Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (10/6/2017)

October 01, 2017

U. of Virginia
James E. Ryan was named the next president of the U. of Virginia.

Chief executives


William C. Aiken, retired president of Sampson Community College, became interim president of Cleveland Community College, in North Carolina, in August. He replaces Steven Thornburg, who retired after 27 years at the helm.

J. Scott Cameron, who was director of the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction/Counterterrorism at the National Counterterrorism Center, became president of National Intelligence University in August. He succeeded David Ellison, who retired after having led the institution since 2009. 

Tyjaun A. Lee, who was vice president for student affairs at Prince George’s Community College, in Maryland, became president of Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, in Missouri. She began her new role in August.

Ignacio Lopez, vice provost for academic programs and faculty development at National Louis University, became interim president of City Colleges of Chicago, Harold Washington College, in September.

Kathleen A. Rinehart, general counsel and secretary of the corporation for Saint Xavier University, in Chicago, was named interim president of Cardinal Stritch University, in Milwaukee. The former president, James P. Loftus, resigned in June.

Jesus Roberto Rodriguez, who was dean of the Business Center of Excellence at Houston Community College, is the new president of Texas Southmost College. The college’s former president, Lily F. Tercero, was dismissed last year.

Quinton T. Ross Jr., a state senator from Montgomery, Ala., and a manager of UniServ organizing and a staff consultant on postsecondary education for the Alabama Education Association, was named the next president of Alabama State University.

James E. Ryan, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, was named the next president of the University of Virginia. A former law professor at Virginia, he will take the helm there on October 1, 2018, after Teresa A. Sullivan’s eight-year term as president ends.

Pamela Gibson Senegal, vice president for economic and community development at Central Carolina Community College, became president of Piedmont Community College in July. She succeeds Walter C. Bartlett, who retired after eight years in the role.

Rebekah Woods, provost at Jackson College, will become president of Columbia Basin College in November. She will be the college’s first female leader.


David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma, said he would step down at the end of this academic year. Mr. Boren, a former governor of Oklahoma and a former U.S. senator, has led the university since 1994.

Sophia Wisniewska, regional chancellor of the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg, has resigned. She was criticized for evacuating as Hurricane Irma loomed while some students remained on campus.


Jack Bermingham, president of Highline College, retired in July. He had been on leave for health reasons since December 2016. Jeff Wagnitz, the college’s vice president for academic affairs, is serving as acting president.

Nancy Oliver Gray, president of Hollins University, in Virginia, since 2005, retired from that post in June. She joined the firm Gonser Gerber as a consultant in institutional advancement.

Kay Norton, president of the University of Northern Colorado since 2002, said she will retire in June 2018.

George Van Allen, president of Nashville State Community College, plans to retire in December. His announcement of his plans followed the release in May of a critical internal report on his administration.

Rajen Vurdien, superintendent-president of Pasadena City College since 2015, plans to retire in June of next year.

Chief academic officers


Mitchell Adrian, a professor of management and former dean of the College of Business at McNeese State University, to interim provost and vice president for academic affairs and enrollment management.

Jennifer Fager, director of university assessment at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, to vice president for academic services at Mid Michigan Community College.

Alan Silva, dean of arts and sciences at St. Catherine University, and interim provost there since February, was appointed permanently to the role of executive vice president and provost.

Scott Zeman
Scott Zeman, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Salve Regina University, to vice president for academic affairs at Alverno College, effective November 1.

Other top administrators


Mark Billingsley, director of major gifts and planned giving and director of transplant philanthropy at the Methodist Healthcare Foundation, to vice president for advancement at Christian Brothers University.

Zamira Korff, senior vice president for strategic philanthropy at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, to senior vice president for institutional advancement at Brandeis University.

James McCoy, chief enrollment officer and vice president for enrollment management at the University of New Haven, to interim vice president for enrollment at Mary Baldwin University.

Bill Mea, vice president for finance and administration and acting president of Coop­er Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, to vice president for business and finance at Capital University.

Aimee Rose, senior vice president and client strategy director at Edelman, a communications and marketing agency in Washington, to vice president for external affairs at Mary Baldwin University.

Andrew Rosenberg, interim chief information officer at Michigan Medicine, the medical center of the University of Michigan, was appointed to the post permanently.

