Transitions: People in Academe

September 03, 2012


Richard C. Levin, Yale University's president since 1993, said last week that he will step down at the end of the academic year. He has led his institution longer than has any peer now in the Ivy League. Mr. Levin has been credited with restoring Yale's financial stability; strengthening science, engineering, medicine, and other academic programs; working to improve the university's relationship with the City of New Haven; and increasing international efforts. He oversaw a collaboration with the National University of Singapore to open a joint campus in Singapore next year, a plan that some of Yale's faculty members have resisted. In a message to the campus, Mr. Levin, an economist, said he was looking forward to a sabbatical next year, during which he planned to complete a book of reflections on higher education and economic policy.

Thomas Q. Keefe Jr., a personal-injury lawyer who was appointed dean of Saint Louis University's law school last month, told Missouri Lawyers Weekly that he is refusing a salary but expects to maintain his practice while running the school. The university's president, the Rev. Lawrence Biondi, announced Mr. Keefe's appointment, for the 2012-13 school year, in a message to the faculty and staff in which he disclosed that Mr. Keefe's predecessor, Annette Clark, had resigned as dean and would return to the faculty.


Barbara D. Boyan, an associate dean at the Georgia Institute of Technology's College of Engineering, will become the dean of Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Engineering on January 1. A member of the National Academy of Engineers, she has founded several companies, including SpherIngenics, which developed a technology for delivering stem-cell therapy.

John Mitchell, a computer scientist at Stanford University's School of Engineering, will become the university's first vice provost for online learning.

Jay Barney, a professor at Ohio State University, has been named a professor of strategic management and social entrepreneurship at the University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business.

Geoff Dabelko Is stepping down as director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program to become a professor at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. He will assume an advisory role with the Wilson Center's program.

John B. Ford, who retired from Stanford University in 2008 after serving as chief fund raiser and senior vice president for university resources, has been named the new vice chancellor for university development and alumni relations at the University of California at San Francisco. At Stanford, he helped organize three successful campaigns with goals of more than $1-billion.

Jack Scott, who stepped down as chancellor of the California Community Colleges this year, will join Claremont Graduate University's School of Educational Studies as a scholar in residence for the 2012-13 academic year.

Clarence B. Jones Sr., a former speech writer, lawyer, and adviser to the late Martin Luther King Jr., will be the University of San Francisco's first Diversity Scholar. As a visiting professor, he is teaching a politics course, "From Slavery to Obama."


Carol Z. Garrison has stepped down as president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, after serving in that post for a decade. Richard Marchase, the university's vice president for research and economic development, was named interim president.

William (Bill) Davis, executive director of the American Anthropological Association for the past 16 years, says he plans to retire early next year. He is credited with developing an electronic anthropological library and expanding the global reach of anthropological scholarship.

Jake B. Schrum, who has been president of Southwestern University for 12 years, has said he will retire at the end of the 2012-13 academic year.

Lisa Marsh Ryerson, who has been president of Wells College since 1995, has said she will retire at the end of this academic year. She will then spend a sabbatical year working with the Board of Trustees on key institutional efforts.

Hildy Teegen is stepping down as dean of the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business, a post she has held for five years. After a successor is found, she plans to take a one-year sabbatical and then return to the classroom.


Samuel L. Stanley Jr., president of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, has been appointed chair of the National Advisory Board for Biosecurity, a panel of experts that advises federal agencies that conduct or support life-sciences research. He is an infectious-disease researcher.

Submit ideas to or at