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Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (9/1/2017)

August 27, 2017

Ed Syguda, Otterbein U.
Miguel Martinez-Saenz will be the next president of St. Francis College, in New York.

Chief executives

Appointments 

Joseph Cambray, acting president, provost, and vice president for academic affairs at Pacifica Graduate Institute, has been named the institute’s president and chief executive. 

Jennifer Haygood, chief of staff at North Carolina Community College, to acting president.

Hakim J. Lucas, vice president for institutional advancement at Bethune-Cookman University, was named president of Virginia Union University, effective on September 1. He replaces Joseph F. Johnson, who has been acting president since July 2016.

Miguel Martinez-Saenz, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Otterbein University, will become president of St. Francis College, in New York, in September. He will take over from Timothy J. Houlihan, who has served as interim leader following the death of Brendan J. Dugan in December 2016.

Peter Temes, president and founder of the Innovation in Large Organizations Institute, to regional dean and chief executive of Northeastern University’s Seattle campus.

The Rev. David Tyson, interim president of Holy Cross College at Notre Dame since April, has been appointed to that post permanently. Previously, Father Tyson was director of nonprofit professional development at Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. 

Resignations

James C. Williamson, president of the North Carolina Community College System, says he will resign, effective September 30. He served one year in the role.

Retirements

Kathy A. Krendl, president of Otterbein University since 2009, says she plans to retire in June 2018. During her tenure, the university introduced its first doctoral program, the doctor of nursing practice.

Lee Royce, president of Mississippi College since 2002, says he plans to retire in May 2018. Under his leadership, international and overall enrollment expanded significantly.

Haywood L. Strickland, president of Wiley College, says he plans to retire in June 2018. He has served as president since 2000. During his tenure, the college received a $1-million gift from the actor Denzel Washington to revive its debate team.

Jack Varsalona, president of Wilmington University, retired in June. He first joined the university in 1987 as an executive vice president and provost, and became president in 2005. Under his leadership, enrollment more than doubled, 118 online programs were developed, and the institution made the transition from college to university.

The Rev. Kevin William Wildes, president of Loyola University New Orleans since 2004, will retire in June 2018.

Chief academic officers

Appointments

Frank Boyd, associate provost at Illinois Wesleyan University, to vice president for academic affairs and academic dean at Guilford College.

Ty F. Buckman, vice president for strategic initiatives at Wittenberg University, to provost of Mary Baldwin University.

Jeffrey Carlson, dean of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences at Dominican University, to interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Amiel Jarstfer, dean of Lincoln Memorial University’s School of Mathematics and Sciences and a professor of biology, to vice president for academic affairs.

Kristi Nelson, who retired from the University of Cincinnati in 2015 as senior vice provost for academic affairs, will return to the university as interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, pending a national search.

Laura Ramirez, vice president for academic affairs at East Los Angeles College, to vice president for academic affairs at Rio Hondo College.

David B. Rehm, a professor of philosophy and former provost at Mount St. Mary’s University, to vice president for academic affairs at Misericordia University.

Aysegul Timur, dean of the Johnson School of Business at Hodges University, will also be senior vice president for academic affairs at the university.

Margaret K. Tivey, associate dean of academic programs at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, to vice president and dean for academic programs, effective November 1.

Other top administrators

Appointments

Genaro A. Balcazar, vice president for enrollment management and marketing at North Park University, to vice president for enrollment management at Dominican University.

Christine Bateman, an adjunct professor of arts leadership at Seattle University who led marketing and communications for several arts institutions, to vice president for marketing at Cornish College of the Arts.

Rex E. Bennett, vice president for development and finance at FSJ Inc., a real-estate development and management company in Indianapolis, to vice president for university advancement at Taylor University.

Clarence Boyd Jr., dean of spiritual formation at Oral Roberts University, to vice president for student life.

Walter J. Branson, vice chancellor for finance and operations at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, to vice president for finance and operations and chief business officer at Wright State University.

Jim Cawley, former Pennsylvania lieutenant governor and president and chief executive of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, to vice president of institutional advancement at Temple University.

Debra Cooper, director of enterprise customer-relationship management at Spectrum Health and Priority Health, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to executive vice president for marketing and communications at Davenport University.

Brady Crook, associate vice chancellor for advancement at the University of Illinois at Chicago, to vice president for university advancement at Adelphi University.

Javier Garza, assistant vice president for enrollment management at Tarleton State University, to vice president for enrollment management.

Avijit Ghosh, chief executive of the University of Illinois Hospital, to interim chief financial officer of the University of Illinois system.

