community has amazing depth and strength, and I have been privileged to work with so many people who have shared their devotion and love of the UA with me," Mok said. "Their contributions helped me become a better leader, and have enabled me to take this next step as I move to The Johns Hopkins University."

Mok is leaving the University following a 15-year career that has included several academic and administrative appointments.

"The Johns Hopkins University is getting an exceptional academic leader," said UA President Eugene G. Sander. "She has done a wonderful job at the UA serving simultaneously in two challenging roles."

"Jacqueline Mok has a national reputation as a gifted educator and administrator," said UA President-Designate Ann Weaver Hart. "While I am saddened to not have the opportunity to work with Jacqueline, I congratulate her for a wonderful career at the UA and for her appointment at Johns Hopkins University."

Mok recently earned the 2012 Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Award from the Asian Pacific Fund for her accomplishments in higher education.

The Chang-Lin Tien Education Leadership Awards program annually honors two Asian Americans who demonstrate significant academic accomplishments as leaders of colleges and universities and have the potential to advance to the highest leadership levels in higher education.

Mok, who earned her master's degree in music education from the University of North Texas and her doctorate in arts education from New York University, came to the UA in 1997 as assistant dean in the College of Fine Arts.

After assuming further duties as associate dean, she joined the Office of the Provost in 2004, where she held positions as assistant vice provost and vice provost. Four years later, then-UA President Robert N. Shelton appointed Mok as his first chief of staff. Sander, who took over for Shelton while a search for a new president was conducted, asked Mok in August 2011 to add the responsibilities of provost.

Before joining the UA, Mok developed continuing education programs in the arts at the University of Washington. She also served as a cultural attaché with the U.S. diplomatic corps for several years, with stints in France, Nigeria and Sri Lanka. Mok has been the education director for Seattle Opera; an arts education consultant for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York City; and a music education specialist in New York and Texas schools.