Calvin Thomas IV, vice president for health care at Ivy Tech Community College, to chief of clinic operations and strategic innovation at Logan University.



James Anderson, an associate professor and the doctor-of-education chair at Southeastern University, to dean of the College of Education.

Rosemary Blieszner, a professor of human development at Virginia Tech and interim dean of the university’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, was appointed dean through June 2019.

Michael Buckles, a professor of music and head of the performing-arts department at McNeese State University, to interim dean of the university’s College of Liberal Arts.

Todd Greer, chief catalyst and chief executive of Exchange202, in Mobile, Ala., to dean of the School of Business at the University of Mobile.

Gail Hayes, senior associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Dubuque, to dean for academic affairs.

James B. Hughes Jr., associate dean for academic affairs at Emory University School of Law, to interim dean of the school.

Annette Bourland Huizenga, assistant dean of the seminary at University of Dubuque, to dean of the seminary.

Michael Hylen, department chair of education specialties in the School of Education at Asbury University, to interim dean of the School of Education.

Margie Martyn, president of City Colleges of Chicago, Harold Washington College, to Chicago campus dean of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Lonnie Phelps, a professor of management and head of the management, marketing, and business-administration department at McNeese State University, to interim dean of the university’s College of Business.

David Weissenburger, chief of staff at Tarleton State University, to interim dean of the university’s College of Health Sciences and Human Services.

Anthony Wheeler, associate dean in the College of Business at Bryant University, to dean of the College of Business and Public Management at West Chester University.


Doug Epperson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, will retire in August 2018.

Department chairs


Danny Bilson, a visiting professor of interactive media and games at the University of Southern California, to chair of the division of interactive media and games at the university’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Mustaque Hossain, a civil-engineering professor at Kansas State University, was named interim head of the civil-engineering department.

Other administrators


Ashley Blamey, director of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s Center for Health Education and Wellness, to Title IX coordinator.

Amy Bratten, dean of the College of Education at Southeastern University, to associate provost.

Ben Broussard, vice president for development at Louisiana State University’s Tiger Athletic Foundation, to assistant vice chancellor for advancement and associate athletic director overseeing the Buff Club at the University of Colorado.

Susie Brubaker-Cole, vice provost for student affairs at Oregon State University, to vice provost for student affairs at Stanford University.

Jeremy Clay, interim director of the office of technology management at Mississippi State University, was named to the post permanently.

Deanna Clingan-Fischer, long-term-care ombudsman for the state of Iowa, to ombuds officer at Iowa State University.

Jon S. Davis, head of the accountancy department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to interim director of the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

Shaun Donovan, former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama, to adviser to the president for the Allston campus of Harvard University.

Kathleen A. Doty, director of global-practice preparation at the University of Georgia, to director of the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the university’s law school.

Jon Erny, assistant sports-information director at Taylor University, to sports-information director at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Jill Gengler, help-desk manager at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s School of Information Sciences, was named the school’s director of alumni affairs.

Nika Gueci, associate director of Arizona State University’s Wellness and Health Services Executive Team, to executive director for university engagement at the university’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience.

Kurt Gulbrand, assistant vice chancellor for advancement and associate athletic director at the University of Colorado, to senior associate athletic director for development at the University of Tennessee.

Thomas D. Jeitschko, associate dean for graduate studies in the College of Social Science at Michigan State University, to associate provost for graduate education and dean of the university’s Graduate School.

Leon Jones, captain of the Oklahoma State University police department’s patrol division, to chief of police for the campus.

Frank D. LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, to head of the Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida.

Allison Lyng O’Connell, interim Title IX coordinator and Clery Act compliance officer at Dartmouth College, has been appointed permanently to the role.

David Orentlicher, a professor at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law and its School of Medicine, to professor of law and co-director of the health-law program at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

Mary Lou Ortiz, vice chancellor for finance and administration at Rutgers University at New Brunswick, to university budget officer at Pennsylvania State University.

Greg Phlegar, associate dean of students at Denison University, to director of the Office of Community and Ethical Standards at Clemson University.

Barbara Kline Pope, executive director of the National Academies Press, will become director of the Johns Hopkins University Press this fall. She has spent 34 years with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Dan Rockmore, a professor of computational science and director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College, to associate dean of the sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, a professor of human development and social policy at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, to director of its Institute for Policy Research.

