Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (9/8/2017)

September 03, 2017

Rebecca Wyke, president of the U. of Maine at Augusta

Chief executives


Jeanne Colleran, provost and academic vice president at John Carroll University, became interim president of the university on June 1. Her appointment followed the retirement of the Rev. Robert L. Niehoff, who led John Carroll for 12 years.

Dennis Epps, acting chancellor of Louisiana Delta Community College since August 2016, was appointed to that post permanently in June. Earlier, he was vice president for work-force solutions at Louisiana Community and Technical College system.

Thomas M. Evans, who was president of Carroll College from 2012 until July 31 of this year, became president of the University of the Incarnate Word on August 1. He succeeds Louis Agnese Jr., who retired last year after leading the institution for three decades.

Protik (Tiku) Majumder, a professor of natural philosophy and director of the Science Center at Williams College, will become the college’s interim president on January 1. The current president, Adam Falk, plans to step down at the end of the year to lead the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Peter W.T. Pisters, president and chief executive of University Health Network, in Toronto, has been named sole finalist to be president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Previously he worked as medical director of MD Anderson’s six regional cancer centers.

The Rev. Stephen C. Rowan, who was interim dean of arts and sciences at Saint Martin’s University, in Washington, became interim president of Carroll College, in Montana, on August 1. He also served as interim president of Carroll in 2000-1.

Dennis N. Voskuil, director of Hope College’s A.C. Van Raalte Institute, began serving as the college’s interim president on July 1. He took the place of John Knapp, who became president of Washington & Jefferson College on August 1.

Rebecca Wyke, vice chancellor for finance and administration in the University of Maine system, became president of the University of Maine at Augusta on July 1. She was interim president there for six months in 2015. 


Charlotte Borst has stepped down as president of the College of Idaho after two years in the role. Bob Hoover, who was the college’s president from 2003 to 2008, will be interim leader while a permanent replacement is sought.


Horace Mitchell, president of California State University at Bakersfield since 2004, says he will retire on June 30, 2018. Before taking the helm there, he was vice chancellor for business and administrative services at the University of California at Berkeley.

Chief academic officers


Nancy Berner

Nancy Berner, associate provost of the University of the South, to provost.

Mark Byrnes, interim provost at Middle Tennessee State University, was installed permanently as provost and chief academic officer.

Aimé Sposato, associate dean for undergraduate studies at Shenandoah University, to provost at Ferrum College.

Other top administrators


Tess Coody-Anders, founder and chief executive of Wellvana, which makes digital consumer-engagement software for health-care providers, to chief marketing communications officer at Trinity University.

Ruth Corey, director of nursing and academics at Marian University at Saint Thomas Health, in Nashville, to executive director of Lipscomb University’s School of Nursing.

Jacqueline Jackson, dean of student services at Anne Arundel Community College, to vice president for student affairs and institutional effectiveness at Harford Community College.

Kimberly Joyce, assistant vice president for educational support at Delaware Technical Community College, to vice president for student services and enrollment management at Cecil College.

Wendy Lowery, vice chancellor for institutional advancement at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, to vice president for advancement at Radford University.

Christina Mazzella, executive director of human resources for the Allentown School District, in Pennsylvania, to chief human resources officer at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Margaret McKeon, vice president and chief compliance officer at Crozer Keystone Health System, to chief compliance officer at the Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Bobbie Remias, director of finance and investments at Macomb Community College, to interim vice chancellor for administrative services at Oakland Community College.

Belinda M. Richardson, assistant dean of academic affairs at Cuyahoga Community College’s Metropolitan campus, to vice president for academic affairs at Butler County Community College.

Mark A. Robinson, interim senior vice president for finance and chief financial officer at the Marshall University, was appointed permanently to the role.

Shahrooz Roohparvar, chief financial officer at the Milan Institute, to vice president for finance and administrative services at Arizona Western College.

Jodie Sperico, senior director of alumni relations at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, to executive director of alumni relations at Adelphi University.

Sam Stark, chief community-relations officer at Rollins College, also to be chief marketing officer.

Robert Steinmetz, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Harrisburg Area Community College, to vice president for student affairs at Portland Community College.

David M. Stern, executive dean and vice chancellor for clinical affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, to vice chancellor for health affairs for statewide initiatives at the center.

Jimmy Tate, president of Roanoke-Chowan Community College, to chief of staff at North Carolina Central University.

Greg Theisen, chief information officer at Mercy College, to chief information and technology officer at Post University.

Michael S. Titus, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army and an assistant professor and course director at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, to commandant of cadets at Norwich University.

