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Transitions: New President Selected at U. of the Pacific, Interim Leader Named for U. of West Georgia

Appointments, resignations, retirements, awards, deaths

November 26, 2019

Christopher Callahan will become president of U. of the Pacific.

Chief executives

Appointments

W. Ellis Arnold III, senior executive vice president, dean of advancement, and general counsel at Hendrix College, will become president on December 31. He will succeed William M. Tsutsui, who plans to retire in December.

Adrien L. Bennings, vice president for finance and administration at Clovis Community College, in New Mexico, has been named president of Kellogg Community College. She will succeed Mark O'Connell, who plans to retire at the end of December.

Linda Braddy, vice president for academic affairs at Tarrant County College, became president of Brookhaven College, in the Dallas County Community College District, on November 4. She succeeded Thom Chesney, who left to become president of Clarke University.

Christopher Callahan, founding dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and vice provost of the downtown Phoenix campus at Arizona State University, will become president of University of the Pacific on July 1. He will replace Maria Pallavicini, who has served as interim president since Pamela A. Eibeck retired in July.

Stephen D. Easton, a professor and former dean of the College of Law at the University of Wyoming, has been named interim president of Dickinson State University. He will replace Thomas Mitzel, who has been named president of Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Alexander Enyedi, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Humboldt State University, will become president of the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh on January 21. He succeeds John Ettling, who retired in June.

Stephanie Hammitt, interim president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, has been named to the post permanently. She has been in the interim role since July 2018, after the retirement of the previous president, Larry Anderson.

William J. Murabito, interim president of Niagara County Community College since 2017, has been named to the post permanently.

Steve Nunez, vice president for academics and student services at Sauk Valley Community College, will become president of Pennsylvania Highlands Community College on January 6. He will succeed Walter Asonevich, who stepped down in early November.

Stuart Rayfield

Stuart Rayfield, vice chancellor for leadership and institutional development at the University System of Georgia, has been named interim president of the University of West Georgia. She will replace Micheal Crafton, who plans to step down as interim president and provost at the end of the fall semester.

Carmen Simone, vice president and dean at the University of South Dakota Community College for Sioux Falls, will become president of Western Nebraska Community College on January 6. She will replace John Harms, who has served as interim president since June.

Cynthia E. Spiers, interim president of Rhodes State College since April, has been named to the post permanently.

Retirements

Michael V. Drake, president of Ohio State University since 2014, plans to retire next year.

William Griscom, president of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology since 1996, plans to retire on January 31.

Chief academic officers

Appointments

Carla Jackson Bell, dean of the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Sciences at Tuskegee University, will become interim provost and vice president for academic affairs on January 3.

Bradley Fuster, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Keuka College since July 2018, has been named to the post permanently.

Jan Love, dean of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, will become interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs on December 16.

Patricia Prelock, interim provost and senior vice president at the University of Vermont since April, has been named to the post permanently.

Resignations

Rick Miranda, provost and executive vice president at Colorado State University at Fort Collins, plans to step down and return to the mathematics faculty.

Other top administrators

Appointments

Tony Duckworth, director of athletics and chief athletics officer at Northeastern State University, will become athletics director/chief athletics administrator at Albany State University on January 2.

Michael Grzesiak, vice president for development and alumni engagement and chief of staff at Washington & Jefferson College, will become vice president for advancement at Oberlin College on January 1.

Melaine Kenyon

Melaine Kenyon, director of technology support services at Buffalo State College, will become vice president for information technology at Daemen College January 2.

Daryl Richard, vice president for corporate communications at UnitedHealthcare, in Connecticut, has been named vice president for marketing and communications at Quinnipiac University.

Deans

Appointments

James Soto Antony, who was director of the higher-education program and a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, became dean of the Graduate Division at the University of California at San Diego in September.

Gary Bayens, interim dean of the Washburn University Institute of Technology since July, has been named to the post permanently.

Stefanie Coleman, director of first-year experience at Prairie State College, has been named dean of students at Nevada State College.

Stuart Flack, a former interdisciplinary artist-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and former executive director of the Chicago Humanities Festival, will become dean of the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Chicago on December 2.

John M. Kauffman Jr., dean emeritus of the Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine at Campbell University, will become founding dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Duquesne University on January 1.

Maxine Kelly, director of finance and human resources at the Vermont Studio Center, has been named dean of finance and operations at Sterling College.

Anna McEwan, provost and dean at Huntingdon College, will become dean of the Orlean Beeson School of Education at Samford University on January 2.

Carolyn Smith, interim dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine since July, has been named to the post permanently.

Tara Williams, associate dean of the Honors College at Oregon State University, will become dean of the Honors College at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa on March 1.

Other administrators

Appointments

James Babanikos, a professor of telecommunication in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida, will become associate dean of undergraduate affairs on December 1.

