Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (September 15, 2017)

September 10, 2017

Michael A. Baston

Chief executives


Michael A. Baston, who was acting provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at City University of New York’s LaGuardia Community College, became president of Rockland Community College in July. He succeeded Cliff L. Wood, who retired in June after leading the college, part of the State University of New York, since 2004.

Lyn Broderson Cochran, assistant vice president for organizational development at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, became president of Scott Community College, one of three campuses of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, in August. She succeeded Teresa Paper, who retired.

James Hurley, vice president for enrollment, athletics, and public relations at Lincoln Memorial University, will become president of Tusculum College on October 1. He will succeed Nancy B. Moody, who has been given president-emerita status as she retires from the post she has held since 2009.

Robin Steinback, who was vice president for academic affairs at Moreno Valley College, became president of the college, in California, on July 1. The previous president, Sandra Mayo, resigned in June 2016.

Alissa Young, chief academic-affairs officer at Hopkinsville Community College, will become president on October 1.


Stephen Ainlay, president of Union College (N.Y.) , has announced that he will resign in June 2018. He has led the college since 2006.

Steven Altschuler, executive vice president for health affairs at the University of Miami and chief executive of the university’s health-care system, UHealth, has resigned. He had been there for 18 months.

Hamid Shirvani, president of Briar Cliff University (Iowa), will leave his position at the end of the fall semester.

James Williamson, president of the North Carolina Community College system, has resigned, effective September 30, a year after taking office.


Randy W. Grissom, president of Santa Fe Community College since 2013, will retire on October 31.

Chief academic officers


Robert Blouin, dean of the University of North Carolina’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy since 2003, to university provost and executive vice chancellor on September 18. He will succeed Jim Dean, who is stepping down this month after serving four years in the position.

James C. Eck, provost at Louisburg College, to provost and vice president for academic affairs at Brenau University.

Patricia Alvarez McHatton, dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, to interim vice president for academic affairs.


W.A. (Bud) Baeslack III, provost and executive vice president at Case Western Reserve University, will step down from his position at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.

Other top administrators


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.

Christina Mazzella
Christina Mazzella, executive director of human resources in 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.

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 there.

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

Lee Williams, interim senior vice president for development and alumni relations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., to interim regional vice chancellor for advancement at the University of South Florida-Sarasota/Manatee.



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.

Lee R. Kump, a professor and head of the department of geosciences at Pennsylvania State University at University Park, to dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Lauren Loeffler, executive director of work-force development at Bucks County Community College, to vice president for work-force development in community education and dean of the Fowler Southside Center at Northampton Community College.

Kathleen Madden, interim dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering at California State University at Bakersfield, was appointed permanently to the job.

Heidi L.K. Manning, professor and chair of the department of physics at Concordia College at Moorhead (Minn.), to dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Misericordia University.

Fatma Mili, founder and director of the Center for Trans-Institutional Capacity Building and Educational Equity in STEM at Purdue University, to dean of the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Katharyne Mitchell, a professor of geography and former department chair at the University of Washington, to dean of the division of social sciences at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Chad Rohman, a professor of English at Dominican University (Ill.), to interim dean of the university’s Rosary College of Arts and Sciences.

Randolph Schultz, interim dean of the Antelope Valley Regional Center at California State University at Bakersfield, was appointed permanently to the job.

Glenn C. Smith
Glenn C. Smith, vice president for student affairs and executive vice provost at Concordia University, to associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students at National University of Natural Medicine.

Marcus Tye, a professor of psychology at National University and regional lead of its master’s program in counseling psychology, to dean of the School of Health Sciences at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island.

Department chairs


Lamar W. Bridges, a professor of journalism and former head of the department of journalism at Texas A&M University at Commerce, has retired.

Other administrators


Crystal deGregory, founder and executive editor of HBCUstory, to director of the Atwood Institute for Race, Education ,and the Democratic Ideal at Kentucky State University.

Martha Friedman, a sculptor and lecturer in visual arts at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, to senior lecturer and director of the program in visual arts.

Heather Hyde Minor, a professor of art history at the University of Notre Dame, to academic director of the university’s Rome Global Gateway program.

Hope LeGro, director of Georgetown University’s languages division, to interim director of Georgetown University Press.

Larenda Mielke, senior director of executive education at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, to associate provost for continuing education at Southern Methodist University.

Mary Page, associate director for collections and technical services at the University of Central Florida, to university librarian at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Matthew Richardson, coordinator of fraternity and sorority life at the University of Pittsburgh, to director of Greek life at West Virginia University.

Amy Schweinle, a professor and chair of the division of counseling and psychology in education at the University of South Dakota, to associate dean for research and graduate studies and director of the School of Education’s Research Center.

Lynne M. Thomas, curator of rare books and special collections at Northern Illinois University, to head of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Crystal A. Williams, chief diversity officer, associate vice president for strategic initiatives, and professor of English at Bates College, to associate provost for diversity and inclusion at Boston University.



Noam Chomsky, author of more than 100 books and institute professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to laureate professor in the department of linguistics at the University of Arizona.

James Strickland, who completed a doctorate in counselor education and supervision at the University of Mississippi, to assistant professor of counseling and psychology and coordinator of the clinical mental-health program at Mississippi College.

Francis X. Taylor, who served as undersecretary for intelligence and analysis and counterterrorism coordinator in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security until 2016, to executive fellow of the Global Policy Initiative in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.



Larry L. Earvin, vice president at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, to chief of staff.

Daniel Huttenlocher, founding dean and vice provost of Cornell Tech, a graduate school of Cornell University, was elected chair of the Board of Directors of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Deborah M. Seymour, a principal consultant at Entangled Solutions and Higher Education Innovation Consulting, to vice president for programs and research at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.


Jean Dowdall, a partner at the executive-search firm Witt/Kieffer since 2002, retired on July 1. She led more than 150 executive searches. A contributor to The Chronicle’s Advice section, she is a former president of Simmons College.

Michael S. Johnson, chief of staff of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, has retired.



Hannah Frank, 33, an assistant professor of film studies at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, died on August 28 of suspected pneumococcal meningitis.

Raymond Records, 86, former chair of the department of ophthalmology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, died on October 28, 2016. He joined the university in 1970 and stayed for 20 years. The university only recently learned of his death.

Gustavo Sbatella, 52, an assistant professor of irrigated crop and weed management at the Powell Research and Extension Center at the University of Wyoming, died in a motorcycle accident on August 2.

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