Diane Shinberg, a sociology professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will lead the university’s new public-health program.

Candace Smith, assistant vice president for media relations at George Washington University, to assistant vice chancellor for strategic media relations at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Patricia Sollars, an associate professor of neuroscience in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, to director of undergraduate education programs.

Su Swarat, director of assessment and educational effectiveness at California State University at Fullerton, to assistant vice president for institutional effectiveness.

Michael Teitell, a professor of pathology at the Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles, to director of the university’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer and president of the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation.

Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt, senior associate dean and global chief diversity officer at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, to vice provost for inclusive excellence at Vanderbilt University.

Brittany Todd, associate director of the office of student conduct at Texas Tech University, to director of its office of risk intervention and safety education.

Sarah Van Orman, executive director of university health services at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, to associate vice provost for student health services at the University of Southern California.

Nancy Winship, senior vice president for institutional advancement at Brandeis University, to chief philanthropic adviser.


Ellen Eardley, assistant vice chancellor for civil rights and Title IX at the University of Missouri, resigned on September 2. She plans to return to the practice of law in Washington.



T. Scott Daniels, senior pastor at College Church of the Nazarene, in Idaho, to pastoral scholar in residence at the Northwest Nazarene University’s School of Theology and Christian Ministries.

George Demiris, director of the biomedical and health-informatics graduate program and director of the clinical-informatics and patient-centered technologies program at the University of Washington, to a professor in the department of biobehavioral health sciences in the School of Nursing as well as in the department of biostatistics, epidemiology, and informatics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Margaret Giorgio, visiting faculty at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, to clinical assistant professor of public health in the department of social and behavioral sciences at the university’s College of Global Public Health.

W. Paul Reeve, a professor of history at the University of Utah, has been appointed the school’s first Mormon-studies professor.

Clemens Sedmak, a professor of moral theology and social theology at King’s College London, to professor of social ethics in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame.

David Wineland, a 2012 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, was named Knight research fellow in the University of Oregon’s physics department. He will conduct research at the university and serve as a mentor to students.



Hadar Harris
Hadar Harris, a human-rights lawyer and executive director of the Northern California Innocence Project, to executive director of the Student Press Law Center, in Washington. The organization offers free legal advice to student journalists and college newspapers.

James T. Harris, president of the University of San Diego, became board chair of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Johnathan M. Holifield, an economic-development consultant and former Cincinnati Bengals professional football player, was named head of the White House’s initiative on black colleges and universities.

Angela Kennedy, a professor and department head of health informatics and information management at Louisiana Tech University, to chief executive of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Information and Information Management Education.

Stefanie Niles, vice president for enrollment management at Dickinson College, is president-elect of the National Association for College Admission Counseling.


OER Research Fellowships

The following twenty-seven academics have been named OER Research Fellows at the Open Education Group at Brigham Young University, where they will conduct research on the impact of open educational resources.

Talea Anderson, scholarly communication librarian at Washington State University’s Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation.

Penny Belle, associate director of research, education, and engagement at the University of Central Florida Libraries.

Josh Bolick, scholarly communications librarian at the University of Kansas.

Nicholas Colvard, instructional laboratory manager at the University of Georgia.

Carrie Cuttler, clinical assistant professor of psychology at Washington State University.

Chris Fay, principal at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, and a doctoral candidate in education at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Teri Gallaway, interim executive director of Louis: the Louisiana Library Network at Louisiana State University.

Regina Gong, manager of technical services and systems at Lansing Community College.

Muffet Jones, a lecturer in art history at Boise State University.

Remi Kalir, assistant professor of information and learning technologies at the University of Colorado at Denver.

Jennifer Kepka, a graduate student in education and informational technology at Western Oregon University.

Scott Kersey, associate professor of mathematics at Georgia Southern University.

Jennifer Lantrip, reference librarian at Umpqua Community College.

Tara Lifland, instructional designer for the eDesign Shop at George Washington University.

Debshila Basu Mallick, postdoctoral research associate at OpenStax at Rice University.

Eileen McGivney, a lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Jamison R. Miller, a doctoral candidate in the Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership in Higher Education program at the College of William & Mary.

Rebecca Morales, science instructional specialist at Oklahoma Public Schools.

Rob Nyland, eCampus research and innovation team manager at Boise State University.

