She will succeed Chancellor Michael Amiridis, who announced in January he’d be leaving to become president of the University of South Carolina in June. Miranda was one of five finalists out of a pool of 40 applicants, the university said.
“It is an honor to be chosen to lead one of the country’s great urban universities and to serve this global city and its people,” Miranda said in a press release. “I look forward to learning from and working with students, faculty and staff as we work collaboratively with our community partners to meet the pressing challenges and opportunities before us. Together we can provide life-changing educational programs at scale, while fostering the world- class research and engagement our city, state, country and world need.”
Before joining Notre Dame in 2020, Miranda was provost at Rice University, overseeing aspects of its academic, research, scholarly and creative programs, supported by a roughly $700 million annual budget, the press release said. From 2012 to 2015, Miranda served as dean of what was then known as the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan.
Miranda graduated summa cum laude from Duke University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics. She has a doctorate and a master’s degree from Harvard University, where she held a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Miranda is the most recent leader to take over the top spot at a Chicago university in what has been a busy couple of years for academic search committees.
This year alone has seen Chicago-area universities welcome three new leaders to top positions: Robert L. Manuel at DePaul University, Michael H. Schill at Northwestern University and Mark C. Reed at Loyola University Chicago.
Last year, Paul Alivisatos became the new president of the University of Chicago, Glena Temple joined Dominican University as president and Raj Echambadi took on the role of president at the Illinois Institute of Technology.