Transitions People in Academe

Amherst College

Peter Uvin, Provost, Amherst College
December 10, 2012


Leslie K. Guice, Louisiana Tech University's vice president for research and development and executive vice president, has been named the university's president. He will begin in July.

Felipe Calderón, who stepped down as president of Mexico this month, will become a fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School in January. His appointment has been opposed by about 3,000 signers of an online petition that says Mr. Calderón's war against drug cartels led to the deaths of innocent people. The former president is a Kennedy School alumnus.

Peter Uvin has been chosen as the first provost of Amherst College. He is the academic dean and a professor of international humanitarian studies at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His new job starts next summer.

Martin Ravallion, director of the development-research group at the World Bank, will become a professor of economics at Georgetown University in January.

Daniel F. Attridge, a managing partner in the Washington office of Kirkland & Ellis, has been chosen as the next dean of Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law.


Al Bowman, who has been president of Illinois State University for nine years, has said he will retire as soon as a replacement can be found. He cited health considerations, including a past surgery, and said he had been advised that "stepping away from a high-pressure, seven-day-a-week position is the best thing I can do for my long-term well-being."

Leonard A. Schlesinger, president of Babson College, has said he will step down from the post he has held for more than four years at the end of the academic year, so he can give more attention to his family.


Ray L. Heffner, who led Brown University from 1966 to 1969, died in Iowa on November 28. He was 87. The campus was in turmoil over the Vietnam War during his tenure, and he resigned the day after the faculty voted to adopt a new curriculum, saying, "I have simply reached the conclusion that I do not enjoy being a university president." Before leading Brown, he taught and held administrative positions at Indiana University and at the University of Iowa. After stepping down, he returned to Iowa, as provost and a professor of English. Most recently he taught literature classes at a senior center for 16 years.