Mark C. Titzer, director of business and finance at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, to vice president for finance at Dominican University.

Russell Wigginton, vice president for external programs at Rhodes College, to vice president for student life and dean of students.



Rebecca A. Chaisson, a professor of social work at Southern University at New Orleans, to dean of the School of Social Work.

Jennifer Daniels, interim dean of language and literature for the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College, was appointed permanently to the role.

Evelyn B. Harrell, interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Southern University at New Orleans, has been named permanently to the role.

Ryan C. Holmes, assistant vice president for student support at the University of Texas at El Paso, to associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students at the University of Miami.

Leonda Keniston, director of assessment and planning at Wor-Wic Community College, to dean of the humanities, fine arts, and social-sciences division at Piedmont Virginia Community College.

Brian Klaas, senior associate dean for research and academics and director of the Riegel & Emory Human Resource Center at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business, to dean of the Henry W. Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Kai S. Koong, a professor of economics and management at Xidian University, in China, to dean of the Andrew F. Brimmer College of Business and Information Science at Tuskegee University.

Germaine Louis, director and senior investigator in the division of intramural population-health research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health, to dean of the School of Health and Human Services at George Mason University, effective in October.

Justin Schwartz, head of the materials science and engineering department at North Carolina State University, to dean of the College of Engineering at Pennsylvania State University at University Park.


Beverly C. Favre, dean of the School of Social Work at Southern University at New Orleans, has retired.

Cliff Haury, dean of the humanities, fine arts, and social-sciences division at Piedmont Virginia Community College, has retired after more than 40 years at the college.

Other administrators


Erica Bowers, associate professor of reading and literacy education at California State University at Fullerton, to director of its Faculty Development Center.

Tami Bui, principal manager for corporate philanthropy for Southern California Edison, to associate vice president for government and community relations at California State University at Fullerton.

Mary Beth Foust, coordinator of the Bonner Leader program at High Point University, to assistant director of civic responsibility and social innovation in the service-learning program.

Jordan Gregory, a success counselor and facility director of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority at Syracuse University, to a resident director in the Office of Student Life at High Point University.

Daniel Grunfeld, a Los Angeles lawyer and president and chief executive of Public Counsel, to executive vice dean for strategy and partnerships at the Pardee RAND Graduate School of Policy Studies.

David Guerin, executive director of university communications at Louisiana Tech University, to associate vice provost for communications at Virginia Tech.

Elizabeth Hinson, graduate assistant in the Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention at the University of Virginia, to a resident director in the Office of Student Life at High Point University

Sylvester Johnson

Sylvester Johnson, an associate professor of African-American studies and religious studies at Northwestern University, to director of the Center for the Humanities and assistant vice provost for the humanities at Virginia Tech.

Persis Karim, a professor of English and comparative literature and founding director of the Persian Studies Program at San Jose State University, to director of the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at San Francisco State University.

Amy B. McIntosh, former acting assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education under President Obama, to associate vice chancellor for academic strategy at City University of New York.

Steven Michels, director of university assessment at Sacred Heart University, to assistant provost for teaching and learning.

Christina Olsen, director of the Williams College Museum of Art, to director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Julia Pomerenk, registrar at Washington State University, to assistant vice president and university registrar at the University of Oregon.

Mary-Jeanne Raleigh, director of youth and family services at United Counseling Service, to executive director of counseling services at High Point University.

Brandy Salmon, director and program lead at RTI International, to executive director of Virginia Tech’s business-engagement center.

Jo-ey Tang, former curator at Centre for Contemporary Art Futura, in Prague, to head of the Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design.

Andria Williamson, an ordained minister in Summerfield, N.C., to manager of chapel programs at High Point University.


Norris Allen Edney Sr., who served as interim and acting president of Alcorn State University through two leadership transitions, in 2010-11 and 2013-14, died on August 26. He previously served as chairman of the university’s biology department and dean of arts and sciences.

Christopher M. Patti, chief campus counsel of the University of California at Berkeley, was killed in Sonoma County on August 27 after a car struck his bicycle. He was 59.

Paul Frank Theiner, a professor emeritus of English at Syracuse University, died on July 11. He was 80. Mr. Theiner, who was influential in the development of the university’s creative-writing program, was the author of two books, as well as many papers on Chaucer, Middle English, medieval French, and other topics in literature.

Samuel V. Wilson, president of Hampden-Sydney College from 1992 to 2000, died on June 10. He was 93. A retired lieutenant general in the U.S. Army, Mr. Wilson oversaw an increase in enrollment. Four years into his term, the Board of Trustees voted to remain a men’s college.

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