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Northern Illinois U.

Douglas D. Baker
April 08, 2013


Jean Bethke Elshtain, a professor of social and political ethics at the University of Chicago, has been appointed to the Kluge Chair in Modern Culture at the Library of Congress's John W. Kluge Center. Starting this month, she will spend five months at the library to do research on her forthcoming book, Movies and the Moral Life.

Brian D. Voss has become the first presidential fellow at Educause, an information-technology group in higher education. Mr. Voss, who is chief information officer and a vice president of the University of Maryland at College Park, will help Educause devise a plan to reduce the costs of administrative use of information technology at colleges.


Douglas D. Baker, provost and executive vice president at the University of Idaho, will become president of Northern Illinois University in July. Mr. Baker is also a professor of business with expertise in organizational strategy, structure, and motivation. He will replace John G. Peters, who will step down in June, after 13 years at the helm.

Kenneth R. Evans has had his appointment as president of Lamar University approved by the Board of Regents of the Texas State University system. For the past six years, he has been dean of the Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma. He will succeed James M. Simmons, who is retiring after 14 years as president. On July 1, Mr. Simmons will become the university's first president emeritus.

James A. Donahue, who has been president of the Graduate Theological Union for more than 12 years, will become president of Saint Mary's College of California in July.

Jeremiah Quinlan, deputy dean of Yale University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions, has been named the next dean of undergraduate admissions. Jeffrey Brenzel, who has held the post since 2005, will step down in June. He will continue as master of Timothy Dwight College and will teach full time.

Melissa Pilgrim, an associate professor of biology and interim director of research at University of South Carolina Upstate, has been named the university's director of research.


James F. Jones Jr., who has been president of Trinity College, in Connecticut, since 2004, will retire in June 2015.

Correction (4/8/2013, 5:59 p.m.): Because of incorrect information supplied to The Chronicle, the original version of this article gave an incorrect title for the forthcoming book by Jean Bethke Elshtain. It is Movies and the Moral Life, not The Age of Eisenhower. The error has been corrected.