Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (4/7/2017)

April 02, 2017

Katherine Baicker

Chief executives


Benjamin Allen, a former president of the University of Northern Iowa, will become interim president of Iowa State University on May 9 and will serve as senior policy adviser from April 17 to May 8. Mr. Allen will take over from Steven Leath, who is leaving to be president of Auburn University.

Jimmy Baker was named chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, beginning April 1. He has served as its acting chancellor since August last year when Mark Heinrich took medical leave. Mr. Heinrich said he planned to retire in April 1.

Marc Camille, vice president for enrollment management and communications at Loyola University Maryland, was named president of Albertus Magnus College, in Connecticut. Mr. Camille will start on June 30 and will take over from interim president Sister Anne Kilbride, who has led the institution since last summer, when Julia McNamara retired after 34 years at the helm.

David Cassady, founder and president of Faithlab, a creative-services firm that works with churches and nonprofit religious groups, was named president of the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. He will start in May and will succeed the seminary’s first president, Greg Earwood, who retired in July last year after 15 years at the helm.

Chris Domes, president of Silver Lake College, in Wisconsin, was named president of Neumann University, in Pennsylvania. He will take office on July 1 and will succeed Rosalie Mirenda, who plans to retire on June 30. She has led the university for 21 years.

Marshall Hicks, head of diagnostic imaging at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, was appointed the center’s interim president. He took over from Ronald DePinho, who has retired.

Steven Leath, president of Iowa State University, will lead Auburn University, starting on July 15. He will succeed Jay Gogue, who is retiring after 10 years as president.

Mary Meehan, a former president of Alverno College, in Wisconsin, was appointed interim president of Seton Hall University, in New Jersey. Ms. Meehan will start on April 11 and will take over from A. Gabriel Esteban, who will become president of DePaul University.

Patricia Moulton, who has served as interim president of Vermont Technical College since September, was appointed president. She will be the first woman to lead the college. Ms. Moulton was previously secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development for the State of Vermont.

The Rev. Scott Pilarz, president of Georgetown Preparatory School, in Maryland, was named president of the University of Scranton. He previously led the university, in Pennsylvania, from 2003 to 2011. He will succeed Kevin Quinn, who will step down in June.

Kevin Rome Sr., president of Lincoln University, in Missouri, was appointed president of Fisk University, in Tennessee. He will take over from Frank Sims, who has served as interim president since September 2015, when H. James Williams resigned. Mr. Rome will start on July 1.

Juan Salgado will be the next chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago. He has served since 2001 as chief executive of Instituto del Progreso Latino. Mr. Salgado will succeed Cheryl Hyman, who has served as chancellor for seven years.

Gerard St. Amand, a law professor at Northern Kentucky University who previously served as dean of its law school, was appointed the university’s interim president. He will take over from Geoffrey Mearns, who will leave to lead Ball State University.


Jairy Hunter Jr., president of Charleston Southern University, will step down on May 31, 2018. He will have led the university for 34 years.


John Anderson, president of Millersville University of Pennsylvania, said he plans to retire on March 1, 2018.

Chief academic officers


Jennifer Evans-Cowley, vice provost for capital planning and regional campuses at Ohio State University, to provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Texas.

Other top administrators


Kendra Cooks, former university comptroller at Purdue University, to chief financial officer at Wabash College.

Jacqueline Travisano, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Nova Southeastern University, to executive vice president for business and finance and chief operating officer at the University of Miami.



Aviva Abramovsky, associate dean of international initiatives at Syracuse University College of Law, to dean of the School of Law at the University at Buffalo.

Katherine Baicker, a professor of health economics at Harvard University, to dean of the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Philip Dawson, associate dean of the graduate program at the Scripps Research Institute, was promoted to dean.

Susan Duncan, interim dean of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, to dean of the School of Law at the University of Mississippi.

N. Bruce Duthu, associate dean of the faculty for international studies and interdisciplinary programs and a professor of Native American studies, to dean of the faculty of arts and sciences at Dartmouth College.

Jennifer Friend, an associate dean in the School of Graduate Studies and director of the Preparing Future Faculty program at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, to dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Rockhurst University, in Missouri.

Perry Halkitis, senior associate dean of the College of Global Public Health at New York University, to dean of the School of Public Health at Rutgers University at New Brunswick.

Anne P. Massey was appointed dean of the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Ms. Massey is associate vice president for university academic planning and policy at Indiana University at Bloomington and a professor of information systems in its Kelley School of Business.

Keith Mueller, head of the department of health management and policy at the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health, was appointed interim dean of the college.

Laurie Zoloth was appointed dean of the University of Chicago Divinity School. She holds appointments in the department of religious studies and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, where she is a professor.


Jay Conison, dean of the Charlotte School of Law, has stepped down to rejoin the school’s faculty.

Other administrators


Mark Auslander, director of the Museum of Culture and Environment and an associate professor in the anthropology and museum-studies department at Central Washington University, to director of the Michigan State University Museum.

Zeke Barlow, assistant director, to director of communications and marketing for the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Ash Carter, a former U.S. secretary of defense, will serve as director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University and a professor of technology and global affairs.

Ra’Sheda Forbes, interim assistant vice president for multicultural affairs at Mississippi State University, was appointed to the post permanently.

Sara Judge, global director at Avenues: The World School, a group of international K-12 schools, to deputy vice president for development at Princeton University.

David Pacheco, a research lawyer in the university counsel office, to affirmative-action officer in the human-resources department at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


2017 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy

Andrés Reséndez, a professor of history at the University of California at Davis, received the award for his book The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America.

Heather Ann Thompson, a professor of history and of Afroamerican and African studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, received the award for her book Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.

Nancy Tomes, a professor of history at Stony Brook University, received the award for her book Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients into Consumers.

Other Awards

Gail Mellow, president of City University of New York LaGuardia Community College, received the 2017 TIAA Institute Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in Higher Education from the American Council on Education, which administers the award on behalf of the TIAA Institute.

Onora Sylvia O’Neill, an honorary professor emerita of philosophy at the University of Cambridge, was named the 2017 Laureate for the Holberg Prize for her contributions to the field of philosophy and for renewing interest in the work of Immanuel Kant. The Holberg Prize, which comes this year with a financial award of about $525,000, is bestowed by the government of Norway.

Barbara Racine, director of the college bookstore at the University of Puget Sound, has received the Aspen Award from the National Association of College Stores for her lifelong contributions to the industry.

Rachel Rinehart, a visiting assistant professor in the English department at Marshall University, won the national 2016 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry, which is sponsored by the creative-writing program at California State University at Fresno. Her book, The Church in the Plains, was chosen from 815 submissions.

Cindy Schwarz, a professor of physics at Vassar College, will receive the 2017 David Halliday and Robert Resnick Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Physics Teaching from the American Association of Physics Teachers.

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