Transitions: People in Academe

U. of Chicago

Thomas Rosenbaum
November 04, 2013


Thomas Rosenbaum, provost of the University of Chicago, will become president of the California Institute of Technology next July. He will replace Edward M. Stolper, Caltech's provost, who is serving as interim president following the departure of Jean-Lou Chameau.

Amr S. Elnashai, head of the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will become dean of Pennsylvania State University's College of Engineering in January. He will succeed David Wormley, who is retiring after more than 21 years in the post.

Wynton Marsalis, managing and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, will become director of jazz studies at Juilliard School next July.

Joel H. Saltz, who was chair of biomedical informatics at Emory University, has become chair of the State University of New York at Stony Brook's new department of biomedical informatics.


James D. Plummer will step down as Stanford University's dean of engineering next year, after nearly 15 years in that role. After a year's sabbatical, he intends to return to doing research and teaching in the electrical-engineering department.

Edward H. Hammond, who has been president of Fort Hays State University, in Kansas, since 1987, says he will retire next June.


Arthur C. Danto, a professor emeritus of philosophy at Columbia University and art critic at The Nation from 1984 to 2009, died in New York City on October 25. He was 89. The author of numerous books on philosophy and art, he explored the question of what art is.

E. Grady Bogue, chancellor emeritus of Louisiana State University at Shreveport, died of complications of cancer on October 30. He was 77. He led Shreveport from 1980 to 1991 and was interim chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from last fall until July. From 1991 until he retired last year, he was a professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. In September, Johns Hopkins University Press published a book he had co-written, Presidencies Derailed: Why University Leaders Fail and How to Prevent It.

Charles A. Sorber, a University of Texas leader, died suddenly on October 18. He was 74. From 1993 to 2001, he was president of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. His many other roles include serving as interim president of two other University of Texas campuses and as dean of engineering at the University of Pittsburgh from 1986 to 1993.