Transitions: People in Academe


Wesley C. Hogan
April 29, 2013


Mark Burstein, executive vice president of Princeton University, will become president of Lawrence University in July. He will succeed Jill Beck, who is retiring on June 30 after nine years at the helm.

Nicholas P. Jones, dean of the Whiting School of Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University, will become executive vice president and provost at Pennsylvania State University on July 1, pending approval by the Board of Trustees this week. The post had been held by Penn State's current president, Rodney A. Erickson, and is being filled by Robert N. Pangborn on an interim basis.

Jeremy Brown, a former president of Dowling College and of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, will be the next president of Portland Community College. On July 1, he will replace Preston Pulliams, who is retiring.

Sheldon Drucker, interim president of Fairleigh Dickinson University, has assumed the post on a permanent basis. A longtime administrator at the university, Mr. Drucker succeeds J. Michael Adams, who died last June.

M. Eric Johnson, an associate dean at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a former associate professor at Vanderbilt University, will become dean of Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management. Pending approval by the Vanderbilt Board of Trust, he will start on July 1.

Wesley C. Hogan, a professor of history at Virginia State University who has documented the civil-rights movement, has been named director of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She will begin on July 1, succeeding Tom Rankin. He will teach full time and continue to direct a master-in-fine-arts program in experimental and documentary arts.

David Petraeus, the four-star general who commanded coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency for 14 months, will be a visiting professor of public policy at Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York, beginning in August.


James A. Leach is resigning this week as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Carole M. Watson, the agency's deputy chairman, will be acting head of the endowment until a permanent replacement is nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Mr. Leach was a longtime member of Congress and a professor at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University before being named to the post, in 2009. He plans to return to teaching and to writing about issues and his experiences in public life.