Emmanuel Giannelis, a professor of engineering and associate dean for research, graduate, and professional programs in the College of Engineering at Cornell University, to vice provost for research and vice president for technology transfer, intellectual property, and research policy at Cornell University.

Deborah Greubel, director of the School of Nursing at the University of Tulsa, to vice president and dean of the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences at Mary Baldwin University.

Joseph A. Heppert, a professor of chemistry and associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Kansas, to vice president for research at Texas Tech University.

Katy Ho, vice chancellor for academic affairs at Honolulu Community College, to vice president for academic affairs at Portland Community College.

James Hurley, dean of Lincoln Memorial University’s School of Business and a professor of leadership and education policy, to vice president for enrollment, athletics, and public relations.

John Ives, director of college fiscal services and acting vice president of administrative services at Evergreen Valley College, to vice president for business affairs at Villa Maria College of Buffalo.

Peter Landgren, interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of Cincinnati, to president of the University of Cincinnati Foundation and vice president for advancement at the university.

Jacqueline Lewis, senior vice president for development at the University of Iowa Foundation, to vice president of university relations at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Yulian I. Ligioso, vice president for finance and administration for Solano Community College District, to vice president for finance and business at Rio Hondo College.

Kenneth Manotti, vice president of alumni relations and development at the University of Chicago, to senior vice president for university development and alumni relations at New York University.

Loretta P. Martinez, general counsel at Metropolitan State University of Denver, to general counsel and vice chancellor for legal affairs for the City University of New York.

Cathy Mitchell, vice president for student affairs at South Plains College, to vice president for student services at New Mexico Junior College.

Dan Parish, director of the Dartmouth for Life program in Dartmouth College’s Office of Alumni Relations, to vice president for advancement at Colby-Sawyer College.

Michelle Piekutowski, associate vice president for human resources and chief human resources officer at Clemson University, to associate vice president and chief human resources officer at Carnegie Mellon University.

Jeff Reinke, assistant vice president of major gifts at the Alexian Brothers Foundation and AMITA Health, in Chicago, to executive director of the Highland Community College Foundation (Ill.).

Sue Wallace, senior development officer at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, to vice president for institutional advancement at Aquinas Institute of Theology.

Barbara Wilcots, associate provost for graduate studies at the University of Denver, to vice president for student affairs at Regis University.

Ben Williams, interim co-head of information technology at Davenport University, to vice president of information technology and chief information officer.

Frank S. Williams, interim vice president for enrollment management at Daemen University, has been appointed permanently to the role.

Travis Wright, assistant vice president for academic affairs and director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Lincoln Memorial University, to vice president for academic and student support services.

Resignations

Charlie Shepard, vice president for institutional advancement at Asbury University, has stepped down to be senior consultant at the fund-raising consulting firm Gonser Gerber.

Retirements

Jim Berberet, executive director of the Highland Community College Foundation (Ill.), says he will retire this fall. He started working at the community college as a teacher in 1968, and has led the foundation for the past six years.

Linda Seestedt-Stanford, vice president of the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences at Mary Baldwin University, says she plans to retire in November.

Deans

Appointments

Paul Almeida, deputy dean for executive education and innovation at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, to dean of the business school.

Steve Bacon, interim dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education at California State University at Bakersfield, was appointed permanently to the role.

Tanya Boone-Holladay, interim associate dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education at California State University at Bakersfield, was appointed permanently to the role.

Daniel J. Borgia, a professor of finance and dean of the Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College, to academic dean of Bryant University’s campus in Zhuhai, China.

Patty Brechbiel, interim dean for the College of Urban Education at Davenport University, has been appointed permanently to the role.

Jacob Bucher, dean of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies at Baker University, to dean of the College of Applied Social Sciences at Dominican University.

Carole Chabries, dean of graduate and continuing studies at Stephens College, to dean of the School of Adult Learning and New Initiatives at Alverno College.

Dimitri Chamblas, artistic director of the Paris Opera’s creative digital platform 3rd Scene, to dean of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts.

Mark G. Contreras, chief executive of Calkins Media, to dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University.

Kavita R. Dhanwada, associate provost for academic affairs and dean of the graduate college at University of Northern Iowa, to founding dean of the College of Health Sciences at Dominican University.

Lynn Disbrow, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities and a professor of communication studies at Huntingdon College, to dean of University College at Kennesaw State University.

Heath Einstein, interim dean of admission at Texas Christian University, has been appointed permanently to the role.

Shehab El-Hashemy, associate dean of academic delivery at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, to dean of the College of Naturopathic Medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine.

Lori A. Escallier, professor and associate dean in the School of Nursing at Stony Brook University, to dean of the College of Nursing at State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Robert Frakes, chair of the social-sciences department at Clarion University, to dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at California State University at Bakersfield.

