Transitions: Johns Hopkins U. and Babson College to Get New Provosts

Columbia U.

Robert C. Lieberman
May 06, 2013


Robert C. Lieberman, interim dean of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a professor of political science and public affairs there, will become provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the Johns Hopkins University on July 1. He will succeed Lloyd B. Minor, who left last year to become dean of Stanford University's School of Medicine.

Dennis Hanno, Babson College's graduate dean and a vice provost, will become provost of the college on July 1. He will succeed Shahid Ansari, who will concentrate on his role as chief executive of Babson Global, a program to help institutions abroad promote entrepreneurship.

W. Ralph Eubanks, director of publishing at the Library of Congress and author of two memoirs, will become editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, or VQR, in June. The previous editor of the University of Virginia's literary magazine, Ted Genoways, stepped down last year. The journal went through turmoil after one of its staff members committed suicide in 2010.

Heather Wilson, a former member of Congress from New Mexico and small-business owner who has advised national laboratories, will become president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in June. She will succeed Robert A. Wharton, who died in September. Duane Hrncir, the institution's provost and vice president for academic affairs, has been serving as acting president.

Tricia Rose, a professor of Africana studies at Brown University known for her writings on hip-hop, has been appointed director of the university's Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. On July 1, she will succeed Evelyn Hu-DeHart, who has led the center since 2002. Ms. Rose wrote a ground-breaking book on the emergence of hip-hop culture, Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America.


Donald Kagan, Sterling professor of classics and history at Yale University, who is known for his series of books on the Peloponnesian War and his dedication to the teaching of Western civilization and the classics, will retire on June 30 and become a professor emeritus. He has been on the faculty at Yale for 44 years.

Fred Lazarus IV, who has been president of the Maryland Institute College of Art since 1978, will retire in May 2014.

M. Omar Hefni retired last week as president of the University of Dubai after 12 years in the post. In 2009 he succeeded in an effort to get the university's College of Business accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The college was the first in Dubai to gain that status. Earlier he was chief economist at Hughes Aircraft Company and taught business administration at two University of California campuses.