Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (2/3/2017)

January 29, 2017

Margaret Amstutz

Chief Executives


Margaret Amstutz, associate provost for academic programs at the University of Georgia, was named interim president of the College of Coastal Georgia, in Brunswick, Ga. Ms. Amstutz will replace Greg Aloia, who plans to retire on June 30.

David Descutner has been appointed interim president of Ohio University. Mr. Descutner is special assistant for faculty affairs and academic planning to the executive dean in the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at the university. He will start on February 18.

Greg Postel, interim executive vice president for health affairs at the University of Louisville, will lead the institution as its interim president. Mr. Postel will take over from Neville Pinto, who has left to lead the University of Cincinnati.

Rahmat Shoureshi, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the New York Institute of Technology, will serve as its interim president. He takes over from Edward Guiliano, who has resigned after leading the institute for 17 years.


Teresa Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, plans to step down when her contract ends in 2018. She will have led the university for eight years.


Dorsey Kendrick, president of Gateway Community College, plans to retire in June after leading the college for 18 years.

Other top administrators


Michael Fossum, a former astronaut, was made vice president at Texas A&M University and chief operating officer on the Galveston campus. Mr. Fossum, who will start on March 1, recently retired as assistant chief for the International Space Station at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Stephen Perez, interim vice provost for academic affairs, to vice provost for academic affairs at California State University at Sacramento.



Rafael Bahamonde, associate dean, to interim dean of the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Steven Boggs, chair of the physics department at the University of California at Berkeley, to dean of the Division of Physical Sciences and a professor of physics in the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences at the University of California at San Diego.

Stan DeMerritt, associate academic vice president at Wayland Baptist University, to dean of students at South Plains College.

Kurt Hackemer, chair of the history department at the University of South Dakota, to interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences there.

Elisa Robyn, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, to academic dean of the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies at Regis University.

Ann Schmiesing, who has served as interim dean of the Graduate School and vice provost at the University of Colorado at Boulder since June, was appointed to the positions permanently.

Peter Vanable was appointed associate provost for graduate studies and dean of the Graduate School at Syracuse University. He previously served as interim dean of the school and interim vice president for research, a position he will continue to hold until a permanent successor is selected.

Other administrators


Christopher Arick, a professor of clinical sciences, to assistant dean of the Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine program at National University of Health Sciences.

Makeda Best, an assistant professor of visual studies at California College of the Arts, to curator of photography at Harvard Art Museums.

Philip Bourne, associate director of data science at the National Institutes of Health, to chair of data science, director of the Data Science Institute, and a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia.

Russel Caflisch, director of the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics and a professor of mathematics at the University of California at Los Angeles, to director of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.

Jason Carmichael, director of athletics at Western State Colorado University, to director of athletics at California State University-East Bay.

Cecelia Crow, brand-marketing manager at Virginia Tech, to executive director of marketing at Hollins University.

Michaele DeHart, associate director of risk and insurance, to interim director of risk management at Syracuse University.

Mark Drozdowski, director of university communications and executive editor at the University of New Haven, to director of development and external relations at Hartford Seminary.

Jeffrey Frumkin, associate vice provost and senior director of academic human resources, to interim associate vice provost for academic and faculty affairs and senior director for institutional equity at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Christine Gillan, director of communication and planning on the Jack F. Owens Campus of Delaware Technical Community College, to director of strategic communication.

David Golden, professor of food microbiology at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, to executive assistant to the president of the University of Tennessee.

Douglas Horr, executive director of university compliance services at the University of Miami, to associate vice chancellor for internal audit at Vanderbilt University.

Mark Jackson, business and human- resources administrator for District 4 of the Ohio Department of Transportation, to executive director of program development in the division of advancement and external affairs at Syracuse University.

Daniel Jenuwine, consultant at Richner & Richner, fund-raising consultants in Ann Arbor, Mich., to executive director of the Oakland Community College Foundation.

Garry Killgore, chair of the department of health, human performance, and athletics at Linfield College, to director of athletics.

Dick Kuo, an associate professor of emergency medicine, to interim chair of the department of emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

Leslie LaConte, director of research education in the Carilion School of Medicine at Virginia Tech, to assistant dean of research.

Bonnie Muschett, director of compliance and engagement and university Title IX coordinator at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, to director of compliance and Title IX coordinator at the University of Miami.

Michael Nolan, professor and vice chair of the department of biomedical science, to assistant dean of basic science education in the Carilion School of Medicine at Virginia Tech.

Wonder Puryear Drake, associate professor of medicine and pathology, microbiology, and immunology, to an additional role, director of the Sarcoidosis Center of Excellence, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Kaye Reed, a professor and research associate in the Institute of Human Origins, to director of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University at Tempe.

Shannon Rickett, adviser to U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, Republican of Kentucky, to interim assistant vice president for government relations at the University of Louisville.

Selwyn Rogers, vice president and chief medical officer at the University of Texas Medical Branch, to chief of the Section for Trauma & Acute Care Surgery and founding director of the Medicine Trauma Center at the University of Chicago.

Sheehan Scarborough, interim director, to director of BGLTQ student life at Harvard University.

Marsha Senior, academic counselor, to director of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program and assistant director of student administrative services at University College of Syracuse University.

