Transitions People in Academe

Morehouse College

John S. Wilson Jr.
November 19, 2012


John S. Wilson Jr., executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, was chosen by Morehouse College's Board of Trustees to be the next president of the college. Mr. Wilson, a 1979 graduate of the college, in Atlanta, had also been a finalist for the president's position in 2007. At the end of January, he will replace Robert M. Franklin, who assumed the post five years ago. Previously Mr. Wilson held positions at George Washington University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sandra Woodley, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives at the University of Texas system, will become the eighth president of the University of Louisiana system on January 1. She previously held leadership positions for the Arizona Board of Regents, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, and the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

The Rev. Frank A. Thomas, a senior pastor at a church in Memphis who has written books on preaching and on guiding congregations, will lead a new institute at the Christian Theological Seminary that will focus on preaching, worship, and sacred rhetoric. He will also be a professor of homiletics.


Kenneth I. Shine, executive vice chancellor for health affairs at the University of Texas system, says he will retire early next year.

Jorge Posadas, who was student-life director at San Antonio College, is no longer employed there, reported a student newspaper that had a dispute with him over a proposed interview. The paper said Mr. Posadas had refused to be interviewed face to face unless he was paid for his time. The incident drew national news coverage.


Richard N. Current, a Civil War historian who specialized in the career and influence of President Abraham Lincoln, died on October 26. He was 100. He had taught at Rutgers University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and several other institutions.

Bertram Wyatt-Brown, longtime editor of Louisiana State University Press's Southern Biography Series, who wrote many books and articles on Southern history, died in Baltimore on November 5. He was 80.