Transitions: People in Academe

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Roderick H. Dashwood
October 14, 2013


Sarah Bartlett, director of the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism Urban Reporting Program and a former New York Times reporter, has been named dean of the journalism school.

Roderick H. Dashwood, who was director of the cancer-chemoprotection program at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, is the new director of the Center for Epigenetics & Disease Prevention at Texas A&M University Health Science Center. Epigenetics involves research on certain alterations in gene expression.

Calvin R. Chin, director of counseling at the City University of New York's John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is the new director of counseling and psychological services at Princeton University Health Services.

Joe May, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, will become chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District upon the retirement of Wright Lassiter Jr., in December.

Jerald Woolfolk Adley, vice president for student affairs, enrollment management, and diversity at Mississippi Valley State University, has been named vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at the State University of New York College at Oswego.

Gerald Gemmill, director of local-government and labor policy for the City of Spokane, Wash., will become vice president for finance and administration at Whitworth University.

bell hooks, the poet and scholar, has been named the first scholar-in-residence at the New School's Eugene Lang College. She will have a weeklong residency in November, with classes, seminars, and public events.


Debra W. Stewart, president of the Council of Graduate Schools since 2000, announced last week that she would leave the position at the end of June 2014. She plans to continue to work at the council as a senior scholar.

Sue K. Hammersmith, president of Metropolitan State University, in Minnesota, has announced that she will retire in June 2014. The university plans to appoint an interim president for the 2014-15 academic year.

Jerry C. Lee has retired as chancellor of National University, based in California. He had been system chancellor since 2001 and was president from 1989 to 2007. The university offers more than 130 degree programs, over 70 of them fully online.


Ann J. Wolpert, director of libraries at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a leading advocate for open access to online journal articles, has died after a brief illness. She was 70. Before joining MIT, in 1996, she was executive director of library and information services at the Harvard Business School. In 2005 she was president of the Association of Research Libraries.