Kenneth H. Keller

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Kenneth Harrison Keller (born October 19, 1934)[1] is Senior Adjunct Professor of Science and Technology Policy at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies' (SAIS). He served as Director of SAIS Europe (previously known as the SAIS Bologna Center) in Bologna, Italy from 2006 until 2014.[2]

Dr. Keller is also President emeritus of the University of Minnesota. He held the position of Charles M. Denny, Jr., Professor of Science, Technology and Public Policy at the University’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, where he founded the Center for Science, Technology & Public Policy.[3] His distinguished career at the university spanned nearly 35 years, culminating with his role as the university's 12th president from 1985 to 1988. He also served as vice president for Academic Affairs from 1980 to 1985 and before that held other leadership positions.

A New York City native and Columbia University graduate, Keller earned his master's degree and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University and has been a member of the Whiting School of Engineering’s National Advisory Council and the Department of Chemical Engineering’s Board of Visitors. In 1996, he received JHU’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.

On July 1, 2010, the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building at the University of Minnesota was renamed Kenneth H. Keller Hall, honoring him for his dedication to science and technology as the 12th president of the University.[4]


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .
  2. ^ Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) website
  3. ^ Center for Science, Technology & Public Policy website
  4. ^ Keller Hall Press Release
Preceded by
C. Peter Magrath
President of the University of Minnesota
1985 — 1988
Succeeded by
Nils Hasselmo