Transitions: People in Academe

Xavier U. of La.

Loren J. Blanchard
February 11, 2013


Andrei Kirilenko, former chief economist of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, has become a professor of the practice of finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management. He will also be a co-director of the new MIT Sloan Center for Finance and Policy, a research hub for the financial analysis of public-policy issues.

Loren J. Blanchard will become Xavier University of Louisiana's first provost in July. He will add that role to his current post as the university's senior vice president for academic affairs.

Donald E. Jackson, vice president for advancement at Hastings College, was chosen as president of the college immediately upon the resignation of his predecessor, Dennis C. Trotter, who held the office for less than two years.

Julie Del Giorno, chief of staff at Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary, in Pennsylvania, has been named to the newly created position of athletics integrity officer at Pennsylvania State University at University Park. She starts there part time in March and will become full time in April.


Bob Kerrey has resigned his post as president emeritus of the New School, a highly paid position that he had been under contract to hold through 2016. He will continue to serve as a consultant to the institution through this academic year.

William L. Pollard says he will step down as president of the City University of New York's Medgar Evers College after a successor is found. During the three and a half years he has led the college, the faculty has twice voted no confidence in his administration.

Harold G. Jeffcoat, who has been president of Millikin University for nearly two years, said last month that he would retire immediately. The university's past vice president for enrollment, Richard L. Dunsworth, is serving as interim president for now but will leave to assume his new role as president of the University of the Ozarks in July.

James D. Jordan says he will retire as president and director of Columbia University Press in September. He has led the press since 2004.

Philip W. Semas will retire as The Chronicle's president and editor in chief this year, after a successor is found. He joined The Chronicle as a reporter in 1969 and has been in his current post since 2002. He has also served as managing editor, founding editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and editor of new media.