Transitions: People in Academe

Joe Angeles

Mary J. Sansalone
February 04, 2013


Jere W. Morehead, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Georgia and a former assistant U.S. attorney, has been named the sole finalist to be president of the University of Georgia. The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents will make a final decision on the appointment.

Mary J. Sansalone, who was provost and chief academic officer at the Asian University for Women, in Bangladesh, will become vice president for strategic initiatives at the State University of New York at Stony Brook next month. She is also a past engineering dean at Washington University in St. Louis.

Philip McConnaughay, dean of Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson School of Law and founding dean of its School of International Affairs, will become dean of the Peking University School of Transnational Law this summer. The founding dean of the law school in China, Jeffrey S. Lehman, stepped aside last summer to become the first vice chancellor of NYU Shanghai.

Martha E. Pollack, vice provost for academic and budgetary affairs at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, has been selected as the institution's provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. She will succeed Philip J. Hanlon, who will become president of Dartmouth College.

Bonnie J. Dunbar, an engineer and retired NASA astronaut and manager, will lead the new STEM Center at the University of Houston. The center will promote education in science, technology, engineering, and math, and will integrate activities in the Cullen College of Engineering and in the Colleges of Education, Technology, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics. She will also join the faculty of the engineering college.

Jacques Steinberg, who was senior editor of education initiatives at The New York Times and is the author of The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, joins the nonprofit foundation Say Yes to Education this week. He will work to enlarge a college-scholarship program.


George Pern­steiner will resign as chancellor of the Oregon University System, effective March 1. He has held the title since 2005, after a year as acting chancellor. The state's governor has been working to restructure higher education, and the president of the State Board of Higher Education said the expected changes made this "an opportune time for a change of leadership."