Gazette

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

February 26, 2017

Mrinal Mugdh Varma

Chief executives

Appointments

P. Barry Butler, executive vice president and provost at the University of Iowa, was named president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He will start his new post on March 13.

Deb Carlson, executive vice president at Nebraska Methodist College, will be its president as of August. She will take over from Dennis Joslin, who will retire at the end of July after 15 years at the helm. Mr. Joslin has worked at the college for 41 years.

Shirley Collado, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer at Rutgers University at Newark, was named president of Ithaca College. She will take over from Thomas Rochon, who has led the college since 2008.

Janine Davidson, former under secretary of the United States Navy, was appointed president of Metropolitan State University of Denver. She will take over from Stephen Jordan, who helped the institution to achieve university status during his tenure. Mr. Jordan plans to retire in June after 12 years at the helm. Ms. Davidson will start in July.

Susan Donovan will serve as president of Bellarmine University, starting on July 1. Ms. Donovan will join Bellarmine from Loyola University Maryland, where she has worked for 32 years, most recently as executive vice president. She will take over from interim president Doris Tegart. Ms. Tegart assumed the role after the death in March 2016 of Joseph McGowan, who had led the institution since 1990.

A. Gabriel Esteban was named president of DePaul University. Mr. Esteban has served since 2011 as president of Seton Hall University, where he helped to establish a new School of Medicine. He will start at DePaul in July as its first lay leader and will succeed the Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, who has led the university since 2004.

Jennifer Frum, vice president for public service and outreach at the University of Georgia, will serve as interim president of Armstrong State University, in Savannah, Ga. She will take over after Linda Bleicken retires in June.

James Herbert, executive vice provost and dean of the Graduate College at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, was named president of the University of New England, in Maine. He will start in July, succeeding Danielle Ripich, who led the institution for 11 years.

Gary May will become chancellor of the University of California at Davis in August. He is dean of the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The previous chancellor, Linda Katehi, resigned in August after an investigation into possible ethics violations drew mixed conclusions.

Amy McCormack, senior vice president for finance and administration at Dominican University, will become president of Calumet College of St. Joseph on July 1. She will succeed Daniel Lowery, who will take a faculty position.

Joshua Merchant has been named president of Buena Vista University. He will start in July, transitioning from his post as vice president for development and alumni engagement at the University of North Florida and executive director and chief executive of its foundation. He will succeed Frederick Moore, who is stepping down after 22 years as president.

Duane Nellis, who stepped down as Texas Tech University’s president last year, has been appointed president of Ohio University. He will start on July 1 and will succeed Roderick McDavis, who retired four months earlier than planned to be managing principal of a higher-education search firm.

Pedro Reyes, special assistant to the chancellor of the University of Texas system, was appointed acting president of the University of Texas at San Antonio. He took over from Ricardo Romo, who has been placed on administrative leave while the university conducts an investigation into allegations related to his conduct. Mr. Romo had planned to retire this August. He is the institution’s first Hispanic president and has been its leader for 18 years.

Retirement

Dennis Joslin, chief executive of Nebraska Methodist College, effective on July 31.

Chief academic officers

Appointments

Jayanth Banavar, dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland at College Park, to provost and senior vice president at the University of Oregon.

Andrew Cornell Sr., dean of allied health, to acting provost for the medical-education campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Sharon Davies, vice provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Ohio State University, to provost and vice president for academic affairs at Spelman College.

Jennifer Drake, dean of the Shaheen College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Indianapolis, to academic vice president and provost at Evergreen State College.

Graham Glynn, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fort Hays State University, to provost and vice president for academic affairs at Radford University.

Cynthia Larive, vice provost for undergraduate education, to interim provost at the University of California at Riverside.

Mrinal Mugdh Varma, associate vice president for academic affairs at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, to provost and senior vice chancellor at Auburn University at Montgomery.

Resignation

Anne Loochtan, provost for the medical-education campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Other top administrators

Appointments

David Ash, interim vice president and dean, to vice president for research and dean of graduate studies at Central Michigan University.

Michael Casey, vice president for advancement at Skidmore College, to vice president for college advancement at Trinity College (Conn.).

Ande Diaz, associate provost for diversity and organizational development at Allegheny College, will be Saint Anselm College’s first chief diversity officer.

Maurice Edington, founding dean of the College of Science and Technology, to vice president for strategic planning, analysis, and institutional effectiveness at Florida A&M University.

Nathan Green, assistant vice chancellor for state-government relations, to interim vice chancellor for public affairs at Vanderbilt University.

Dan Kim, executive director of communications and marketing for the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, to vice president for communications at the College of the Holy Cross.

Kallie Bila Michels, associate vice president for communications, to vice president for communications at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Melur Ramasubramanian, director of the Engineering Research Centers program at the National Science Foundation and a professor and chair of the mechanical-engineering department at Clemson University, to vice president for research at the University of Virginia.

Nancy Rewis, vice president for marketing and e-commerce at Gem Shopping Network, to vice president for marketing and communications at Berry College.

Retirements

Paula Bonner, president of the alumni association and chief alumni officer at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, effective on October 31.

Shane Giese, chief executive of the University of Montana Foundation.

Deans

Appointments

Michelle Boyce, an assistant professor of dental hygiene at Georgia Highlands College and a candidate for a doctorate in health science at Nova Southeastern University, to dean of health sciences at Georgia Highlands.

Laurie Carbo-Porter, acting dean, to dean of the School of Health Sciences at Excelsior College.

Amy Cataldi, interim dean, to dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University.

John DiPippa, a professor of law and public policy, to interim dean of the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Jason Faulk, director of admissions at the University of North Texas, to dean of admissions at Longwood University.

