Transitions: People in Academe

February 03, 2014


Jane Close Conoley has been selected as president of California State University at Long Beach. She is currently dean of the graduate school of education at the University of California at Santa Barbara where she is also a professor of counseling, clinical, and school psychology. She expects to start her new position in July.

Douglas A. Shackelford, a professor of taxation and an associate dean at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, has been appointed the school’s next dean. He replaces John P. Evans, the interim dean.

James Perkins has been named vice president for research and sponsored programs and a professor of chemistry at Clark Atlanta University. For the past seven years he has been director of the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Translational Research Network Data and Technology Coordinating Center at Jackson State University.

Rakesh Khurana, a leadership expert at Harvard Business School, will become dean of Harvard College. Mr. Khurana, who is also a professor of sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, will begin his new role as undergraduate dean in July.

Maeve Richard, who has held executive positions at companies including Arteris Inc. and J.P. Morgan, has been named assistant dean and director of the Career Management Center at Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Mordechai Rozanski, president of Rider University, plans to retire at the end of July 2015. He said he originally planned to step down at the end of his second five-year term, in 2013, but was asked by the board to extend his term by two years to coincide with the university’s 150th anniversary.


Stephen H. Clapp, a violinist and dean emeritus of the Julliard School, died on January 26 after a long illness. He was 74. He served as dean from 1994 to 2007 and then returned to teaching and coaching chamber music as a faculty member in the college and pre-college divisions at Julliard. He was still working with students in his studio at the school the week before he died.

William K. Weaver, the founding president and chancellor of the University of Mobile, died on January 13. He was 95. In 1961 he was named president of what was then called Mobile College.