Seth Tucker, vice president for campus life and safety at Onondaga Community College, to director of international and domestic travel safety and support at Syracuse University.

Tiffany Turley, women’s services and resources manager at Brigham Young University, to Title IX coordinator.

Nefertiti Walker, assistant professor of sports management, to director of diversity and inclusion in the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Gregory Winfree, assistant secretary for research and technology at the U.S. Department of Transportation, to agency director of the Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University at College Station.

Matthew Zierler, an associate professor, to associate dean of the honors college at Michigan State University.


R. Dennis Johnson, associate vice chancellor for internal audit and institutional risk management at Vanderbilt University, has retired after 15 years there.

William Sisler, director of the university press at Harvard University, has retired after 27 years there.

Lane Stephenson, director of news and information services at Texas A&M University.



Susan Bailey, a postdoctoral researcher in the Bioinformatics Research Centre at Aarhus University, in Denmark, to assistant professor of biology at Clarkson University.

Matt Buczynski, a postdoctoral researcher at the Scripps Research Institute, to assistant professor of neuroscience at Virginia Tech.

Justin Delic, a critical-care resident in the University Hospitals of Cleveland Medical Center, to assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at the University of the Sciences, in Philadelphia.

Jacob Lew, departing U.S. secretary of the treasury, to visiting professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Barbara Mikulski, former Democratic U.S. senator from Maryland, will join the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University as a professor of public policy and adviser to the president. She retired last month after completing her fifth six-year term in the Senate, making her the longest-serving woman in Congress.



Karen Bull, interim associate dean of academic affairs and online programs at Syracuse University, became chair-elect of the University and Professional Continuing Education Association for a three-year term.

John Ochsendorf, professor of architecture and civil and environmental engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was appointed director of the American Academy in Rome.


Michael Bazyler, professor of law at Chapman University, won a book award in the Holocaust category from the Jewish Book Council for Holocaust, Genocide, and the Law: A Quest for Justice in a Post-Holocaust World.

David Murray, professor of music at Butler University, won the 2017 Special Recognition Award for Solo Performance from the International Society of Bassists.


Joyce Appleby, 87, professor emerita of history at the University of California at Los Angeles, died on December 23.

Joseph Brandes, 88, professor of American history at William Paterson University, died on January 12 in West Hartford, Conn.

Arthur Cash, 94, professor emeritus of English at the State University of New York at New Paltz, died on December 29 in Watch Hill, R.I. He had taught at the university for over 40 years and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007 for his biography of John Wilkes, the 18th-century radical.

Carmine Clemente, 88, professor emeritus of neurobiology at the University of California at Los Angeles, died on November 11.

Jewel Plummer Cobb, 92, former president of California State University at Fullerton, died on January 1 in Maplewood, N.J. She had held office for nine years and was the first African-American woman to lead a major university in the western United States.

Richard Cole, former dean of the School of Urban and Public Affairs (now the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs) at the University of Texas at Arlington, died on January 8.

Jay Forrester, 98, professor emeritus of management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died on November 16.

Duane Furman, 89, assistant professor of education at California State University at Fresno, died on November 12.

James Wells Gair, 88, professor emeritus of linguistics at Cornell University, died on December 10.

Robert Gomer, 92, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Chicago, died on December 12.

Otto Harling, 85, former director of the Nuclear Reactor Lab and professor emeritus of nuclear engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died on December 18.

William Harvey, 84, dean emeritus of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law and professor emeritus of law at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, died on November 17.

Conrad Hilberry, 88, professor emeritus of English at Kalamazoo College, died on January 11.

Peter Howe, 62, assistant professor of economics at Syracuse University, died on December 23.

Karel Jaroslav Husa, 95, professor emeritus of music at Cornell University, died on December 14 in Apex, N.C. A noted composer and conductor, he had taught at Cornell for 38 years.

David King, 69, professor of law at Quinnipiac University, died on November 15 in Woodbridge, Conn.

Richard Levin, 86, former professor of business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died on November 11.

Lamar Miller, 81, a former professor of environmental engineering at the University of Florida, died on January 1. He had taught at the university for 13 years.

Franklin Kingston Moore, 94, professor emeritus of engineering at Cornell University, died on November 21.

Derek Anthony Parfit, 74, emeritus fellow at All Souls College of Oxford University and visiting professor of philosophy at Harvard University and other institutions, died on January 1. He won the Rolf Schock Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy in 2014.

Jimmy Nolan Ponder, 79, professor and head of the accounting department at Nicholls State University, died on November 19.

Wolfgang Sachtler, 92, professor emeritus of chemical and biological engineering and chemistry at Northwestern University, died on January 8.

Oliver Smithies, 97, former professor of genetics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, died on January 10 in Chapel Hill, N.C. He won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2007 with Mario Capecchi and Sir Martin Evans for their work on gene modification in mice.

Kevin Starr, 76, former professor of history at the University of Southern California, died on January 14.

Jack Suberman, 96, former director of continuing education and professor of English at North Carolina State University, died on November 22.

Anne Margaret Swartzlander, 69, former professor of marketing at Pellissippi State Community College, died on November 14 in Knoxville.

Bin Wang, associate professor of economics at St. Edward’s University, died in January.

Patricia Kaufman Wirth, 86, former district superintendent and president of the Yuba Community College District, died on November 17.