Gazette

Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (6/23/2017)

June 18, 2017

Chrissy Davis Jones
New Chief executives 

Appointments

Carmen Twillie Ambar, president of Cedar Crest College, will become president of Oberlin College in September. She will be Oberlin’s first African-American leader and will succeed Marvin Krislov, who will step down on June 30.

George Hanks Brown, president emeritus of the University of Colorado and a former U.S. senator, will serve as Arcadia University’s interim president starting on July 1.

Daryl Burckel, a professor of accounting, was named president of McNeese State University, in Louisiana. He will succeed Philip Williams, who will retire on June 30.

David Finley, interim provost, vice president for academic affairs, and dean of engineering and business at Lake Superior State University, was named acting president of the Michigan institution following the death of Thomas Pleger, on May 7.

James King, executive vice chancellor at Northeast State Community College, in Tennessee, was appointed interim president. He will take over from Janice Gilliam, who is to retire on June 30.

Kurt Landgraf, former president and chief executive of Educational Testing Service, was named president of Washington College, in Maryland. He will start on July 1, succeeding Sheila Bair.

Charlotte Morris, interim dean of the Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science at Tuskegee University, will serve as interim president.

Joseph Opatz, president emeritus of Normandale Community College, in Minnesota, from which he retired in 2014, will become interim president of Ridgewater College on July 1. He will take over from Doug Allen, who will step down on June 30 after 14 years in office.

Darren Pitcher, vice president for learning and student services, will serve as acting president of Spokane Falls Community College, in Washington, for a year while the college conducts a search to replace Janet Gullickson, who will step down to lead Germanna Community College, in Virginia.

Venkat Reddy was appointed chancellor of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He has held the post on an interim basis since February, following Pam Shockley-Zalabak’s retirement.

Timothy Trainor, who has served as interim president of Mount St. Mary’s University since last June, was named president of the institution, in Maryland. Mr. Trainor is a retired brigadier general in the Army who served for six years as dean of the Academic Board of the U.S. Military Academy. He succeeds Simon Newman, who resigned last year.

Tonjua Williams, senior vice president for student services at St. Petersburg College, was named president, making her the first woman and the first African-American to lead the Florida college.

Resignations

Sheila Bair, president of Washington College, in Maryland, since 2015, will step down on June 30.

Brian L. Johnson, president of Tuskegee University since 2014, will leave office on June 30. The Board of Trustees failed to offer him a contract extension after that date.

Gloria Cordes Larson, president of Bentley University, plans to step down on June 30, 2018. She will have led the university for 11 years.

David Pershing, president of the University of Utah since 2012, will resign and return to the faculty when a successor has been named.

Retirements

Clayton Alred, president of Eastern New Mexico University’s Ruidoso campus since 2009, will retire when a successor has been named.

Janice Gilliam, president of Northeast State Community College, in Tennessee, since 2009, will retire on June 30.

Fran Hendricks, president of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania since 2013, will retire on August 18.

Robert Henry, president of Oklahoma City University, will retire on June 30, 2018, after eight years at the helm.

Sharon Herzberger, will retire as president of Whittier College at the end of the 2017-18 academic year, by which time she will have been in the job for 13 years.

George Pruitt, who has served as president of Thomas Edison State University for 35 years, will retire at the end of this year.

 

Chief academic officers

Appointments

Graciela Caneiro-Livingston, dean of undergraduate studies at Clarke University, to provost at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Jeffrey Duerk, dean of the School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, to executive vice president and provost at the University of Miami.

Wolfgang Natter, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Chestnut Hill College, to vice president for academic affairs at the College of St. Scholastica.

Lori Schroeder, associate dean at Knox College, in Illinois, to provost and dean of Franklin College, in Indiana.

Grant Willhite, who has served as interim vice president for academic affairs at Tennessee Wesleyan University since January, was named to the post permanently.

 

Other top administrators

Appointments

Susan McGarry Basso, vice president for human resources at Pennsylvania State University, to senior vice president for talent, culture, and human resources at the Ohio State University.

Heather Beebe-Stevens, executive director of the Spokane Parks Foundation, to executive director of the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation.

Jason Curtin, who has served as Salisbury University’s interim vice president for advancement since last September, was appointed permanently to the role.

Chrissy Davis Jones, dean of student-support services, to acting vice president for student services at Spokane Falls Community College.

Joseph L. Garcia, vice president for finance and business and chief financial officer at the Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, to executive vice president for administration at Empire State College, part of the State University of New York.

Sergio Gonzalez, senior vice president for university advancement and external affairs at the University of Miami, to senior vice president for advancement at Brown University.

Ira Jackson, vice provost at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, to senior vice president for communications and external relations at Brandeis University.

Melissa Shivers, associate vice chancellor for student life and dean of students at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, to vice president for student life at the University of Iowa.

Roger Wakimoto, assistant director of the National Science Foundation Directorate for Geosciences and a former professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles, to vice chancellor for research at UCLA.

Resignation

Sheldon Retchin, executive vice president for health sciences at Ohio State University and chief executive of its Wexner Medical Center, has resigned.

