Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (2/10/2017)

February 05, 2017

Chief executives


L. Joy Gates Black, vice chancellor for academic affairs and student success for the Tarrant County College District, in Fort Worth, Tex., was named president of Delaware County Community College. She will be the first African-American and the first woman to lead the college and will succeed Jerry Parker, who is retiring after 14 years in office.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama, has been named president of American University. Ms. Burwell will be the first woman to lead the university. She will start in June.

Timothy Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs at the University of Kansas, was named president of Western Kentucky University. He will succeed Gary Ransdell, who is retiring after 20 years at the helm. Mr. Caboni will start in July.

Lorrie Clemo was named president of D’Youville College, in Buffalo, N.Y. Ms. Clemo, a provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York College at Oswego, has been on leave serving as director of the U.S. Department of Education’s First in the World Program, which seeks to increase degree completion among minority and low-income students. She will succeed Sister Denise Roche, who has retired after 37 years in office.

Laura Douglas, provost for Des Moines Area Community College’s Urban campus, was appointed president of Bristol Community College. She will replace John Sbrega, who will retire in August after 17 years in office.

Joseph Jones, vice rector at Forman Christian College, in Lahore, Pakistan, was named president of Fresno Pacific University. He was previously provost and a professor of justice and community development at North Park University.

Cristle Collins Judd, senior program officer for higher education and scholarship in the humanities at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, was appointed president of Sarah Lawrence College. She will succeed Karen Lawrence, who will step down in July. Ms. Judd was previously dean of academic affairs and a professor of music at Bowdoin College.

Geoffrey Mearns, president of Northern Kentucky University, was named president of Ball State University. He will take over from Terry King, who has served as interim president since President Paul Ferguson’s resignation last year after just 18 months in office.

David Munson Jr., former dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, was named president of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Munson will succeed Bill Destler, who has served as president since 2007.

Wayne Riley was named president of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. He is a clinical professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University and former president of Meharry Medical College. He will take office in April.


Msgr. Franklyn Casale has announced that he will retire as president of St. Thomas University in January of next year. Monsignor Casale has led the university for more than 20 years and is its longest-serving president.

Mick Starcevich, president of Kirkwood Community College, plans to retire next year. He has led the college for 12 years. During his tenure, the college saw an increase in enrollment, retention, and graduation rates.

Chief academic officers


Deborah Prentice, dean of the faculty, to provost at Princeton University.

Deborah Sopczyk, interim provost, to provost and chief academic officer at Excelsior College.

Daria Willis, dean of academic studies at Lee College, to provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Onondaga Community College.

Other top administrators


Shai Butler, chief diversity officer, to an additional role, vice president for student success and engagement, at the College of Saint Rose.

Rick Cole Jr., director of athletics, to vice president for athletics administration at Iona College.

Karl Lawrence, interim chief financial officer, to chief financial officer and vice president for finance at Excelsior College.

Donald Outing, chief diversity officer and director of diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, to vice president for equity and community at Lehigh University.

Warren Petty, senior vice president for human resources at HeartShare Human Services, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to vice president for human resources at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Mark Power, interim vice chancellor for university advancement, to vice chancellor for university advancement at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Michael Rodriguez, deputy maritime administrator at the U.S. Maritime Administration, to superintendent of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy at Texas A&M University at Galveston.

Jim Ryan, city administrator for the City of Rockford, Ill., to vice president and chief operating officer at Rock Valley College.

John Sebastian, vice president for mission and ministry at Loyola University New Orleans, to vice president for mission and ministry at Loyola Marymount University.

Beth Stewart, dean of arts and sciences, to vice president for instructional services at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

Kathy Wolf, vice president for marketing and communications and employee relations at the University of Cincinnati, to vice president for marketing and communications at Ball State University.


Mark Hussey will resign as vice chancellor and dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University at College Station once a successor has been named.



Annie Belanger, associate university librarian for information resources and academic excellence in the library at the University of Waterloo, in Canada, to dean of university libraries at Grand Valley State University.

Christine Birnie, interim dean, to dean of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College.

Meredith Cantor-Feller, a professor of photography, to interim dean of visual, performing, and applied arts at Onondaga Community College.

