Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (12/9/2016)

December 04, 2016

Michelle Behr


Mike Barnett, vice president for administration and finance at Fort Hays State University, will serve as acting president until an interim president can be named. He takes over from Mirta Martin, who has resigned after two years in the top post.

Michelle Behr has been selected as the University of Minnesota at Morris’s new chancellor, pending board approval. Ms. Behr is provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Birmingham-Southern College.

Travis Feezell will become president of Hastings College, in Nebraska, in June. He will join the college from the University of the Ozarks, where he serves as provost. Mr. Feezell will succeed Don Jackson, who will retire after almost five years at the helm.

Guiyou Huang has been named chancellor of Louisiana State University at Alexandria. Mr. Huang is now at Norwich University, where he is senior vice president for academic affairs, dean of the faculty, and a professor of English.

Joseph Joyner, superintendent of schools for St. Johns County District, in St. Augustine, Fla., was named president of Flagler College, also in St. Augustine. He has been superintendent of schools since 2003.

Brendan Kelly will take over as chancellor of the University of South Carolina- Upstate on March 1. He is currently vice president for university advancement at the University of West Florida.

Lisa Mims-Devezin, interim chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans, has been named to the post permanently. She was previously dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bill Pink, vice president and dean of work-force development at Grand Rapids Community College, was appointed president. He will be the college’s first black leader.

Christina Royal, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Inver Hills Community College, in Minnesota, has been appointed president of Holyoke Community College, in Massachusetts. She will take office in January.

Sara Ray Stoelinga will be the first female president of Carroll University, in Waukesha, Wis. Ms. Stoelinga is director of the Urban Education Institute and a clinical professor on the Committee on Education at the University of Chicago.

Brad Tyndall, vice president for academic affairs at Central Wyoming College, was named as the college’s interim president for the current academic year.


Mirta Martin, president of Fort Hays State University, has resigned after leading the institution for two years.


Douglas Hastad, president of Carroll University, will retire after more than 10 years in office.

Eileen Holden, president of Polk State College, plans to retire in July. She will have led the college for 12 years.

Kevin Manning, president of Stevenson University, has moved up his retirement to be effective immediately because of health reasons. Mr. Manning led the university for 16 years and initially planned to step down in June.



Larry Johnson, associate dean of academic affairs at Broward College-South Campus, to provost at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

Molly Lynch, interim provost, to provost for the Manassas campus at Northern Virginia Community College.



Taffye Benson Clayton, clinical assistant professor of education and former associate vice chancellor and chief diversity officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to associate provost and vice president for inclusion and diversity at Auburn University.

Chris Gray, assistant vice president and dean of the Jasper campus at Vincennes University, to vice president for academic and student affairs at McHenry County College.

Kenneth Huewitt, chief financial officer for the Houston Independent School District, to vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer at Texas Southern University.

Patrick Harold Johnson, a senior consultant at Campbell & Company, to senior vice president for institutional advancement at Meharry Medical College.

Barbara Melbourne, vice president for development at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend, to vice chancellor for institutional advancement at Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Peter Millet, president of Stillman College, to executive vice president at Meharry Medical College.


Kevin Kephart, vice president for research and economic development at South Dakota State University, says he will retire on June 21. Mr. Kephart, whose own field is plant science, will have been with the university for 30 years.



Peter Buckley was appointed dean of the School of Medicine and executive vice president for medical affairs for the health system at Virginia Commonwealth University. Mr. Buckley is dean of the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, where he also serves as executive vice president for medical affairs and integration and is a professor of psychiatry, pharmacology, and radiology.

David Butler, chair of the department of political science and director of the international-development doctoral program at the University of Southern Mississippi, to vice provost for research and dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Middle Tennessee State University.

Rick Daniels, interim dean of students, to dean of students at Rock Valley College.

William Johnson, director of the Center for International and Comparative Law and professor of law, to dean of the School of Law at Saint Louis University.

Richard Sluder, vice provost for student success, to dean of the university college at Middle Tennessee State University.

Michael Smith, director of the Kimmel School of Construction Management and director of the MBA program at Western Carolina University, to dean of the School of Management at Kettering University.


Gail Steketee, dean of the School of Social Work at Boston University.



Zelia Cebreros, executive director of the annual fund for the Stockton, Sacramento, and San Francisco campuses, to development officer for the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific.

Joi Cunningham, director of inclusion and intercultural initiatives, to assistant vice president for human resources at Oakland University.

Shontay Delalue, associate dean of the college and director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, to assistant provost for global engagement at Brown University.

Chris Edwards, a state senator in Oregon who has chaired the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and a Democrat, was appointed assistant vice president for strategic initiatives at the University of Oregon. He will start on December 15.

Maria Estorino, vice president for museum collections at HistoryMiami Museum, to director of the Louis Round Wilson Library and associate university librarian for special collections at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jeffrey Keller will be the University of Virginia Health System’s first chief innovation officer. Mr. Keller is chief executive of Element Diagnostics, a company he founded that develops molecular diagnostics to manage urological cancers.

Mark Levin, professor of law, to an additional role, director of Pacific-Asian legal studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Keith Maskus, director of the international development program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, to chief economist at the U.S. Department of State.

Ian McCaw, athletics director at Baylor University, to athletics director at Liberty University.

Kelechi Ogbonna, an assistant professor in the department of pharmacotherapy and outcomes science, to associate dean of admissions and student services in the School of Pharmacy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Andy Oguntola, director of admissions and registration at Valencia College, to director of the Polk State JD Alexander Center at the Lake Wales campus at Polk State College.

