Transitions: California State U. Works to Fill Many Campus Presidencies, and Other Job News

April 08, 2012


E. Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State University, got to dot the "i" last week on Gov. John Kasich's signature on the state's capital-budget bill, which includes $400-million for higher education. In response to a challenge from the governor, Mr. Gee led an effort to get the state's 37 college and university presidents to submit a single collaborative request for funds.

Chronicle of Higher EducationDianne F. Harrison, president of California State University at Monterey Bay, has been named president of the Northridge campus. That's one more system presidency filled, and another to fill. Since January 1, 2011, the system has replaced or learned it will have to replace chief executives on 12 of its 23 campuses. Three presidents expect to retire at the end of this academic term: Robert A. Corrigan, of San Francisco State; William B. Eisenhardt, of California Maritime Academy; and Albert K. Karnig, of the San Bernardino campus.


Richard Lee Colvin, who was named executive director of the policy group Education Sector just over a year ago, has de­parted. At press time, the organization, which receives support from some of the biggest foundations in the country, had no official statement about his departure except to confirm that there had been "a leadership transition." Sources in the organization said Mr. Colvin had not been in the office for weeks. From 2003 to 2011, Mr. Colvin headed the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College at Columbia University.


Jeffrey S. Lehman, a former president of Cornell University, will be vice chancellor of NYU Shanghai. He will be in charge of all academic and administrative operations at the campus, which is set to open next year. Mr. Lehman is now chancellor of Peking University School of Transnational Law. Yu Lizhong, president of East China Normal University, will be NYU Shanghai's chancellor.

Andrew Gillen, who warned of a "tuition bubble" four years ago, has joined the American Council of Trustees and Alumni as a senior researcher, with a focus on accreditation, federal financial aid, faculty productivity, and college costs. He was research director at the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

Chronicle of Higher EducationAlejandro Zaera-Polo, who is principal of an architecture firm in Barcelona, Spain, that bears his name, has been selected as dean of Princeton University's School of Architecture. He has been a visiting lecturer there since 2008.