Howard U., Oakland U., and Texas A&M's Cyclotron Institute Name New Leaders

George W. Hynd
July 28, 2014


Wayne A.I. Frederick, who became Howard University’s interim president last October, was appointed to the post permanently in July. A scholar and surgeon, he previously served as provost and as director of the university hospital’s cancer center. His predecessor, Sidney A. Ribeau, retired suddenly last fall.

Martin Bean will step down as vice chancellor of Britain’s Open University to become vice chancellor of RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia, next February. Open University, which emphasizes online learning, is one of the founding partners of the MOOC platform FutureLearn.

George W. Hynd, provost and an executive vice president at the College of Charleston, has been named president of Oakland University. The previous president, Gary D. Russi, retired last summer. Betty J. Youngblood has served as interim president since last July.

Mia Henry, who has worked as a nonprofit-organization administrator, will become executive director of Kalamazoo College’s Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership on August 11. She will succeed the founding executive director, Jaime Grant, who has stepped down.

Sherry J. Yennello, a professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University at College Station and a former associate dean for faculty affairs in its College of Science, is the new director of the university’s Cyclotron Institute, a center for research on atomic nuclei. She replaces Robert E. Tribble, who left after 11 years to become deputy director for science and technology at Brookhaven National Laboratory.


Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman College since 2002, plans to retire on June 30, 2015. The historically black institution for women just completed a 10-year campaign that raised $157.8-million.


Paul G. Risser, who was president of Miami University, in Ohio, and of Oregon State University, and was chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, died July 10 in Oklahoma. He was 74. Before moving into leadership roles, he was a professor of botany at the University of Oklahoma.

Daniel Lockwood, who retired as president of Multnomah University last November because of health concerns, died on July 9. He was 65. He became president in 1997, and before that taught theology and served as seminary dean at the institution, where he worked for 34 years.

James MacGregor Burns, an emeritus professor of government at Williams College who won the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1971 for his book Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom, died July 15 in Massachusetts. He was 95. The author of many books, he helped develop the interdisciplinary field of leadership studies.

Robert F. Panara, a professor emeritus at the Rochester Institute of Technology and an expert on deaf figures in literature, died July 20. He was 94. Mr. Panara, who became deaf at age 10, joined the university’s newly established National Technical Institute for the Deaf in 1967 and helped establish the English department there.