Heather Gerken will be the first woman to serve as dean of Yale Law School. She is a professor of law at Yale and will begin her deanship in July.

Laura Haas, director of the IBM Research Accelerated Discovery Lab at IBM Research, to dean of the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Madeleine Landrieu, a judge on the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, to dean of the College of Law at Loyola University New Orleans.

Gary Malecha, a professor of political science, to interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Portland.

Elizabeth Moje, associate dean of research and community education, to dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Lisa Nolan, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University, to dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia.

John Pollitz, director of libraries at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, to dean of library affairs at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Li-Fang Shih, acting dean, to dean of the School of Business and Technology at Excelsior College.

Kathleen Sommers, interim dean, to dean of health and public services at Stark State College.

Marianne Ward-Peradoza, associate dean of the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola University Maryland, to dean of the School of Business Administration at Marymount University.

Lynda Welage, dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of New Mexico, to dean of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota.

Diane Welsh, interim dean, to dean of the School of Nursing at Regis College.

Peter Witte, dean of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, to dean of the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific.

Resignations

Peter Blair Henry, dean of the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Kellye Testy, dean of the School of Law at the University of Washington.

Ian Waitz, dean of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Retirement

Barbara Shank, dean of St. Catherine University-University of St. Thomas’s School of Social Work.

Other administrators

Appointments

Michael Andrews, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Portland, to director of Loyola University Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center, in Rome, Italy.

Randy Barnett, chair of the psychology department and an associate professor of psychology, to associate dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Michael Faulkender, an associate professor of finance, to associate dean of the master’s programs in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Adam Fein, associate director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, to assistant provost for educational innovation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Gina Sanchez Gibau, associate dean of student affairs in the School of Liberal Arts, to associate vice chancellor for faculty diversity and inclusion at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Chad Haefele, interim head of user experience and assessment, to head of user experience and assessment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.

Richard McCann, an associate professor of biochemistry, to assistant dean of faculty affairs and professional development at the School of Medicine at Mercer University.

A. Gabriel Melendez, a professor of American studies, to director of the Center for Regional Studies at the University of New Mexico.

Kuldeep Puppala, assistant provost for assessment and institutional research at Seton Hall University, to assistant vice president for institutional research and assessment at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury.

Jessie Rosa, associate athletics director and senior woman administrator, to director of athletics at Auburn University at Montgomery.

Sergio Ruiz, professor and chair of the music department at Georgia College, to director of the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Christine Stachowicz, head of e-resources and serials management, to director of technical services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.

G. Don Taylor, interim dean of the College of Engineering, to vice provost for learning-systems innovation and effectiveness at Virginia Tech.

Archie Tucker II, interim vice president, to vice president for marketing, communications, and advancement at Alabama A&M University.

Steve Wilson, assistant athletics director of sports communications and coach of women’s golf, to associate athletics director of media relations and compliance at Park University.

Fei Yu, a former research associate at the Laboratory of Applied Informatics Research, to health-information-technology librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries.

Resignations

Brad Bates, director of athletics at Boston College, has stepped down to become vice president at Collegiate Sports Associates of Chapel Hill, N.C., which conducts executive searches for intercollegiate athletics.

Joe Dean Jr., senior vice president for advancement at Birmingham-Southern College.

Department chairs

Appointment

Abolfozl Mohammadian, a professor of engineering, to head of the department of civil and materials engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Retirements

Tobe Johnson, professor and chair of the department of political science at Morehouse College.

Robert Klaeger, chair of the department of media, communications, and visual arts at Pace University.

Faculty

Appointments

John Kerry, the former U.S. secretary of state, will serve as a distinguished fellow for global affairs at Yale University. He will manage the Kerry Initiative, an interdisciplinary program to teach, hold conferences, and do research on international relations and the environment.

Samir Mitragotri, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara, to professor of bioengineering at Harvard University.

Fred Murray, managing director of international tax services at Grant Thornton, to professor of tax practice at the University of Florida.

Awards

Jeffrey Angles, a professor of world languages and literatures at Western Michigan University, received the Yomiuri Prize for Literature in poetry, a Japanese literary award, for his Japanese-language book of poetry, Watashi no hizukehenkosen (My International Date Line).

Norman Pumphrey, an associate professor of civil engineering and chair of construction-engineering technology at Louisiana Tech University, has received the 2017 Professional Engineer Faculty Professionalism Award from the Louisiana Engineering Foundation.

Jeffrey Ravetch, a professor and head of the Leonard Wagner Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Immunology at Rockefeller University, won the 2017 Ross Prize in Molecular Medicine from the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

Edward Schiappa, head of MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing and a professor of humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, received the Charles H. Woolbert Research Award from the National Communication Association.

Deaths

Kenneth Arrow, 95, a former professor of economics and a professor emeritus of operations research at Stanford University, died on February 21 in Palo Alto, Calif. Mr. Arrow won several awards for his work, including a Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science in 1972 and a National Medal of Science. He is well known for his book Social Choice and Individual Values, which was published in 1951; it proposed the idea that would later be known as "Arrow’s Impossibility Theorem."

K. Nelson Butler, 77, a former interim president, vice president for academic affairs, and founding dean of the School of Professional Studies at Salisbury University, died on February 15 in Salisbury, Md.

Mildred Dresselhaus, 86, professor emerita of physics and electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died on February 20. She was the first woman to serve as a full, tenured professor there. Ms. Dresselhaus was dubbed the "Queen of Carbon Science" for her extensive research on the element. She has been praised for her work and her efforts in helping women advance in the fields of science and engineering. She was awarded a National Medal of Science in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014 by President Barack Obama.