Florida Atlantic U. and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Name New Leaders


Laurie A. Leshin
January 27, 2014


John Kelly, vice president for economic development at Clemson University, has been selected as the next president at Florida Atlantic University. The Florida institution’s previous permanent president, Mary Jane Saunders, resigned last May.

Laurie A. Leshin, dean of the School of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will become the next president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute on July 1. Philip B. Ryan has been serving as interim president since Dennis D. Berkey stepped down last May.

S. Claiborne (Clay) Johnston, associate vice chancellor for research at the University of California at San Francisco, has been named inaugural dean of the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin and university vice president for medical affairs. He will also be a professor of neurology. He will begin March 1, and the school expects its first class of students to start in the fall of 2016.

Johnson O. Akinleye, who was associate vice chancellor for academic programs at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, is the new provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at North Carolina Central University.

Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III, who was terminated “without cause” as president of Arcadia University last March, has been named executive vice president for administration and strategic advancement at Rowan University. He will start next month.

Robert J. Sternberg, a psychologist and Chronicle contributing writer who resigned as president of the University of Wyoming in November, will begin a new job as a professor of human development at Cornell University next week.


David R. Pierce, who was president of the American Association of Community Colleges from 1991 to 2000, died in Illinois on January 16. He was 78. Previously he had served as chancellor of the Virginia Community College System, executive director of the Illinois Community College Board, and president of the North Iowa Area Community College.

Arthur V. Ciervo, a former director of public relations for Pennsylvania State University and Georgetown University, died on January 18. He was 84. After retiring from Penn State, he held seminars to teach colleges how to work effectively with national news media.

Elliot W. Eisner, a leading scholar and advocate of arts education, died on January 10 at his home on the Stanford University campus. He was 80. He was a professor emeritus of education and of art at Stanford University who wrote or edited many books on arts-education topics.