Katherine S. Newman assumed the office of Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in the Fall of 2014. The Chief Academic Officer of the campus, she provides leadership for the mission of the University in education, research, service and the impact of UMass in the community and the state of Massachusetts. In 2010 Newman joined Johns Hopkins as the James B. Knapp Dean and a professor of sociology at the Krieger School. There she expanded the Arts and Sciences faculty, improved faculty support, and worked to elevate the stature of the arts within the undergraduate curriculum. Much of Newman’s scholarly work has focused on the lives of the working poor and mobility up and down the economic ladder. She also has investigated the impact of tax policy on the poor; the history of public opinion’s impact on poverty policy; school violence; and the impact of globalization on young people in Italy, Spain, Japan, and South Africa, among other issues.