Transitions: People in Academe

July 16, 2012


James H. Ammons will resign as president of Florida A&M University on October 11, he told university trustees in an e-mail last week. On the same day, the parents of a university band member who died in a hazing incident last fall filed a lawsuit against the institution.

Richard Florida, a University of Toronto professor known for his ideas about "the creative class," will be a global research professor for the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He will teach a three-week course on global cities at NYU Abu Dhabi next January, at the New York campus in 2014, and at other NYU global centers in later years. He will also do research at NYU while continuing his work at Toronto.


Todd Saliman, a former chief budget officer for Colorado, is the new chief financial officer for the University of Colorado system.

Susan Jaffe, who danced with the American Ballet Theatre for 22 years and then joined the faculty of its Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, will be the next dean of the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina's School of the Arts.

Selma Botman has stepped down as president of the University of Southern Maine, following faculty expressions of dissatisfaction with her leadership, to become special assistant on global education to the University of Maine system's chancellor. Theodora J. Kalikow, who just retired after 18 years as president of the University of Maine at Farmington, will replace her.

Randy Moffett, president of the University of Louisiana system, has said he will retire this fall.

Feniosky Peña-Mora, who was dean of Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science for three years, has stepped down. Donald Goldfarb, a professor of industrial engineering and operations research, was named interim dean. Mr. Peña-Mora will remain on the faculty.


Nicholas Yovnello, president of the Council of New Jersey State College Locals, was killed in a car accident in New Jersey on July 7. The union leader, who was 64, was a professor and assistant director of the library at Rowan University. He had worked at the institution for 42 years.

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