Elliott Charles

Elliott Charles, associate director of compliance services at Clemson University, has been named director of intercollegiate athletics at Chicago State University.

Joanneke Elliott, interim library liaison for German studies, French collections, and African studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named African-studies and West-European-studies librarian at the university libraries.

Elizabeth Kennedy, dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology and interim dean of the College of Health Professions at the University of Akron, will become vice provost at Missouri Western State University in January.

Kristin Kirkpatrick, director of the Colorado regional office of the national nonprofit Big Green, has been named executive director of the Together We Grow Center for an Enhanced Workforce in Agriculture at Colorado State University system campus at the National Western Center in Denver.

Peter Mannon, a professor of microbiology and director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center and Gastroenterology/Hepatology Clinical Research Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been named chief of the division of gastroenterology/hepatology in the department of internal medicine and director of the Paustian Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Roslyn Mannon, a professor of medicine and surgery and section chief for transplant nephrology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been named associate chief for research in the division of nephrology and as vice chair of research mentoring and academic development for the department of internal medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Renita W. Marshall, director of the Institute for One Health One Medicine, chair of the department of agricultural sciences, and a professor of animal science at Southern University, has been named vice chancellor for academic and student services in the Agricultural Research and Extension Center and associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Family, and Consumer Sciences at the university.

Paul Monteiro, chief of staff at Howard University, has been named assistant vice president for external affairs.

Hiller A. Spires, a professor and senior research fellow at the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation in the College of Education at North Carolina State University, has been named executive director of the institute and associate dean of the college.

Catherine Todero, a professor and dean of the College of Nursing at Creighton University, has been named vice provost for health-sciences campuses. She will continue to serve as dean of the college.

Melody Werner

Melody Werner, Title IX coordinator at Eastern Michigan University, has been named director of the Office of Institutional Equity at Michigan State University.

Clint Woods, deputy assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has been named to a two-year term as director of strategic partnerships at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University.

Resignations

Paul Barreira, director of health services at Harvard University, stepped down on November 18.

Pamela Connelly, vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh, plans to step down and return to the practice of law as a shareholder in the Pittsburgh law firm of Strassburger, McKenna, Gutnick & Gefsky in January.

Faculty

Appointments

Elsa Reichmanis, a professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will join the faculty of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University on September 1, 2020.

Najeeba Syeed, an associate professor of interreligious education and director and founder of the Center for Global Peacebuilding at Claremont School of Theology, will become an associate professor in Muslim and interreligious studies at Chicago Theological Seminary on July 1.

Awards

Philip J. Cook, a professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, and Franklin Zimring, a professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley, have been awarded the 2020 Stockholm Prize in Criminology for their research on the societal effects of gun violence.

Susan Choi, a lecturer in English at Yale University, won the National Book Award in Fiction for Trust Exercise (Henry Holt and Company, 2019).

Arthur Sze, a professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts, won the National Book Award in Poetry for Sight Lines (Copper Canyon Press, 2019).

Organizations

Appointments

The Rev. Steve Katsouros, founding dean and executive director of Arrupe College at Loyola University Chicago, will step down in August 2020 and become president of the Come to Believe Network. In that role, he will help develop a nationwide network of postsecondary institutions based on the model of Arrupe, which grants associate degrees in the liberal arts, business, and social and behavioral sciences to students from diverse backgrounds and helps them transfer to four-year colleges.

Deaths

Charles Andrews, former chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, died on November 16. He was 94. Andrews led the university from 1983 until 1991. Before he became chancellor, he was a faculty member and vice president for health science at the West Virginia University Medical Center.

Wendell Bell, a professor emeritus and former chair of the department of sociology at Yale University, died on November 8. He was 85.

John Hugh Churchill, former interim president at Hendrix College, died on November 16. Churchill held many roles over 24 years at the college, including professor of philosophy, vice president for academic affairs, and dean of the college.

Sallie McFague, a professor emerita of theology and dean emerita of the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University, died on November 15. She was 86. McFague became the first woman to lead the Divinity School in 1975, and she was one of the first women to lead a divinity school in the country. Her work focused on feminist Christian theology and the intersection of theology and the environment. She published several books, including The Body of God: An Ecological Theology (Fortress Press, 1993). In 2000, she moved to Canada and became theologian in residence at the Vancouver School of Theology. In 2011, she accepted an invitation to participate in the Dalai Lama's conference on ecology.

Carl Benton Straub, a professor emeritus of religion and environmental studies at Bates College, died on November 15. He was 83. Straub arrived at Bates in 1965 and retired in 2005. In addition to his work as a professor, he served as dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs for 17 years.

John T. Tate, a professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin and Harvard University, died on October 16. He was 94. Tate won the 2010 Abel Prize, a mathematics award modeled after the Nobel Prize, and multiple mathematical concepts are named after him. He taught at Princeton and Columbia Universities in addition to Harvard and Texas, and he retired in 2009.


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