Transitions: People in Academe

Julie Ainsworth, Folger Shakespeare Library

Stephen Enniss
April 15, 2013


Trevor W. Morrison, a professor of law and co-director of the Center for Constitutional Governance at Columbia University Law School, will succeed Richard L. Revesz as dean of New York University School of Law. Mr. Revesz, who is stepping down on May 31, will remain on the law-school faculty and will direct the university's new Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment.

Stephen Enniss, head librarian of the Folger Shakespeare Library, in Washington, D.C., will become director of the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities-research library and museum at the University of Texas at Austin. He will succeed Thomas F. Staley, who will retire on August 31 after 25 years in that post but will remain on the faculty.

Costantino Iadecola, a professor of neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College and a neurologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, will direct the college's new Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute, which is set to open at the end of 2013.

Ben Vinson III, vice dean for centers, interdepartmental programs, and graduate programs, and a professor of Latin American history at the Johns Hopkins University, will become dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at George Washington University. He will succeed Peg Barratt, who will step down in June. After taking a sabbatical, she will continue as a psychology professor.

Mark B. Rotenberg, who has been general counsel at the University of Minnesota for more than 20 years, will become general counsel and a vice president of the Johns Hopkins University in June. Frederick G. Savage has filled that role on an interim basis since Stephen S. Dunham left last summer to take an equivalent post at Pennsylvania State University.

W. Gerard (Gerry) Sanders, a professor of strategic management at Rice University, has been named dean and Bodenstedt Chair of the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business. He will begin in July. Daniel Hollas, a professor of economics, has served as interim dean since last year, when Lynda Y. de la Viña, a professor of economics, stepped down from that leadership role.

G. (Anand) Anandalingam, dean of the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, will become dean of Imperial College London's Business School and a professor of management science there in August. He will have served a five-year term leading the Maryland school.


David F. Finney, who has been president of Champlain College for nearly eight years, says he will retire in June of next year.

Stephen Simpson, who has been Frostburg State University's provost and vice president for academic affairs for the past 12 years, will return to the faculty of the political-science department at the end of this academic year.


Mariam K. Chamberlain, who helped start and sustain women's studies and research, died in New York City on April 2 at the age of 94. She was the founding president of the National Council for Research on Women and was a resident scholar there. As a program officer at the Ford Foundation in the 1960s and 1970s, she supported the creation of college-based centers and independent policy institutes devoted to women's issues. She had a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Robert G. Edwards, a professor at the University of Cambridge who, along with his colleague Patrick C. Steptoe, developed in vitro fertilization, died on April 10. He was 87. His work resulted, in 1978, in the birth of the first baby created from an egg fertilized outside the womb. Several million more babies are estimated to have been conceived that way since then. In 2010 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for developing the technique.