Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (5/12/2017)

May 07, 2017

Wendell Pritchett

Chief executives


Vic Adams will become president and chief executive of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College on June 1. He has worked with the institution since 1997 and is currently its chief work-force-solutions officer and vice president, as well as director of its Middlesboro campus.

Joyce Helens, president of St. Cloud Technical and Community College since 2006, will join Great Basin College, in Nevada, as president on August 1. She will replace Mark Curtis, who will retire on June 30.

Pat Huber, vice president for instruction and student services at New River Community College, was appointed its president, effective July 1. She will be the first woman to serve as the college’s permanent president. Ms. Huber will succeed Jack Lewis, who retired last year after 17 years at the helm.

Karol Mason, who served as a U.S. assistant attorney general under President Barack Obama, will be the first woman and the first African-American to serve as president of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York system. She will take over from Jeremy Travis, who has led the college for 13 years, on August 1.

Carol A. Moore, executive vice president and provost at Columbia College, in South Carolina, was appointed interim president. She will take over from Elizabeth Dinndorf, who will retire on June 30.

David Shannon, a minister at Mt. Juliet Church of Christ, in Nashville, was named president of Freed-Hardeman University. He will succeed Joe Wiley, who will retire after nine years at the helm.


David Pershing, president of the University of Utah since 2012, has announced that he will step down when a successor has been named.


Daniel J. Bradley, president of Indiana State University since 2008, plans to step down in January 2018.

Michelle D. Johnson, superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy since 2013 and the first woman to lead the academy, plans to retire this year.


Chief academic officers


Nolan Atkins will become provost of Lyndon and Johnson State Colleges in July and a year later will become the first provost of Northern Vermont University, which the two colleges will merge to form. He is currently interim president of Lyndon State College.

Wendell Pritchett, a professor of law and education and a former interim dean of law, will become provost of the University of Pennsylvania.


Other top administrators


Randall Arvay, chief information-security officer at Mississippi Medical Center, will hold a similar position at the University of Utah.

Laurie Bellows, acting dean of graduate studies, to interim vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

A. Lorris Betz, a former interim president of the University of Utah, will leave retirement to serve as interim senior vice president for health sciences, executive dean of the medical school, and chief executive of the university’s health-care system.

Randy Edwards, interim vice chancellor for university advancement at Appalachian State University, was appointed permanently to the role.

Alexa Wood Gaeta, interim vice president for enrollment and dean of admissions at Agnes Scott College, has been appointed permanently to the post.

Ryan Robinson, senior associate athletic director of communications, to vice chancellor for communications at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.


Vivian Lee will step down as senior vice president for health sciences, dean of the medical school, and chief executive of the health-care system at the University of Utah.




Kathleen Blee, associate dean of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and a professor of sociology, to dean of the school and dean of the College of General Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

Marvin Chun, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Yale University, to dean of Yale College.

Maureen Lally-Green will be the first woman to serve as dean of the law school at Duquesne University. She has been serving as interim dean since last July.

Bryan Penprase, founding director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Yale-NUS College, in Singapore, to dean of faculty and a professor of science at Soka University of America.


Other administrators


Gerald Beasley, vice provost and chief librarian at the University of Alberta, in Canada, to university librarian at Cornell University.

Teresa Boyer, executive director of the Center for Women and Work and an assistant research professor at Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, to founding director of the Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership and an associate professor of education and counseling at Villanova University.

Timothy Carr, a professor and chair of the department of nutrition and health sciences, to interim associate vice chancellor and dean of graduate education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Melinda Stoops, associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Framingham State University, to associate vice president for student affairs at Boston College.

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