Transitions People in Academe

July 02, 2012


Gov. Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., Republican of Indiana, has been chosen as Purdue University's next president by the university's Board of Trustees, almost all of whose members he has appointed. The current president, France A. Córdova, will step down on July 15, and Timothy D. Sands, the university's provost, will serve as interim president until January, when Mr. Daniels's second term as governor ends.

Robert J. Gee was removed as president of the National Graduate School of Quality Management by its governing board. His dismissal followed reports in The Boston Globe about his lavish salary ($732,891 in 2009) and other generous compensation.


The first academic hire for CornellNYC Tech is Deborah L. Estrin, founding director of the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing and a professor of computer science at the University of California at Los Angeles. She will be a professor of computer science at the new tech campus in New York City as well.

Sue Henderson will be the first female president of New Jersey City University. She is now chief operating officer and vice president for institutional advancement at City University of New York's Queens College.

Lauren K. Robel, interim provost of Indiana University at Bloomington and, until recently, dean of its Maurer School of Law, becomes the university's provost and executive vice president on July 1.

Chris A. Kaiser, a professor of biology and former chair of the biology department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, takes over as the university's provost on July 2, the same day that L. Rafael Reif steps up from being provost to president.

Douglas Greenberg has resigned as executive dean of Rutgers University's School of Arts and Sciences, after four years in that post. He plans to take a year's leave to pursue scholarly work and then return to the faculty.


Dan Shea, an anthropology professor at Beloit College, died in Chile on June 19 after falling at dinner. He was in the country leading five students on a research trip. Mr. Shea, who was 71, had been a faculty member at the college for 44 years.

Amanda Tatro, the former University of Minnesota-Twin Cities mortuary-science student who unsuccessfully challenged the university after it disciplined her for remarks she made on Facebook, died in Minneapolis on June 26. News reports say she suffered from a disabling condition. Her death, at age 31, came six days after the Minnesota Supreme Court rejected her argument that the university had violated her free-speech rights.

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