Transitions: People in Academe

Reed College

Lorraine Arvin
October 21, 2013


Lorraine Arvin, a former associate vice president for finance and administration and treasurer at the University of Chicago, will become vice president and treasurer of Reed College next year. She will succeed Edwin O. McFarlane, who has held the position for 35 years.

Richard Telfer, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, will become interim president of the University of Wisconsin system on January 1. He will succeed Kevin P. Reilly.

Evan S. Dobelle has been placed on administrative leave with pay as president of Westfield State University, in Massachusetts, pending an investigation of his spending practices.

Nicolette DeVille Christensen became president of Arcadia University this month, after having performed the president's duties since March, when she was named the university's chief operating officer.

Christopher Boone, professor at Arizona State University's Schools of Sustainability and Human Evolution and Social Change, has been named dean of the School of Sustainability. He has been its interim dean since July.


Kent Hance, chancellor of the Texas Tech University system since 2006, says he will resign from his post as soon as a replacement is found.

Thomas K. McKeon says he will retire as president of Tulsa Community College next year, after having served 10 years as president. He has worked at the college since 1978, starting as a part-time horticulture instructor.


Howard Bremer, a patent lawyer who worked for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation for 53 years, died on October 11. He was 90. His efforts to improve the technology-transfer process contributed to passage of federal legislation in 1980 that made it easier for universities to retain title to their inventions and to the founding in 1974 of the organization that became known as the Association of University Technology Managers.