Transitions: People in Academe

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Jean-Lou Chameau
February 25, 2013

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Job Moves

Jean-Lou Chameau, who has been president of the California Institute of Technology for seven years, will leave that post this year to become the second president of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in Saudi Arabia.

Julie Sullivan, executive vice president and provost of the University of San Diego, will become the first woman and first layperson to serve as president of the University of Saint Thomas, in Minnesota. She will succeed the Rev. Dennis Dease, who will retire on June 30 after 22 years in the top post.

Jim Letten, a former U.S. attorney for the eastern district of Louisiana, has been named assistant dean for experiential learning at Tulane University Law School.

Edward B. Burger, a professor of mathematics at Williams College who is known for his teaching innovations, will become president of Southwestern University. He will succeed Jake B. Schrum, who will retire July 1 after having served 13 years in that post.

Paul K. Halverson, director and state health officer for the Arkansas Department of Health and a professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, has been appointed dean of the new Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Richard L. Revesz, dean of New York University School of Law, will become director of the university's new Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment, which received a $40-million gift from the entrepreneur Donald B. Marron.

Melody Rose, vice chancellor for academic strategies in the Oregon University System, has been named interim chancellor. On March 2, she will become the first woman to lead the system, replacing George Pern­steiner.


Daniel J. LaVista will resign on June 30 after having served nearly three years as chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District, the largest in the nation. He said in a districtwide e-mail that he planned to pursue "other opportunities."

In Memoriam

Leonard Apt, an emeritus professor of ophthalmology at the University of California at Los Angeles who invented several diagnostic tests, died on February 1. He was 90. He and a collaborator developed an antiseptic eye drop that reduces the incidence of blindness among children in developing countries.