Laura N. Gitlin, professor of community public health at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, to dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University.

Angappa Gunasekaran, dean of the Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, to dean of the School of Business and Public Administration at California State University at Bakersfield.

Ruth Williams, dean of the natural science and health careers division at Oakton Community College, to dean of curriculum and instruction.

Anton E. Wohlers, a professor and director of academic enrichment at Cameron University, to dean of behavioral and social sciences at Harford Community College.

Heather Woofter, a professor of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis and co-director of the architecture firm Axi:Ome, to director of the university’s College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design.

Resignations

Nan M. Sussman, dean of the of Humanities and Social Sciences at the City University of New York College of Staten Island Division, planned to step down from that post in August and return to her faculty position as a professor of psychology.

Department chairs

Appointments

Martha D’Amico, principal at Madison Crossing Elementary, in Canton, Miss., to interim chair of the department of education leadership at Mississippi College.

Rainer W.G. Gruessner, chief of transplantation at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, to professor of surgery and chair of the surgery department at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Richard A. House, a professor of American literature at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, to head of the department of humanities and social sciences.

Andrew McCoy, associate director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction and director of the Virginia Center for Housing Research at Virginia Tech, to head of the construction school’s department of building construction.

Lorna C. Shepherd, associate professor of nutrition at Life University, to chair of the health and wellness master’s-degree online program, and maternal and child-health bachelor’s-degree program at Union Institute & University.

Nadine Wheat a consultant specializing in organizational development based in Atlanta, to director of the master’s degree in organizational leadership, bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership, and undergraduate business programs at Union Institute & University.

Other administrators

Appointments

Josh Ambrose, coordinator of the Encompass Distinction program in innovation and entrepreneurship at McDaniel College and its Fulbright Program adviser, to executive director of the college’s Center for Experience and Opportunity.

John Austin, executive director of student affairs at Ryerson University, to interim vice provost for students there.

Richard Brown, director of Georgetown University Press, to director of the University of South Carolina Press.

Corina Chang, manager of graphic and web design at the Salvation Army Northeast Ohio Divisional Headquarters, to manager of marketing and communications at the Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University.

Rea Childs, human-resources director for the division of information technology at George Washington University, to human-resources director at the university’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Jennifer Cho, director of development at the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University, to director of development at the university’s College of Global Public Health.

Regina Craven, annual-fund coordinator at Winston-Salem State University, to director of the annual fund.

Adia N. Daniels, director of Greek student engagement and development at Western Carolina University, to assistant dean of students at Newberry College.

JoAnn DellaNeva, a professor of Romance languages and literatures at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed academic director of the university’s London Global Gateway.

Retirements

Frankie O. Felder, senior associate dean of Clemson University’s graduate school, has retired and been awarded professor emerita status. She began as an assistant dean at the graduate school in 1987.

Faculty

Appointments

Jennifer S. Bard, a professor of law and dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, has a one-year appointment as a visiting professor of law and medicine Penn State Law and the Penn State College of Medicine.

Annie B. Fox, a postdoctoral research associate at the VA Boston Healthcare System, to assistant professor of quantitative methods at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.

Brett Frischmann, director of the Cardozo Intellectual Property and Information Law Program and a professor of law at Yeshiva University, to professor of law, business, and economics at Villanova University.

Tom Hammett, associate dean of academic programs and professor of sustainable biomaterials at Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, will be a visiting professor at the Agriculture and Forestry University in Nepal, effective in March 2018. He will continue to teach and conduct research at Virginia Tech throughout this four-year appointment.

David Johnson, a retired U.S. Marine and author who wrote the Army Environmental Compliance Handbook, to environmental technology-compliance specialization instructor at Texas State Technical College.

Elton Skendaj, a professor of political science at the University of Miami, to professor of peace studies at Manchester University.

Retirements

Becky Fox, associate professor of music in the Alabama School of the Arts at the University of Mobile, has retired. She started working at the university in 1979 as a part-time music instructor.

Anne Lowery, professor of business at the University of Mobile’s School of Business, has retired after 27 years at the university.

AWARDS

Life Achievement in Psychology

The American Psychological Foundation has named the winners of its Gold Medal Awards for Life Achievement.

Rodney R. Baker, a retired clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, won the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology.

Robert J. Gatchel, a professor of psychology and clinical health psychology and director of the Center of Excellence for the Study of Health and Chronic Illnesses at the University of Texas at Arlington, won the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology.

Lynn Nadel, professor emeritus of psychology and cognitive science and chair of the faculty at the University of Arizona, won the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology.

