Transitions: People in Academe

Melissa Hartley

M. Duane Nellis
March 11, 2013


Suzanne Fortier, president of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, has been selected as McGill University's principal and vice chancellor, effective in September. She will succeed Heather Munroe-Blum, who has led McGill since 2003.

M. Duane Nellis, president of the University of Idaho, has been named the sole finalist to be president of Texas Tech University. His appointment is subject to approval by the system's governing board.

Ronald T. Brown, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Wayne State University, in Detroit, has been named the sole finalist to be president of the University of North Texas at Dallas.

Donald M. Elliman Jr., a former publisher of People magazine who has been interim chancellor of the University of Colorado at Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus since last year, has been named chancellor. His previous jobs include being the state's chief operating officer and director of the medical campus's Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology.

Robin E. Remsburg, director of the School of Nursing and associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University, will become dean of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro's School of Nursing in July.

Timothy Hoff, an expert in health policy and management issues, has joined the faculty of Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business as an associate professor of management, health-care systems, and health policy. He had been an associate professor at the State University of New York at Albany's School of Public Health.

John Sullivan, a journalist and senior lecturer at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, has been hired jointly as American University School of Communication's investigative journalist in residence, senior editor in the school's Investigative Reporting Workshop, and an investigative reporter at The Washington Post.


Randolph W. Bromery, who was chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1971 to 1979 and a professor emeritus of geophysics, died in Massachusetts on February 26. He was 87. As chancellor, he arranged for the university to acquire the papers of the scholar and civil-rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois. Mr. Bromery was also interim president of what was then Westfield State College and president of Springfield College and Roxbury Community College.