Transitions: People in Academe

Southern Polytechnic State U.

Alana Kyriakakis
March 04, 2013


Robert J. Sternberg, provost, senior vice president, and a professor of psychology at Oklahoma State University, will become president of the University of Wyoming in July. Mr. Sternberg, who has published many books in his field and contributed articles to The Chronicle, will succeed Tom Buchanan, who will retire after having led the university for eight years.

James A. Larimore, deputy director for student success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a former dean at Stanford University and at Swarthmore and Dartmouth Colleges, will be dean of students at Amherst College. He starts part time in April and full time this summer.

Alana Kyriakakis has left her post as a legal adviser at Georgia Health Sciences University to become Southern Polytechnic State University's first in-house counsel.

Ariel Roth, founding director of the Johns Hopkins University's graduate program in global-security studies, has become executive director of the Israel Institute, a new organization in Washington that will support scholarship, research, and teaching on modern Israel.


Wayne D. Watson, who became president of Chicago State University in 2009, stepped down last week. He will have a one-year sabbatical and then retire. Sandra Westbrooks, the university's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, was named acting president.

Stephen B. Shepard, founding dean of the City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism, will step down from his post on December 31. He plans to stay on at the school, which he has led since 2006, as a professor.


Brother Patrick Ellis, a past president of La Salle University and Catholic University of America, died on February 21. He was 84. When he led La Salle, from 1977 to 1992, the campus nearly doubled in size and it achieved university status. He led Catholic University from 1992 to 1998.