Transitions: People in Academe

U. of Texas

John J. McKetta Jr.
November 26, 2012


Paul S. Berman, who has been dean of George Washington University Law School since July of last year, will fill a newly created position at the university, vice provost for online education and academic innovation, beginning early next year.

Stephanie Smith, who led human resources for Kraft Foods North America, will become vice president for human resources at DePaul University this month.

John P. Donohue, who was executive vice president for development at the United Negro College Fund and was previously involved in university fund raising, is the new vice president for college advancement at the College of New Jersey.


Claire Pomeroy, who has been vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the University of California at Davis's School of Medicine for the past seven years, has said she will step down on June 30, after which she hopes to do work that will "have a national impact by contributing to the redesign of the health-care system." Under her leadership, the school expanded research and created a center to work on reducing health-care disparities. But the school's department of neurological surgery has been under investigation by the university and federal agencies after two neurosurgeons were accused of doing unauthorized research.

Jane E. Knodell has said she will resign as provost and senior vice president of the University of Vermont on January 1 and return to the faculty, as a professor of economics. She was named to her current positions nearly two years ago, after serving for more than a year as interim provost. The university's president said he would name an interim provost by mid-December.


The department of chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin has been named for John J. McKetta Jr., a 97-year-old professor emeritus who joined the faculty there in 1946. He is known for having promoted better teaching during his seven-year tenure as dean of the College of Engineering; for being an energy adviser to five U.S. presidents; and for donating to the university $1-million, which he calculated to be the sum of his total salary from the institution.