Transitions: People in Academe

Champlain College

Donald J. Laakman
January 20, 2014


Carolyn Dever, dean of the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt University and a scholar of gender studies and 19th-century British literature, will become provost of Dartmouth College in July. She will replace Martin N. Wybourne, who has served as interim provost since July 2012.

Donald J. Laackman, president of Harold Washington College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, will assume the presidency of Champlain College, in Vermont, in July. He will succeed David F. Finney, who is retiring.


Rep. George Miller of California, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives' education committee and its former chairman, says he will retire after four decades in Congress.


Dale T. Mortensen, a professor of economics at Northwestern University and a winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science, died on January 9. He was 74. His approach to investigating the labor market helps explain why it can take so long for people to find jobs.

Robert A. Pastor, a professor of international service at American University, died of cancer on January 8. He was 66. Mr. Pastor was director of the university's Center for North American Studies and co-director of the Center for Democracy and Election Management. He helped establish the American University of Nigeria.