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The People Who Influenced Higher Education This Year

December 15, 2014

This year’s academic newsmakers shook up higher education by organizing, by speaking out, by pushing limits, and sometimes just by doing their jobs. Here are nine who made a mark—for better or worse—in 2014.

Lhamon

ENFORCER

She made it clear colleges would pay a price
for sexual assault on campus

Catherine E. Lhamon

Colter

ATHLETES' ADVOCATE

He sparked a movement to recognize college
players as employees

Kain Colter

Boycotters

BOYCOTTERS

They changed the debate about sanctions against Israel

American Studies Association

Kane

MUCKRAKER

He put higher education on notice
about athletics programs run amok

Dan Kane

Hall

ZEALOUS REGENT

In a year when trustees were pressed to get tough,
he was the toughest

Wallace L. Hall Jr.

Hurd

MESSENGER

She showed thousands of students
college is a possibility

Nicole Hurd

Salaita

TWITTER CASUALTY

He raised new questions
about the limits of academic freedom

Steven G. Salaita

Haslam

TENNESSEE'S PITCHMAN

His offer to pay community-college tuition
got policymakers talking nationwide

Gov. William E. Haslam

Consultants

HIRED GUNS

They came to whip colleges into shape

The Consultants