Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (10/13/2017)

October 08, 2017

Karen Scolforo will be president of Castleton University.

Chief executives


Barbara Bichelmeyer, provost of the University of Missouri at Kansas City, will also serve as interim chancellor. She replaces Leo Morton, who will retire this month.

Phil Conover, acting president of Quincy University since May, was appointed permanently to the position, through the 2018-19 academic year. He had been the university’s chief operating officer. He succeeds Robert Gervasi, who left to lead Ohio Dominican University.

Ronald Elsenbaumer, a special adviser on entrepreneurship and economic development to the president of the University of Texas at Arlington, will become chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne on November 1. He will succeed Vicky Carwein, who is retiring after five years at the helm. Next year, after a campus realignment, Mr. Elsenbaumer will be the first chancellor of Purdue University at Fort Wayne.

Leon L. Haley Jr., dean of the University of Florida College of Medicine at Jacksonville, will also serve as chief executive of University of Florida Health Jacksonville, effective January 1. He will succeed Russ Armistead, who is retiring at the end of December.

Karen Scolforo, president of Central Penn College, will become president of Castleton University in December. She will replace David S. Wolk, who is retiring after 16 years.


Willie J. Hagan, president of California State University at Dominguez Hills since 2013, says he will retire at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.

Chief academic officers


James G. Breckinridge, dean of the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst University, to provost at the U.S. Army War College.

Robin W. Morgan, chair of the department of biological sciences at the University of Delaware, has been named interim provost, effective October 16. She succeeds Domenico Grasso, who plans to step down and take a one-year administrative leave.

Michael Rinkus, interim executive vice president and chief academic officer at Walsh College since April 2016, was appointed permanently to the job.

Other top administrators


Michael Berthelsen, interim vice president for university services at the University of Minnesota since last year, has been named permanently to the position.

Nate Bryant, assistant dean of the Center for Academic Excellence at Salem State University, to chief of staff of the university.

Cynthia Court
Cynthia Court, managing director and nonprofit-practice leader of Harvard Group International, in Atlanta, to vice president for advancement at Berry College, effective in January.

Paulette Dalpes, deputy to the vice chancellor for student affairs and chief of staff at the City University of New York, to vice president for student affairs at the Community College of Aurora.

Phil Johnston, dean of the Belmont University College of Pharmacy, to vice provost for academic affairs at the university.

John Keller, dean of the Graduate College and associate provost at the University of Iowa, to interim vice president for research and economic development.

Ann Marie Klotz, dean of students at New York Institute of Technology, to vice president for student affairs at Radford University.

Amanda E. Sbriscia, senior director of advancement at Bay Path University, to vice president for institutional advancement at Holyoke Community College, effective October 30.

Tami B. Simmons, executive director of Susan G. Komen Charlotte, to vice president for institutional advancement at Johnson C. Smith University.

Quentin Smith, dean of the School of Pharmacy at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, will also serve as the health center’s senior vice president for research.


Melanie J. Norton, vice president for development and alumni engagement at DePauw University, will leave in November to establish her own consulting firm, Norton Philanthropic Counsel.


Robert L. McCrory, director of the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics, retired from that post on October 1. He will retire from his other university posts, as a professor, vice president, and vice provost, on December 31.



Michael Frasciello, interim dean of University College at Syracuse University since January, has been named permanently to the job.

Laurie Hillson, assistant dean of graduate nursing at Endicott College, to dean of the School of Nursing and Behavioral Sciences at Becker College.

Evelyn Leong, an advising dean at Sarah Lawrence College, will become dean of fellowships, advising, and research at Barnard College this month. She succeeds James Runsdorf, who retired in August but has continued to advise Barnard students part time.

Jonathan Squire, director of admissions at Cedar Crest College, to dean of admissions at Moore College of Art and Design.

Michael Trick, professor of operations research at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, to dean of Carnegie Mellon in Qatar.

Joshua Wilkin, associate director for campus life at Bryant University, to dean of students at Moore College of Art and Design.


Sally Blount, dean of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, will step down at the end of the 2017-18 academic year and return to her faculty position as a professor of management and organizations.


Elmore Alexander, dean of the Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University, says he will retire at the end of this academic year.


2017 Nobel Prizes

Winners of the 2017 Nobel Prize awards, who were selected by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, are listed below. The recipients in each category will share a cash prize worth more than $1.1 million. Awards announced through October 4 are included.

Jacques Dubochet, an honorary professor of biophysics at the University of Lausanne, in Switzerland; Joachim Frank, a professor of biological sciences at Columbia University; and Richard Henderson, a research leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, in Britain, shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution."

Jeffrey C. Hall, a former professor of neurogenetics at the University of Maine; Michael Rosbash, a professor of neuroscience and biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Brandeis University; and Michael W. Young, a professor and vice president for academic affairs at Rockefeller University, shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythms.

Rainer Weiss, a professor emeritus of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Barry C. Barish, a professor emeritus of physics at the California Institute of Technology; and Kip S. Thorne, a professor emeritus of theoretical physics at Caltech, shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for their contributions to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory and the first observations of gravitational waves.


Daniel D. Federman, 89, a professor emeritus of endocrinology and a former dean of Harvard Medical School who studied and worked at the university for almost 70 years, died on September 6.

Marshall Goldman, 87, a professor of Russian economics emeritus at Wellesley College and a former senior scholar at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, died on August 2.

Paul E. Gray, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1980 to 1990 and an emeritus professor of electrical engineering there, died on September 18. He was 85.

Gregory Maney, a professor of sociology at Hofstra University and a scholar of nonviolent social change, died on September 2. He was also a co-founder of the Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition, which advocated on behalf of New York residents during the foreclosure crisis.

Edward Hudson Oldfield, a professor of neurosurgery and internal medicine at the University of Virginia from 2007 until his death, died on September 1. He was 69.

Jack R. Wentworth, 89, a former dean of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, died on September 11. He worked for the university for 40 years and retired in 1997.

Lotfi Zadeh, 96, a professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley and a former chairman of its electrical-engineering department, died on September 6. He named the concept of "fuzzy logic," a term embraced by academics in mathematics and other fields to describe human intuition’s handling of ambiguous information.

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