Transitions People in Academe

Smith College

Kathleen McCartney
December 17, 2012


Hiram E. Chodosh, dean of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, will become president of Claremont McKenna College in July. He will succeed Pamela B. Gann, who has been the college's president since 1999.

Kathleen McCartney, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an expert on child development and early education, will become president of Smith College in July. She will succeed Carol T. Christ, who has led the institution since 2002.

H. James Williams, dean of the Seidman College of Business and a professor of accounting at Grand Valley State University, will be the next president of Fisk University. He will begin in February, replacing Hazel O'Leary, who was U.S. secretary of energy in the Clinton administration. She is retiring.

Jane Pickering, deputy director and director of public programs at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, has been named executive director of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.

Richard G. Lugar, who is retiring after serving 36 years in the U.S. Senate as a Republican from Indiana, will become a professor of history and political science at the University of Indianapolis. He will also work with faculty colleagues in designing a new internship-and-study program called the Richard G. Lugar Academy.


Morgan State University's Board of Regents has voted not to renew the contract of David Wilson, who has been president of the historically black institution in Baltimore since 2010. He is expected to join the faculty in June.

Baltimore City Community College's Board of Trustees dismissed the college's president, Carolane G. Williams, last week. Enrollment there has declined sharply.

Kathryn Napper, associate vice president and dean of admissions at George Washington University, will retire this month. Several weeks ago, it was disclosed that the university had been inflating the percentage of students who finished in the top 10 percent of their high-school classes. Administrators have said the error was due to a faulty method of calculation and was not malicious.

Margaret S. Crocco resigned last week as dean of the University of Iowa's College of Education. Results of a faculty survey had shown dissatisfaction with her leadership.

Jordan Miller, the University of Michigan's social-media director, resigned from her job last week after a posting on the social news site Reddit revealed that she had claimed on her résumé to have completed a bachelor's degree at Columbia College Chicago, although she hadn't. The anonymous poster later identified himself as her ex-husband.