Elaine Carey, chair of the history department at St. John’s University (N.Y.), to dean of the College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences at Purdue University-Northwest.

Hang Chen, an associate professor and chair of the department of computer science and engineering, to dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Johnson C. Smith University.

Craig Gotsman, founding director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute at Cornell Tech, to dean of the Ying Wu College of Computing at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Christina Granato, a professor of nursing, to dean of health and community services at Onondaga Community College.

Robert Griffin, deputy under secretary for science and technology at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity at the State University of New York at Albany.

Elena Hicks, dean of admission at Loyola University Maryland, to dean of undergraduate admission at Southern Methodist University.

Kenneth Holford, interim dean, to dean of the College of Engineering and Sciences at Purdue University-Northwest.

Mary Klotman, chair of the department of medicine, to dean of the School of Medicine and vice chancellor for health affairs at Duke University.

Julia Ross, dean of engineering and information technology at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, will be the first woman to serve as dean of Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering.

Katharine Rumrill-Teece, a professor of English, to dean of humanities and social sciences at Onondaga Community College.

Matthew Scott, associate dean of students, to dean of students at American International College.

Shane Speights, associate dean of clinical education, to dean of New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University.

Olin Stratton, a professor of mathematics, to dean of natural and applied sciences at Onondaga Community College.

Jayme Uden, dean of students, to associate vice president and dean of students at Park University.


Richard Feldman, dean of the college at the University of Rochester.

Other administrators


Eric Blair, executive director of enrollment, to associate vice president for enrollment management at Park University.

Kevin Carlson, head of the management department in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, to associate dean of research and faculty affairs for the college.

Laura Dooley, a visiting law professor, to acting associate dean of student services at Touro Law Center.

Meghan Dubyak, press secretary for Vice President Joe Biden, to associate vice president for strategic communications at Georgetown University.

Elizabeth Halloran, senior vice president for advancement at Minneapolis Foundation, to executive vice president and chief advancement officer at St. Catherine University.

Kimberly Hewitt, director of equal opportunity and affirmative action and deputy chief of staff for the Office of Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota, to vice provost for institutional equity at the Johns Hopkins University.

Gina Lohr, assistant vice president for research, to associate vice president for research at George Washington University.

Elizabeth Milavec, associate vice president for finance and controller at Carnegie Mellon University, to associate vice president for financial operations and controller at the University of Rochester.

Christopher McKnight Nichols, an associate professor of history, to director of the Center for the Humanities at Oregon State University.

Kelly Oaks, associate vice chancellor for student affairs and the dean of students at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, to assistant vice president for equity and accessibility; chief equal-opportunity, affirmative-action, and civil-rights officer; and Title VII and Title IX coordinator at Virginia Tech.

Rick Osterberg, deputy chief information officer at Simmons College, to chief information officer at Olin College of Engineering.

Suzanne Panferov, director of the College of Humanities’ Center for English as a Second Language, the National Center for Interpretation, and the writing skills improvement program, to associate vice president for global initiatives at the University of Arizona.

Matthew Rascoff, founding vice president for technology-based learning and innovation at the University of North Carolina system, to associate vice provost for digital education and innovation at Duke University.

Kathleen Salvaty, Title IX coordinator at the University of California at Los Angeles, will serve as Title IX coordinator for the University of California system, a newly created position.


Kumea Shorter-Gooden, the University of Maryland’s first chief diversity officer and associate vice president for diversity and inclusion.


Patricia Hartranft, general manager of the Collegian, the student-run newspaper at Pennsylvania State University at University Park. She has worked with the paper for 40 years.


George Angle, 94, former senior vice president at the University of Rochester, died on December 28.

Alexinia Young Baldwin, 91, professor emerita of curriculum and instruction in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut, died on January 21.

Rodney Howard Brady, 83, former president of Weber State College (now Weber State University), died on January 9.

Gloria Cerino-Gruss, 85, former professor of English humanities at Morgan State University who was a former president of the Renaissance Institute, died on January 19.

Christopher Haas, 60, associate professor of history and classical studies at Villanova University, died on January 28.

Charles Aubrey LeMaistre, 92, former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and former chancellor of the University of Texas system, died on January 28 in Houston.

Charles MacKenzie, 92, former president and chancellor of Grove City College, died on January 26.