Marquette U. and Trinity College Choose New Presidents

Trinity College

Joanne Berger-Sweeney
April 07, 2014

Michael R. Lovell, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, will be the next president of Marquette University and the first layman to hold that post. He will succeed the Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, who resigned last year. The Rev. Robert A. Wild is filling the role on an interim basis until Mr. Lovell takes over on August 1.

Joanne Berger-Sweeney, a neuroscientist who is dean of arts and sciences at Tufts University, will become president of Trinity College, in Connecticut. On July 1, she will succeed James F. Jones Jr., who will retire after 10 years in the role. She will be the first woman and first African-American to lead Trinity.

Alberto R. Gonzales, who was U.S. attorney general from 2005 to 2007, during President George W. Bush’s second term, will become dean of Belmont University’s College of Law on June 1. The college’s founding dean, Jeffrey Kinsler, plans to become a full-time faculty member. Mr. Gonzales has been teaching at Belmont since 2012.

Siamack Shojai, dean of the School of Business at Central Connecticut State University since 2007, has been named dean of the Cotsakos College of Business at William Paterson University, in New Jersey. He will begin July 1.

Sarah Nutter, acting dean for the School of Management at George Mason University since May 2013, has been named dean. A former economist for the Internal Revenue Service, she is also an accounting professor.

Pam Grossman, a professor of education in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University and faculty director of Stanford’s Center to Support Excellence in Teaching, will become dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania on January 1, 2015. She will succeed Andrew C. Porter, who has been dean since 2007.

Danette G. Howard, secretary of higher education in Maryland, will become vice president for policy and mobilization at the Lumina Foundation on April 14. She will oversee several strategies to increase higher-education attainment.