Transitions: People in Academe

U. of Dayton

Miguel H. Díaz
November 11, 2012

Job Moves 

• Miguel H. Díaz, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See since 2009, has been named university professor of faith and culture at the University of Dayton.

• James E. Payne, regional vice chancellor for academic affairs and research at the polytechnic campus of the University of South Florida, will become provost at the University of New Orleans. He will succeed Louis V. Paradise, who will retire in December after more than 30 years at the university.

• David L. Rule, president of Portland Community College (Ore.), has been selected as the next president of Bellevue College, Washington's largest community college. Jean Sarto Floten, who had led the college for 23 years, stepped down in 2011 to become chancellor of Western Governors University Washington. Laura Saunders, a former vice president for administrative services at the college, then served as interim president.

• Zulma Toro-Ramos has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is currently dean of the college of engineering at Wichita State University and director of the Center for Innovation and Enterprise Engagement.

• Renée Wilson-Simmons, an expert in child and adolescent development, has been named director of the National Center for Children in Poverty, which is within the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

• Edward J. Wing, dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown University, will step down at the end of the academic year after five years in the post. Dr. Wing shepherded the development of the Alpert Medical School, including its move to a new campus closer to teaching hospitals.


• Leo I. Higdon Jr., president of Connecticut College since 2006, says he will retire in December 2013. He was president of the College of Charleston for the previous five years.

• Richard S. Meyers, president of Fielding Graduate University, plans to retire at the end of 2013. He was previously president of Cerro Coso Community College, Pasadena City College, Western Oregon University, and Webster University.

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Correction (11/26/2012, 3:58 p.m.): The original version of this article incorrectly referred to Bellevue College as Oregon's largest community college. Bellevue is the largest community college in Washington State.