Appointments, Resignations, Deaths (11/3/2017)

October 29, 2017

Wendy Wintersteen will be the next president of Iowa State University.


 Jerryl Briggs, who had been acting president of Mississippi Valley State University since June 15, was named president of the university in October. Previously, he was the university’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. He succeeds William B. Bynum Jr., who left to lead Jackson State University.

Peter C. Fackler, who was Clarion University of Pennsylvania’s interim vice president for finance and administration from 2012 to 2015, has been named interim president of the university. His most-recent position was as interim vice president for finance and administration at Misericordia University.

Thom Reilly, who was director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy and a professor at Arizona State University, became chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education in August. He took over from John V. White, who served as acting chancellor for a year. The previous chancellor, Daniel J. Klaich, resigned in 2016.

Ruth J. Simmons, interim president of Prairie View A&M University since July, was asked to take the job permanently, pending confirmation at the board’s next meeting. She was previously president of Smith College and then Brown University.

Joseph Urgo, provost at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, will serve as interim chancellor upon Mary K. Grant’s departure at the end of the year. Ms. Grant will lead the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, in Boston.

Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station at Iowa State University, will become the university’s president on November 20. Benjamin Allen has served as interim president since May, when Steven Leath stepped down to lead Auburn University.


Mukund S. Kulkarni, chancellor of Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg, plans to retire on June 30, 2018. He has worked at the university for more than 30 years, and has been its chancellor since 2010.

Chief academic officers


Tricia Johnson

Tricia Johnson, director of adult-education initiatives at the Colorado Department of Education, to vice president for academic affairs at the Community College of Aurora.

John W. Mills, program director of the nonprofit organization College for Every Student and a former president of Paul Smith’s College, to senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Mount Aloysius College.

Other top administrators


Demond T. Hargrove, associate vice president for student affairs at New Jersey City University, to vice president for student development at Union County College.

Paul Herring, chief advancement officer at Texas Tech University, to vice president for university advancement there.

Patrick Kramer, senior associate vice chancellor for finance, operations, and services for institutional advancement at the Texas Tech University system, to vice chancellor for institutional advancement at the university system and chief operating officer of the Texas Tech Foundation.



Terry L. Hunt, dean of the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon, to dean of the University of Arizona Honors College.

Caitlin Read, executive director of admissions and enrollment operations at Manhattan College, to dean of enrollment management at the State University of New York College at Purchase.

Melissa Trego, interim dean of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, to permanent dean.

Kenneth Williams, interim dean of the School of International Training’s Graduate Institute, to permanent dean.

Other administrators


Mead Allison, a professor of earth and environmental sciences at Tulane University, to chair of its new department of river-coastal science and engineering.

Tod Allen Farmer, head of the department of educational leadership and policy studies at Tarleton State University, to chief of staff.

Shafi Goldwasser, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing and a professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at the University of California at Berkeley, effective January 1.

John Johnson, senior associate director of athletics at Washington State University, to interim director of intercollegiate athletics.

Kevin Kirchoff, director of finance and administration at the Loan Syndications and Trading Association, to associate dean of finance and administration at the College of Global Public Health at New York University.

Maureen McNichols, professor of public and private management at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, to senior associate dean for academic affairs.

John C. Nardo

John C. Nardo, chair of the division of mathematics and computer science at Oglethorpe University, to associate provost.

Lynne M. Thomas, head of distinctive collections and curator of rare books and special collections at Northern Illinois University, to professor and head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Joni Wilson, director of landscape and grounds at the University of Mary Washington for 31 years, has retired.



Andrea M. Berlin, a professor of classical archaeology and director of Graduate Studies at Boston University, to visiting professor in Jewish material culture at Bard Graduate Center.

Theresa S. Betancourt, associate professor of child health and human rights and director of the Research Program on Children and Global Adversity at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, to professor in global practice in the School of Social Work at Boston College.

Matthew Erickson, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona this year, to assistant professor in the department of accounting and information systems at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business.

Ellen Gilliland, former geophysics research associate at the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, to assistant professor of mining and minerals engineering at Virginia Tech.

Michelle Harding, a certified public accountant, to assistant professor in the department of accounting and information systems at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business.


Don Butler, an associate professor of theater at Palm Beach Atlantic University, has retired.

James Craft, a professor of art at Palm Beach Atlantic University, has retired.

Joe J. Eassa Jr., a professor of graduate business studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University, has retired.

Ed Langlois, a professor of business at Palm Beach Atlantic University, has retired after 19 years of teaching.

Peggy VanArman, a professor of biology at Palm Beach Atlantic University for 28 years, has retired.


Alder Awards

 The Mathematics Association of America gave its Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member to the following two winners for 2017:

Mary Beisiegel, assistant professor of mathematics at Oregon State University

Steven Klee, assistant professor of mathematics at Seattle University

Counseling Award

Marie Vivas, a senior development manager at the International Baccalaureate Organization, has received the Peter Hauet Lifetime Achievement Award, given by the International Association for College Admission Counseling to recognize outstanding college-counseling services.

HBCU Awards

 The Thurgood Marshall College Fund presented two presidents with 2017 Historically Black Colleges and Universities Awards:

Makola Abdullah, president of Virginia State University, was named male president of the year.

Tashni-Ann Dubroy, who left Shaw University over the summer after two years as president, was named female president of the year. She is now executive vice president and chief operating officer at Howard University.

Math Awards

 The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has given its annual awards for outstanding scholars and professors of applied mathematics and computational science to 22 individuals, of whom the following nine are associated with American universities:

Richard Bertram, associate professor of mathematics at Florida State University, received the SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize

Liliana Borcea, professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, received the AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture Prize

Emmanuel Candès, professor of mathematics and statistics at Stanford University, received the Ralph E. Kleinman Prize

Zachary J. Grant, graduate assistant in computational mathematics at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, received the SIAM Student Paper Prize

Lek-Heng Lim, associate professor of computational mathematics and statistics at the University of Chicago, received the James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing

Shuyang Ling, assistant professor of mathematical sciences at the University of California at Davis, received the SIAM Student Paper Prize

Bernard J. Matkowsky, professor of engineering sciences and applied mathematics at Northwestern University, received the John von Neumann Lecture Prize

Theodore Vo, postdoctoral research associate in mathematics and statistics at Boston University, received the SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize

David S. Watkins, professor emeritus of mathematics at Washington State University, received the SIAM Outstanding Paper Prize

Research Award

Perry N. Halkitis, dean of Rutgers University’s School of Public Health, has been honored as 2017 Researcher of the Year by the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, Division 51 of the American Psychological Association.


William Gillham, 84, a professor emeritus of religious studies at Albion College, drowned in the Kalamazoo River on October 14. He retired in 2001 after 40 years teaching at the college.

Michael Pledge, 79, a former professor of economics at Western Illinois University, died on September 29. He retired in 2000 after 32 years in the economics department.

William Wallenmeyer, a physicist and former president of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, a consortium of institutions involved in operating the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, died on August 25. He was 91.

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