Transitions People in Academe

Jacksonville U.

Tim Cost
November 05, 2012


Nancy A. Roseman, a former dean at Williams College, has been named president of Dickinson College. She will succeed William G. Durden when he retires in June after 14 years as president.

Adam Weinberg, a sociologist who is the chief executive of World Learning, an international nonprofit group, will become president of Denison University in July, when President Dale Knobel retires after 15 years in the post.

Tim Cost, a consultant for PepsiCo who had been the company's executive vice president, will become president of Jacksonville University next July, following the retirement of Kerry D. Romesburg.

Sharon Mosher, dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin, has been named president of the American Geosciences Institute for 2013.

Barbara Mink, a clinical professor at the University of Texas at Austin's College of Education, will be director of the university's Community College Leadership Program.

Sean Carton, a professor of marketing and director of the University of Baltimore's Center for Digital Communication, Commerce, and Culture, has been named the first holder of the institution's Bob (Go Daddy) Parsons Professorship of Digital Communication, Commerce, and Culture.


Lars A. Hafner signed an agreement last week that will pay him $363,000 in exchange for his immediate resignation from the top job at the State College of Florida. Two of Mr. Hafner's supporters on the board resigned with him. Mr. Hafner had clashed with trustees appointed by Gov. Rick Scott who criticized his handling of the institution's finances.

The Louisiana State University system plans to merge the top leadership positions of the system and its flagship campus, at Baton Rouge. William L. Jenkins is now serving as interim president of the system and interim chancellor of the flagship. He became the system's interim chief in April after the dismissal of John V. Lombardi, and then took added duties as the flagship's interim chancellor after Michael V. Martin announced in May that he was leaving that job. The board says it will search for a new president to oversee all of the university's entities.


Jacques Barzun, historian, cultural critic, and author of dozens of popular and scholarly books, died on October 25. He was 104. Mr. Barzun received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Columbia University, where he then served as a professor, dean, and later provost. Mr. Barzun was an important critic of American universities, arguing in 1968 that their curricula had become an undisciplined "bazaar" of miscellaneous studies. But he was also a popularizer, believing that the achievements of the arts and scholarship should not be divorced from the wider American culture. Writing for a general audience, he said, was "a responsibility of scholars."