Transitions: People in Academe

Community College of Allegheny County

Alex Johnson
May 20, 2013


Garrey Carruthers, who was governor of New Mexico from 1987 to 1991, has been selected president of New Mexico State University. He has been dean of the College of Business there since 2003. In 2009 he also became the university's vice president for economic development and director of the Pete V. Domenici Institute for Public Policy. The previous president, Barbara Couture, resigned last fall, and Manuel T. Pacheco has been serving as interim president.

Alex Johnson, president of the Community College of Allegheny County, will become president of Cuyahoga Community College in July. He led its Metropolitan Campus from 1993 to 2003. He will succeed Jerry Sue Thornton, who will retire on June 30 after 21 years at the helm.

Arthur W. Toga and Paul Thompson, along with 110 faculty members, researchers, and others whom they lead, will leave the University of California at Los Angeles to join the University of Southern California in the fall. Mr. Toga is a professor of neurology who directs UCLA's Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, which will move to the new institution, and Mr. Thompson is a professor of neurology and psychiatry.

Barry Pearson, vice president for academic affairs at Millikin University and a professional play director, will become provost and vice president for academic affairs at the State University of New York's College at Purchase.

Matthew A. Liao-Troth, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Georgia College & State University and an expert in nonprofit management, will become Hawaii Pacific University's first provost on July 15.


Dennis D. Berkey, president and chief executive of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, says he will step down at the close of the academic year, after nine years of leadership. Philip B. Ryan, chair of the Board of Trustees, will lead the institution as it searches for a new president.


Kenneth N. Waltz, a political scientist who wrote Man, the State, and War and Theory of International Politics, died on May 12. He was 88. He was a professor emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley and a senior research scholar at the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, where part of his research focused on the role of nuclear weapons in international relations.

Charles Dunn, who was president of Henderson State University for 22 years, from 1986 to 2008, died of complications from pancreatic cancer on May 5. He was 67.