Category Archives: People

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Yale Dean Is Suspended in Connection With Offensive Yelp Reviews

Yale University on Thursday suspended one of its deans in connection with a series of classist and sometimes racially charged reviews on the website Yelp, the Associated Press reports.

June Chu, the suspended administrator, didn’t immediately return calls or comments to the Associated Press on Thursday. Ms. Chu, dean of Pierson College, fell under scrutiny after the Yale Daily News reported she had used the crowdsourcing website to take shots at restaurants and businesses around New Haven, Conn.

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Obama to Deliver First Speech as Ex-President at U. of Chicago

Barack Obama will give his first public speech since leaving office as president at the University of Chicago on Monday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Mr. Obama “and young leaders will hold a conversation on civic engagement and discuss community organizing” at the event, his office said.

About six people are expected to join him on the stage, ranging in age from high-school students to recent college graduates.

Hundreds of people from Chicago-area colleges were invited to attend. The talk will b…

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Baylor U.’s Pick as New President Will Be First Woman at Its Helm

Linda A. Livingstone, dean and professor of management at the George Washington University School of Business, will be the new president of Baylor University, it announced on Tuesday in a news release.

She will be the first woman to serve as president of the Texas institution, the world’s largest Baptist university, and will take office on June 1.

Ms. Livingstone’s appointment will serve as a clean slate for Baylor after an investigation last year revealed that the university had failed to take …

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry Attacks Texas A&M Election as ‘Stolen’

Rick Perry, the U.S. secretary of energy, took time out of his day job on Wednesday to assail the outcome of a recent student-government election at his alma mater, Texas A&M University at College Station.

Mr. Perry, who was the state’s Republican governor from 2000 to 2015, said that the election for student-government president, in which an openly gay candidate won for the first time, had been “stolen,” according to the Houston Chronicle. Mr. Perry, who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. president in…

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Watch These Children Steal an Academic’s Spotlight in BBC Interview

Working from home just got a bit tougher for one academic as he faced a new kind of higher-ed disruption.

Robert E. Kelly, an associate professor of international relations at Pusan National University, in South Korea, had to put in a little extra work while he was interviewed live on BBC World News.

This video of his interview shows a little girl wandering into the room as Mr. Kelly is speaking into the camera. After Mr. Kelly pushes her away, a baby in a walker wheels into the room as well. …

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Mike Pence Will Give Notre Dame’s Commencement Address

Vice President Mike Pence will be the University of Notre Dame’s commencement speaker in May 2017, the institution announced on Thursday.

Six U.S. presidents have given the commencement address at the Roman Catholic university while in office.

After President Trump was elected, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, said he would think twice about inviting Mr. Trump, given the divisiveness of the 2016 campaign.

When President Barack Obama spoke there in 2009, during his first term, st…

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Dean at Georgia Tech Will Be New Chancellor of UC-Davis

Gary May, dean of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Engineering, will be the next chancellor of the University of California at Davis, it announced on Tuesday.

The UC system’s Board of Regents will vote on Mr. May’s appointment on Thursday, and assuming its approval he will take office on August 1, the university said.

Until then Ralph Hexter will continue to serve as interim chancellor. Mr. Hexter took over when Linda P.B. Katehi resigned last summer following a three-month inves…

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Law Dean at Florida International U. Is Tapped for Labor Secretary

[Updated (2/17/2017, 10:27 a.m.) with a statement from the university.]

R. Alexander Acosta, dean of Florida International University’s College of Law, is President Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, the president announced on Thursday.

Mr. Acosta, a former U.S. attorney, will replace Mr. Trump’s former nominee, Andrew Puzder, who withdrew from the nomination after facing broad opposition from Republicans in the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Acosta has served as the university’s law dean since 2009. Before…

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Former UVa Dean Is Named Sweet Briar’s First Permanent President Since It Nearly Closed

Sweet Briar College on Monday announced the appointment of its first permanent president since the Virginia institution almost closed, in 2015.

According to a news release from Sweet Briar, Meredith Woo will take over as president after most recently working on a program in London that opened liberal-arts colleges in the former Soviet bloc. She previously served as dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia.

Her appointment ends a period of uncertain…

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UVa President, Who Prevailed Over Bid to Oust Her, Will Step Down

Teresa A. Sullivan, the University of Virginia president who made national news in 2012 by beating back the governing board’s attempt to oust her, will step down when a successor is found, she announced on Friday.

In a written statement, Ms. Sullivan did not provide a precise reason for her departure, except to say that the university was “strong and positioned for even greater strength,” and that her current contract expires in 2018.

In 2012, Ms. Sullivan’s sudden resignation shocked academe an…