Transitions: People in Academe

September 22, 2012

Job Moves

Elliott Shore, who is chief information officer, director of colleges, and a history professor at Bryn Mawr College, will become executive director of the Association of Research Libraries in January.

Michael Plater, who was provost and chief academic officer and then interim president of Strayer University, has been named president. Earlier he was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University.

Thanassis Rikakis, who was a professor and founding director of the School of Arts, Media, and Engineering at Arizona State University, is in the new position of vice provost for design, arts, and technology at Carnegie Mellon University. He will also be a full professor in the Schools of Art and Music and will oversee the entertainment-technology center.

Todd Sherman, an art professor at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, has been appointed dean of the College of Liberal Arts there.


James M. Rosser, who has been president of California State University at Los Angeles since 1979, will retire next June. His 33 years in the post make him the longest-serving president in the history of the 23-campus system.

Elizabeth Coleman said she would retire as president of Bennington College next June, following her 25th year in office. For the next two years, she will serve as the first director of the college's Center for the Advancement of Public Action, which allows students to work on solving some of the world's most pressing problems, like poverty and war, as they study.