Clarke Rountree, professor and chair of communication arts, to associate dean of outreach and recruitment for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Alabama at Huntsville.

Ay Saechao, director of TRiO student support and retention services, to associate dean of student development, retention, and conduct at Highline Community College.

Scott Shepard, an attending physician at the Memorial Herman Texas Medical Center and a clinical assistant professor of neurological surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, to director of neurosurgical oncology at the hospital and an associate professor of clinical neurosurgery in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.

Susan Sloan, director of admissions and financial aid at Wells College, to director of admissions in the department of marketing, communications, and enrollment at Kettering University.

Mike Zeman, director of science outreach in the Eberly College of Science, to director of the Student Engagement Network at Pennsylvania State University at University Park.


Tina Azarate, coordinator of the Adult Learning Center at Oklahoma City Community College.

Anne Kordes, volleyball coach at the University of Louisville.

Stephen Moret will step down as president of the Louisiana State University Foundation in December to serve as chief executive of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.



George Bodenheimer, former president and executive chairman at ESPN, to faculty member in the business school’s division of sports, entertainment, and media at Iona College.

Jim Cathcart, a motivational speaker and author, to entrepreneur-in-residence in the School of Management at California Lutheran University.

Primo Custodio, vice president for human resources at NBC Universal, to executive-in-residence in the School of Management at California Lutheran University.

Samuel Diaz-Munoz, former faculty fellow at New York University, to assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of California at Davis.

Rebecca Hernandez, recipient of a doctorate in earth-system science at Stanford University, to assistant professor of land, air, and water resources at the University of California at Davis.

Stacy-Ann January, recipient of a doctorate in school psychology at the University of Georgia, to assistant professor of psychology at the University of South Carolina.

Maureen Njoki Kinyua, postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University, to assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California at Davis.

Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno, chief executive of the Ventricular Foundation, to associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of California at Davis.

J. Scott Myers, director of transfer admission at Susquehanna University, to director of admission at Ursinus College.

Jeanette Ruiz, a human-resources and public-relations consultant, to lecturer in the communication department at the University of California at Davis.

Gerelt Tserenjigmid, recent recipient of a doctorate in economics at the California Institute of Technology, to assistant professor of economics at Virginia Tech.

Jesús Velázquez, postdoctoral fellow in the division of chemistry and chemical engineering at California Technical University, to assistant professor of chemistry at the University of California at Davis.



Janet Marling, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at the University of North Georgia, to an additional role, a member of the Board of Directors at the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

Jack Thomas, president of Western Illinois University, to an additional role, a member of the Board of Directors at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Gregor Thuswaldner, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of humanities at North Park University, to an additional role, vice-president-elect at the Austrian Studies Association.


Timothy McDonough, vice president for communications at the American Council on Education, effective December 7.


Gilda Barabino, dean of the Grove School of Engineering at the City College of New York, has received the 2016 William W. Grimes Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Paola Bertucci, associate professor of history and history of medicine at Yale University, was awarded the Margaret W. Rossiter History of Women in Science Prize from the History of Science Society for her article "The In/visible Woman: Mariangela Ardinghelli and the Circulation of Knowledge between Paris and Naples in the Eighteenth Century," which appeared in the organization’s journal.

Vievee Francis, associate professor of English at Dartmouth College, received the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry from the Hurston/Wright Foundation for her third collection of poetry, Forest Primeval.

Elaine Fuchs, professor and head of the Robin Chemers Neustein Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development at Rockefeller University, will receive the 2016 Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Diana Hess, dean of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Paula McAvoy, director of the Center for Ethics and Education at the university, won the 2017 Grawemeyer Award in Education from the University of Louisville for a book they co-wrote The Political Classroom: Evidence and Ethics in Democratic Education. It was published in 2014.

John Keene, chair of the department of African and African American studies and an associate professor of English at Rutgers University at Newark, won the 2016 Lannan Literary Award for fiction from the Lannan Foundation for his collection of short stories and novellas, Counternarratives. It was published in 2015.


James Earl Danieley, 92, president emeritus of Elon University, died on November 29 in Burlington, N.C. Mr. Danieley worked at Elon for over 70 years. At age 32, he was appointed president of the university (then Elon College), which he led for 16 years.

John Ebersole, 72, president of Excelsior College from 2014 until he stepped aside for health reasons this year, died on November 24. Mr. Ebersole worked in higher education for more than 30 years.

Jogindar Singh Johar, 81, former dean of the division of math and science at Wayne State College, died on October 10.

Robert Morris, acting provost at Ball State University, died on November 28. He had been hospitalized for an infection of the bloodstream.

Toshihiko Murata, 53, associate vice president for institutional effectiveness at Blue Mountain Community College, died on October 12.

Pauline Oliveros, 84, former professor of music who co-founded the music department at the University of California at San Diego, died on November 24 in Kingston, N.Y.

Collin Rose, campus police officer at Wayne State University, died on November 26 from a gunshot wound he suffered while on duty. A suspect in the shooting has been arrested.

Wayne Harry Ross, 80, president emeritus of Southern Maine Community College, died on November 14.

Debra Saunders-White, 59, chancellor of North Carolina Central University, died on November 26. Ms. Saunders-White was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2015 and took a medical leave of absence in August. She was the first permanent female leader of the university, which she joined in 2013.