Transitions: People in Academe

Surgeon General's Office

Regina Benjamin
October 07, 2013


Michelle J. DePass, an assistant administrator for international and tribal affairs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has been named dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at the New School.

Regina Benjamin, who was surgeon general of the U.S. Public Health Service from 2009 until July of this year, has been named to an endowed chair in public-health sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana.

Daniel Pitasky, who was a senior program officer in the U.S. program for postsecondary education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will become the first executive director of the Schultz Family Foundation this month. The foundation is led by Howard Schultz, chief executive of Starbucks, and his wife, Sheri Schultz.

David Rosenbaum, director of product development and project management for the American Heart Association and the author of three books, will become director of the University of Missouri Press on November 1. The press survived a threatened shutdown last year.

David Routh, managing director for U.S. Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management in Raleigh, N.C., will become vice chancellor for development for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill next week.


Sidney A. Ribeau, president of Howard University since 2008, said he would step down in December. The university had its credit rating downgraded last month. Wayne A.I. Frederick, Howard's provost, will be interim president.

James Muyskens, president of City University of New York's Queens College, will retire on December 31, after nearly 12 years in his post. He intends to resume teaching philosophy next year. Evangelos Gizis, a former interim president of Hunter College, will serve as interim president.

Myrtle E.B. Dorsey, whose contract as chancellor of St. Louis Community College was not renewed this summer, has been granted a personal leave through the end of her contract. Donna Dare, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, will step into the role until an interim chancellor is named.


Lawrence Goodwyn, a professor of history at Duke University from 1971 until his retirement in 2003 died on September 29. He was 85. He founded the oral-history program at Duke and wrote several books, including Democratic Promise: The Populist Moment in America.

Bruce N. Chaloux, chief executive and executive director of the Sloan Consortium, died suddenly on September 28. He had led the group that promotes online education for a year and a half.