Politician to Lead College of Charleston; U. of Louisiana Campus Names Vice President for Research

College of Saint Benedict

Mary Hinton
March 31, 2014


Glenn F. McConnell, South Carolina’s lieutenant governor, has been chosen as the next president of the College of Charleston. He succeeds George Benson, who will step down this summer after six years at the helm. 

Mary Hinton, vice president for academic affairs at Mount Saint Mary College, in New York, will become president of the College of Saint Benedict, in Minnesota, on June 15. She will succeed MaryAnn Baenninger, who said last fall that she would step down in June after 10 years of leading the college.

Ramesh Kolluru, interim vice president for research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and an associate professor in its School of Computing and Informatics, has been chosen as permanent vice president.

E. LaBrent Chrite, dean of the School of Business at Montclair State University, in New Jersey, will become dean of the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver on August 1. Charles Patti has served as interim dean there following the departure of Christine M. Riordan to become provost of the University of Kentucky.

Maryam Alavi, interim dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, will become dean of the Scheller College of Business, at the Georgia Institute of Technology, on July 1. She will succeed Steve Salbu, dean since 2006. He will resume his faculty role and direct a program in business ethics.

Fred P. Pestello, president of Le Moyne College since 2008, will be Saint Louis University’s first permanent lay president. He will take office on July 1, replacing the interim president, William R. Kauffman. Mr. Kauffman followed the Rev. Lawrence Biondi, a longtime president who retired last September after criticism from faculty members and students.



Philip D. Castille resigned as president of the University of Houston at Victoria after receiving a vote of no confidence from the Faculty Senate. He had held the post since 2011 and will return to his faculty position.

Peter J. Taylor, the University of California’s chief financial officer and executive vice president for the past five years, will step down to become president of the ECMC Foundation. Supported by the Educational Credit Management Corporation, which services student loans for the federal government, the foundation works to help low-income students succeed in college.