Transitions: People in Academe

Miami U.

Matthew Myers
November 25, 2013


Chuck Staben, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of South Dakota, will become president of the University of Idaho in March. Donald L. Burnett Jr., dean of Idaho's College of Law, is serving as interim president, following the departure of M. Duane Nellis to lead Texas Tech University.

Linda K. Johnsrud, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs in the University of Hawaii system, will leave at the end of the year to become associate vice chancellor for academic affairs in the University of Texas system.

Michael M. Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will move to the University of Maryland at College Park next fall and bring the center's DeVos Institute of Arts Management with him. At Maryland he will lead the institute, which trains and supports leaders of arts organizations.

Marc Kastner, dean of the School of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2007, is being nominated by President Obama to be director of the Office of Science in the Department of Energy.

Matthew Myers, associate dean of the Center for Executive Education and a professor of marketing at the University of Tennessee, will become dean of the Farmer School of Business at Miami University, in Ohio. He will also hold a chair in business leadership. The school's previous permanent dean, Roger L. Jenkins, retired at the end of last year.

Helene Dillard, a professor of plant pathology and plant-microbe biology at Cornell University and statewide director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, will become dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California at Davis in January. The post is being filled on an interim basis by Mary E. Delany, a professor of animal science. Neal K. Van Alfen, who was dean from 1999 until last summer, is back in his faculty position in the department of plant pathology.

Thomas Iliffe, a professor of marine biology at Texas A&M University at Galveston, who is known for his cave diving, will be a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History for the next three years.

Alan L. Kafka, an associate professor of earth and environmental sciences at Boston College, is the new director of the college's Weston Observatory, which studies earthquakes.


Eugene R. Milhizer, president and dean of Ave Maria School of Law, will step down on July 1, 2014, and return to being a full-time faculty member. He became Ave Maria's acting dean in 2009, when it moved from Michigan to Florida, and assumed his current title in January 2010.

Michael B. McCall, first president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, will retire in January 2015. He has led the system since 1998.