Transitions People in Academe

Grace Brady
October 15, 2012


Edward C. Luck, who was an assistant secretary general at the United Nations, is the new dean of the University of San Diego's Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies.

Vishakha Desai, a historian of Indian art who recently stepped down as president and chief executive of the Asia Society, will join Columbia University in January as a special adviser for global affairs to the president and as a professor of practice in the School of International and Public Affairs.

Grace Brady, who was assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a general manager there, is executive director of a new museum at Quinnipiac University, named Ireland's Great Hunger Museum, commemorating the mid-19th-century Irish famine.


Joan M. Prince, vice chancellor for global inclusion and engagement at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, was named by President Obama as an alternate representative of the United States to the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly.


Nicholas Lemann, dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, will step down at the end of the academic year, after a decade in the role. After a one-year sabbatical, he plans to return to the faculty.

Steven T. DeKosky, vice president and dean of the University of Virginia's School of Medicine, will step down from that role when his five-year term expires next July. Dr. DeKosky, an expert on Alzheimer's disease, will remain on the faculty.

Steven R. Wallace, longtime president of Florida State College at Jacksonville, has resigned following questions over his personal spending and the reporting of enrollment data. He will remain as a consultant to the college until he retires, in 2014.

Henry L. Smith said he would retire as president of Indiana Wesleyan University next June. He will then serve for two and a half years as chancellor, with a focus on international education. A management team will run the university during the semester that begins in January, when Mr. Smith will be on sabbatical.