 

Deans

Appointments

Eugene Anderson, a professor of marketing at the University of Miami and a former dean of its School of Business Administration, to dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University.

Michael Botchan, interim dean of the biological-sciences division at the University of California at Berkeley, was appointed permanently to the post.

Colin Crawford, a professor of environmental law at Tulane University, to dean of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.

David Dees, interim dean of Kent State University’s Columbiana County campuses, was appointed permanently to the job.

Antonio Delgado, a manager of technology programs, to dean of engineering, technology, and design at Miami Dade College.

Bonnie Dow, a professor and chair of the communication-studies department, to dean of the humanities division at Vanderbilt University.

Saeid Eidgahy, dean of the School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at San Diego Mesa College, to senior dean of liberal arts and sciences for the Sonoma County Junior College District at Santa Rosa Junior College.

Erik Farley, associate dean of students and director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement, to dean of student leadership and community engagement at Denison University.

John Gentner, director of the M.B.A. and graduate programs in the School of Management and Leadership at Capital University, to dean of the school.

Richard Greenwald, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, to dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University.

Jonathan Grenz, director of the master’s program in divinity, to dean of the School of Ministry at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Deborah Helitzer, founding dean of the College of Population Health at the University of New Mexico, to dean of the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University at Tempe.

Peggy Johnson, a professor of civil engineering, to dean of Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University at University Park.

Anita Krug, a professor of law, to interim dean of the law school at the University of Washington.

Madeline Medeiros, interim dean of arts, humanities, and social sciences at Cuesta College, was appointed permanently to the post.

Janice Penrod, a professor of nursing and humanities, to interim dean of the College of Nursing at Pennsylvania State University at University Park.

Scott Shamp, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts at Florida State University, to interim dean of the college.

W. Thomas Smith, former pharmacy associate dean of assessment and administration, to dean of pharmacy programs in the College of Pharmacy, Natural, and Health Sciences at Manchester University.

Russell Warley, interim director of the School of Engineering at Pennsylvania State University at Erie, to dean of faculty and a professor of chemical engineering at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Resignation

David Levi, dean of Duke Law School since 2007, will step down in June 2018.

 

Other administrators

Appointments

Ellen Boylan, senior director of institutional research at Marywood University, to assistant provost and director of institutional effectiveness at Manhattan College, in New York.

Jason Chesney, a professor in the departments of biochemistry and molecular biology and pharmacology and toxicology, to associate vice president for health affairs and director of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville.

Antia Dawkins, marketing manager at Lancaster Corporation, to assistant director of marketing at Johnson C. Smith University.

Josh Ellis, communications director for former Govefnor Pat McCrory of North Carolina, to associate vice president for media relations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Anne Gregory, professor and chair of the department of literacy and elementary education at Northern Illinois University, to director of the School of Education and Counseling at Purdue University-Northwest.

Ben Grove, director of development for Virginia Cooperative Extension, to assistant director of strategic partnerships and engagement for Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Global Programs and Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Jennifer Hamer, acting vice provost for diversity and equity at the University of Kansas, was appointed permanently to the job.

Justin Hardin, a professor of biblical and theological studies, to assistant dean of the School of Ministry’s Graduate Department at Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Lauren Hasselbacher, senior investigator in the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance at the University of Colorado at Boulder, to Title IX coordinator at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Christie Henry, editorial director for the sciences, social sciences, and reference at University of Chicago Press, to director of Princeton University Press.

Carla Ho-a, assistant vice chancellor for budget and fiscal planning, to associate vice chancellor for finance and business strategy at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

 

Deaths

Michael Boska, 59, a professor and vice chair of radiology research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, died on May 13 in a one-man-glider accident near Blair, Neb.

Peter Flawn, 91, president emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin, died on May 7.

Alan Tick Hirsch, 62, a former adjunct professor of epidemiology, radiology, and medicine at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, died on April 14.

Anthony Kaye, vice president for scholarly programs at the National Humanities Center, died on May 14.

Allan Meltzer, 89, a professor of political economy at Carnegie Mellon University, died on May 8.

Thomas Martine, 66, assistant order librarian at Princeton University Library, died on April 19 from a heart attack.

Warren Phillips, 90, former president of Dunwoody College of Technology, died in Athens, Ga., on April 7.

Thomas Pleger, 48, president of Lake Superior State University since 2014, died on May 7 after undergoing brain surgery.

Ann R. Porter who served as faculty dean of Dunster House at Harvard University for 16 years, died on May 17 after battling breast cancer.

Judith Stein, 77, a retired professor of history who taught at the City University of New York Graduate Center for 50 years, died on May 8 in New York City.

William Taggart, 55, interim president of Morehouse College, died suddenly, of an aneurysm, on June 7.

Harold Francis Weaver, 99, a professor emeritus and former chair of the astronomy department at the University of California at Berkeley, died on April 26. Mr. Weaver was considered a pioneer of radio astronomy. He founded the Radio Astronomy Laboratory at UC Berkeley and served as its director for 14 years, starting in 1958.