Transitions: People in Academe

Hendrix College

William Tsutsui
November 11, 2013


William M. Tsutsui, dean of Southern Methodist University's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and a professor of history, will become president of Hendrix College, in Arkansas, next June.

Christopher Blake, who is on sabbatical leave this year as president of Mount Mercy University, in Iowa, has been selected as president of Middle Georgia State College. He will begin in January.


Harry Harding, first dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, at the University of Virginia, will step down on July 1, when his five-year term ends. He will remain on the faculty.

Stephen D. Easton has resigned as dean of the University of Wyoming's College of Law, though he will keep his faculty post. He said he and the faculty had not been sufficiently involved in important decisions about the law school.


JoAnne Woodyard Boyle, who was president of Seton Hill University from 1987 until she retired and became president emerita in June, died on November 1. She was 78. She guided Seton Hill through its transition from a women's college to a coeducational university and is credited with increasing enrollment substantially over the past decade. Before becoming president, she was a professor of English at the college and chair of the English department.

Clifford I. Nass, a professor of communication at Stanford University known for his research on the way people interact with technology, collapsed and died on November 2 following a hike at Stanford Sierra Camp, near South Lake Tahoe, Calif. He was 55. Among his more than 100 papers is one, written with two other Stanford researchers, that found that people who multitask heavily with digital devices do not perform as well as lighter multitaskers do when switching tasks.

Nohad A. Toulan, emeritus dean of Portland State University's College of Urban and Public Affairs, died, along with his wife, in a traffic accident in Uruguay on October 28. He was 81. Mr. Toulan led the urban-affairs college from 1976 until his retirement, in 2004, and also founded and led the university's School of Urban Studies and Planning, which was renamed in his honor in 2005.