Michelle Reed, open-education librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Marcos D. Rivera, assistant coordinator of the Student Personnel Assistantship program at Ohio State University.

Jasmine Roberts, a communications lecturer at Ohio State University.

David Rose, instructional technologist at American University.

Michelle Sprouse, a doctoral student in the joint program in English and education at the University of Michigan.

Liz Thompson, assistant professor and instruction and educational resources coordinator at James Madison University.

Beth Tillinghast, institutional repository manager at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Jocelyn Tipton, assistant dean for public services and associate professor at the University of Mississippi.


Boyer Award

José Antonio Bowen, president of Goucher College, is the winner of the eighth annual Ernest L. Boyer Award. New American Colleges and Universities, a consortium of selective small to midsize independent colleges, gives the award to recognize people who make significant contributions to higher education in the United States. Mr. Bowen will deliver the 2018 Boyer Lecture, "Technology, the Liberal Arts, and the New Learning Economy," on January 25 at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges & Universities, in Washington, D.C.

Civic-Engagement Award

Kenneth Reardon, a professor of urban planning and director of Urban Planning and Community Development at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, has won the 2017 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. It is given annually by Campus Compact, a national network of 1,100 colleges with a commitment to civic engagement. Mr. Reardon was honored for his decades of work at the grass-roots level, including leading the East St. Louis Action Research Project that resulted in more than $50 million in community development in East St. Louis’s poorest neighborhoods in the 1990s.

Phoenix Award

Thomas F. Freeman, professor emeritus of philosophy and former debate-team head coach at Texas Southern University, has received one of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Phoenix Awards. The annual honor is presented to individuals whose achievements strengthen communities and improve the lives of African-American individuals, families, and communities. Mr. Freeman was recognized for his commitment to improving the quality of life for black students.

Young-Scientist Awards

The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists are given annually by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Each of the 2017 winners listed here will receive $250,000, which the foundation says is the largest unrestricted cash award given to early-career scientists in the United States.

Yi Cui, a professor of materials science and engineering, photon science, and chemistry at Stanford University. Mr. Cui has innovated new uses of nanomaterials for environmental protection and the development of sustainable energy sources.

Melanie S. Sanford, a professor of chemistry at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She has developed simpler and more ecologically friendly chemical approaches to synthesize molecules that have applications ranging from carbon-dioxide recycling to drug discovery.

Feng Zhang, an associate professor of brain and cognitive sciences and biomedical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a core member at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Mr. Zhang has developed an innovative gene-editing system with pioneering uses in mammalian cells, and is being recognized for his development of revolutionary technologies in neuroscience.


John Ashbery, a poet and longtime professor of languages and literature at Bard College, died on September 3, at age 90. In 1976, he became the only writer to win the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award in the same year.

Charles R. Bentley, a professor of geophysics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison from 1961 until 2000, died on August 19. He was 87. He was best known for leading a team of scientists that measured the depth of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet for the first time in the 1950s.

Ronald Edwin Carrier, president of James Madison University for 27 years, from 1971 until his retirement in 1998, died on September 18. He was 85.

Agustin Castellanos, a retired professor of cardiology at the University of Miami, died on August 9. He was 89. Along with another University of Miami cardiologist, the late Louis Lemberg, he developed an implantable pacemaker in 1965 that pulsed only when the patient’s heart failed to beat on its own.

Halim El-Dabh, 96, an Egyptian-American composer best known for his ballets and a professor emeritus of music at Kent State University, died on September 2.

William Merrill Grove, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, died on September 1. He was 64.

John W. Lewis, a political scientist and professor of Chinese politics at Stanford University, died on September 4, at age 86. He pioneered new ways of thinking about relations between the United States and China, and established some of the first Asian-study programs in higher education.

Robert K. Luther, president of Lake Land College from 1988 until his retirement in 2006, died on September 13. He was 77.

Don Ohlmeyer, a television producer and longtime NBC executive who was a professor of television communications at Pepperdine University, died on September 10. He was 72.

Nancy Smith, a retired associate professor of accounting at Western Illinois University, died on August 26.

Tsung Wei Sze, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh from 1954 until his retirement in 1993, died on August 11. He was 95. Mr. Sze established the university’s Image Processing and Pattern Recognition Laboratory in 1976, and directed it until his retirement.

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