CUNY's Queens College and Lone Star College System Select New Leaders

Georgetown U.

Kelly Otter
July 14, 2014


Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, president of Hostos Community College of the City University of New York since 2009 and a former secretary of family services in Puerto Rico, was chosen as the next president of CUNY’s Queens College. He is an expert on the status of women in Puerto Rico.

Steve Head, who has been president of Lone Star College-North Harris since 2007, will become chancellor of the Lone Star College system on August 1. He will succeed Richard Carpenter, who is retiring after seven years in the role,

Samuel Moyn, who was a professor of European legal history at Columbia University, has become a professor of law and history at Harvard Law School. His several books include The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History.

Nimalan Chinniah, executive vice president for administration and chief financial officer at the University of Chicago, will become executive vice president at Northwestern University on September 8, He will take over the leadership of all business and finance operations from Eugene S. Sunshine, who is retiring after 17 years in that position.

Richard Roush, dean of the Melbourne School of Land and Environment at the University of Melbourne, in Australia, will become dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences of Pennsylvania State University at University Park on October 1. He will succeed Bruce A. McPheron, who left in 2012 to become vice president for agricultural administration and dean at Ohio State University.

William D. Adams, president of Colby College from 2000 to last month, received Senate confirmation of his nomination as the next chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Kelly Otter, an associate dean in the College of Professional Studies at Northeastern University, has been named dean of the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University.


Arnold S. Relman, editor of The New England Journal of Medicine from 1977 to 1991, died of cancer on June 17. He was 91. An emeritus professor of medicine and social medicine at Harvard University, Dr. Relman is known for his writings on the costs of the health-insurance industry and drugs.

Seth Teller, a professor of computer science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died on July 1. He was 50. He led a group in the university’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory that worked on robotics, vision, and sensor networks. He was involved in developing a self-driving car and assistive technologies including a wheelchair that responds to voice commands.