JHU Coach Is One of Fortune’s “50 Greatest Leaders in the World”

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Photo via Johns Hopkins/Fortune
Photo via Johns Hopkins/Fortune

Quick, name some inspiring leaders from around the world. If you picked the Dalai Lama or Pope Francis, you’re spot on; both men made it onto Fortune‘s list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders for 2014. But do you know who else did? George Kennedy, Johns Hopkins swimming coach.

Here’s why Fortune picked him: “Kennedy is in his 29th coaching season at Johns Hopkins, but veterans of his swim teams say you’d never know it. Kennedy sees not just each season, but each meet as a new chance to change things up. Maybe that’s how his teams have won 23 conference titles and had 17 top-five NCAA finishes. ‘My four favorite words,’ he says, are “We can do better.” ‘ ”

Two other Hopkins-related luminaries who made the list: Michael Bloomberg, Hopkins grad and longtime donor, and Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, who will be speaking at the university’s commencement ceremony this May.



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