Joseph Trimble, a professor of psychology and a research associate at the Center for Cross-Cultural Research at Western Washington University, won the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in Psychology in the Public Interest.

‘Great Immigrants’

Sixteen academics and university presidents who are naturalized U.S. citizens are among the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s 2017 Great Immigrants honorees. They are listed below, with their countries of origin in parentheses.

Daron Acemoglu, a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-author of the book Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (Turkey).

Kwame Anthony Appiah, a professor of philosophy and law at New York University (Ghana).

Ángel Cabrera, president of George Mason University (Spain).

Graciela Chichilnisky, a professor of economics and statistics at Columbia University and a key contributor to the Kyoto Protocol international treaty on climate change (Argentina).

Oliver Hart, a professor of economics at Harvard University (England).

Daniel Kahneman, professor emeritus of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University (Israel).

J. Michael Kosterlitz, a professor of physics at Brown University (Scotland).

Nergis Mavalvala, a professor of astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Pakistan).

Thuy Thi Nguyen, president of Foothill College (Vietnam).

Viet Thanh Nguyen, a professor of English and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Sympathizer (Vietnam).

Chinelo Okparanta, a professor of creative writing at Bucknell University, and author of Happiness, Like Water (Nigeria).

Andrew V. Schally, distinguished professor of hematology, oncology, and pathology and head of the Endocrine, Polypeptide and Cancer Institute at the University of Miami (Poland).

J. Fraser Stoddart, a professor of chemistry and director of the Center for Chemistry of Integrated Systems at Northwestern University (Scotland).

David Thouless, professor emeritus of physics at the University of Washington (Scotland).

Rainer Weiss, professor emeritus of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Germany).

Feng Zhang, a professor of neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Broad Institute (China).

Poetry Prize

Solmaz Sharif, a lecturer in poetry at Stanford University, has won the Theodore H. Holmes ’51 and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize, awarded by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ program in creative writing at Princeton University.

Deaths

M. Joan Dawson, a professor emerita of molecular and integrative physiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a pioneer of in vivo magnetic-resonance spectroscopy, died on July 27. She was 73. Among her scientific contributions were seminal Nature and Journal of Physiology papers in the 1970s and 80s explaining mechanisms of muscle energetics and fatigue using magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

William Theodore de Bary, a professor emeritus and provost emeritus at Columbia University who established its Heyman Center for the Humanities, died on July 14. He was 97. He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2014.

Marian Cleeves Diamond, 90, professor emerita of integrative biology at the University of California at Berkeley, died on July 25. An expert in brain anatomy, Ms. Diamond was one of the first female science instructors at Cornell University, where she began teaching in 1955. She became famous in the 1990s for studying preserved slices of Albert Einstein’s brain.

Samuel L. Griffin, former director of bands at Alcorn State University, died in early August. He founded the university’s Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite.

Cathleen S. Morawetz, who was a professor at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Science for over 60 years, died on August 8. She was 94. For her pioneering engineering research on airflow over airplane wings flying faster than the speed of sound, and remote-sensing techniques like radar and ultrasound, Ms. Morawetz received the National Medal of Science in 1998. She also served as the Courant Institute’s first female director from 1984 to 1988.

Sam Sanderson, research associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy, died on August 8. He was 63.

Sam Shanmugan, 74, a distinguished professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of Kansas, died on August 1. Mr. Shanmugan taught at the university for 34 years before retiring in 2015.

Steve Starkey, who was instrumental in introducing the teaching of formal writing in English to Hungarians, died in Budapest, Hungary, on July 18. He was 60. Mr. Starkey taught English at the University of Pécs from 1986 to 1995 and later for two years in South Korea. He translated Hungarian archaeology and art books into English, and presented new methodologies in foreign-language learning and instruction.

Louis Szalontai, a chief business and financial officer at three universities, died in Cleveland on August 9, following a lengthy battle with bone-marrow cancer. He was 78. In 1969, Mr. Szalontai joined Kenyon College as a comptroller. In 1978, he became vice president for business affairs and treasurer at Ashland University, and then held those roles at Southern Connecticut State University and Ohio Wesleyan University. He left Ohio Wesleyan in 1995 to join Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was vice president for finance and assistant to the president for special-needs projects until he retired in 2002.

Steadman Upham, 68, an anthropologist and president emeritus of the University of Tulsa, died July 30. Mr. Upham led Tulsa from 2004 to 2016. Before that, from 1998 to 2004, he was president of Claremont Graduate University.

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Correction (9/6/2017, 5:15 p.m.): The death notice for Marian Cleeves Diamond should have identified her as one of the first female science instructors at Cornell University rather than the first. The item has been corrected.