Businessman Chosen as Florida Chancellor; U. of Chicago Names Institute Director

U. of Chicago

Cornelia Grumman
November 18, 2013


Marshall M. Criser III, president of AT&T Florida, has been named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the State University System of Florida. His father, Marshall M. Criser Jr., was president of the University of Florida in the 1980s.

James P. Clements, president of West Virginia University since 2009, has been named president of Clemson University. He will replace James F. Barker, who will retire as president at the end of December after having led Clemson for more than 14 years but will remain on the faculty of the School of Architecture.

Eric Bonabeau, founder and board chairman of the Icosystem Corporation, a science-and-technology company, has been named dean of the College of Computational Sciences at Minerva Schools at KGI. The for-profit online college, which is expected to open in the fall of 2014, has also named James D. Sterling, vice president for academic affairs at the Keck Graduate Institute, as director of Minerva Labs and interim dean of Minerva's College of Natural Sciences.

Cornelia Grumman, who was founding executive director of a nonprofit children's-advocacy organization, the First Five Years Fund, has been named director of policy and strategic communications at the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute.

Gary Tubb, a professor of South Asian languages and civilizations at the University of Chicago, has been appointed faculty director at the university's new Center in Delhi. The center will support collaborations between scholars and students from Chicago and India.

John R. Gold, a professor of agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M University at College Station, will become a professor of genetics and biodiversity at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.


Evan Dobelle retired this month as president of Westfield State University. He had been put on unpaid administrative leave in October after questions were raised about his travel and other spending.

David R. Smith, president of the State University of New York's Upstate Medical University, has resigned. The system is scrutinizing compensation he appears to have received from outside sources, which came to light because of his candidacy to be president of Pennsylvania State University.


William C. Stanley, who moved from Baltimore to Australia to become chair of cardiovascular physiology at the University of Sydney last January, died of a heart attack on October 21. He was 56. He had also been a researcher at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.


Correction (12/12/2013, 10:55 a.m.): The original version of this article said incorrectly that James F. Barker would retire as president of Clemson University in April. He will retire from that position at the end of December. The text has been corrected.