Dr. Devin Stephenson was appointed the fourth president of Northwest Florida State College in early November. He currently serves as the president of Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Dr. Stephenson will assume his new duties as NWF State College president in early 2017. He will replace interim president Dr. Sasha Jarrell.
Dr. Erma Vizenor was chosen as Leech Lake Tribal College’s new president. She replaces interim president Dr. Ginny Carney. Dr. Vizenor is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation and for the last 12 years was the White Earth tribal chair.
North Carolina Central University Chancellor Dr. Debra Saunders-White died Saturday, November 26. Dr. Saunders-White was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and was on a medical leave of absence since August 2016. Provost Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye has been named acting chancellor.
Dr. Vincent Price, provost at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named president of Duke University. Dr. Price will assume his new duties as president in July 2017. He will replace Duke’s current president Richard Brodhead who steps down at the end of the current fiscal year.
Richard Myers, interim president of Kansas State University, was appointed the 14th president last month. He has been serving as interim president since April 2016. Mr. Myers is a retired four-star U.S. Air Force general and a K-state alumnus.
Dr. Martha E. Pollack was named Cornell’s 14th president this month. She will assume her new position effective April 7, 2017. Currently Dr. Pollack is provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan. She will replace former president Elizabeth Garrett who died in March 2016 and the current interim president Hunter R. Rawlings III.
Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman was appointed as Yeshiva University’s fifth president. He starts his new position effective July 2017. Currently Rabbi Berman is the head of Hechal Shlomo – Jewish Heritage Center in Jerusalem. Previously he served as rabbi of The Jewish Center in New York City.
Fort Hays State University President Mirta Martin resigned suddenly last week. The resignation was effective immediately. Dr. Martin cited personal reasons for her abrupt departure. FHSU vice president for admin & finance Mike Barnett will serve as acting president until an interim is appointed.
Indiana Tech is closing its law school effective June 30, 2017. This is due to a significant decline in law school applicants. The law school is currently operating at a nearly $20 million loss. Students in their final year will be able to complete the year with Indiana Tech law school and graduate in May 2017.
Dr. Richard Senese was appointed permanent president of Capella University in early November. He has served as interim president for the last ten months and is also VP of academic affairs and CAO at Capella. Dr. Senese will continue in his role as VPAA and CAO.
Stanford’s Dean of the School of Engineering, Dr. Persis Drell, has been chosen as Stanford’s new provost. Dr. Drell is Stanford’s first woman dean of engineering and will be its second-ever female provost. Her new position is effective February 1, 2017, replacing current provost Dr. John Etchemendy.
Dr. Devin Stephenson has been selected as Northwest State College’s next president. He is currently president of Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Kentucky. Dr. Stephenson will replace Dr. Sasha Jarrell who is serving as interim president since January 2016.
When South Texas College of Law changed its name to Houston College of Law in June, the University of Houston quickly sued the college over trademark infringement. To resolve the dispute promptly, the college changed its name again to South Texas College of Law Houston. There has been no comment from UH regarding this name change.
Southern Crescent Technical College appointed Dr. Alvetta Thomas as its new president. She is currently the president of Atlanta Technical College and starts her new position at SCTC on December 1, 2016. Dr. Thomas will replace Dr. Randall Peters upon his retirement
Southern Crescent Technical College President Dr. Randall Peters retires effective January 1, 2017. His last day as president of SCTC will be November 30th. Dr. Peters will have led SCTC for six years when he steps down.
Dr. Devin Stephenson has been selected as Northwest Florida State College’s new president. Dr. Stephenson is currently president of Big Sandy Community & Tech College in Kentucky. He will succeed Dr. Ty Handy who left NWS last December to become president at Jefferson Community & Tech College. Dr. Stephenson will assume his new duties in early 2017.
Dr. Kevin Foster is the new interim dean for the Colin Powell School for Civic & Global Leadership at City College of New York. He replaces Dr. Vincent Boudreau who has been appointed interim president. Dr. Foster is also an associate professor of the College since 1998. His appointment is effective today, November 7, 2016.
The City College of New York appointed Dr. Vincent G. Boudreau Interim President after former president Ms. Coico resigned. His appointment was effective November 2, 2016. Dr. Boudreau previously served as Dean of the Colin Powell School for Civic & Global Leadership.
Judith Huntington, president of The College of New Rochelle, resigned on October 29, 2016. Her resignation took place after the Board of Trustees became aware of significant unmet financial obligations that accrued over a period of time. The BOT appointed Provost and Senior Vice President Dr. Dorothy Escribano as Interim President and Vice President of Enrollment Management Kevin Cavanagh as Executive Vice President of Strategy and Planning.
Dr. Carolyn Meyers, president of Jackson State University, resigned effective November 1st. Dr. Meyers did not explain why she retired so suddenly. There has been some criticism about employee resignations or terminations and concern about the cash reserves at the university. An interim president will be named very soon.
Several Medtech Colleges in the Washington DC area are cut off from federal student financial aid. These colleges are located in D.C.; Falls Church, VA; and Silver Spring, MD. Federal officials said that the Medtech campuses misrepresented job placement rates.
Dr. Willie Larkin resigned as Grambling State U’s president effective June 30. He took office less than a year ago, amidst many difficulties including loss of accreditation for its nursing program. The University of Louisiana System appointed Mr. Leon Sanders as acting president. Mr. Sanders is vice president of finance and administration at GSU.
Dr. Joseph F. Johnson has been named acting president of Virginia Union University. He replaces Dr. Claude G. Perkins who began a one-year sabbatical effective July 1. Dr. Johnson is currently president and lead consultant of TFG: The Flanner Group. He has previously served as senior vice president of VUU.
As of Friday June 10 2016 Brown Mackie College, operated by Education Management Corporation, has stopped enrollment at all but 4 of its 26 locations. Although enrollment will no longer take place at these 22 locations, the schools will not close immediately. Teach-out programs have begun to assist already enrolled students complete their studies.
City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman announced she will step down next year. She was offered a second three-year contract and decided to stay for only one more year. Ms. Hyman stated she wants to be “more involved in a national focus”.
Shimer College and North Central College have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to discuss the future acquisition of Shimer College by North Central. The plan is for North Central to create a “Shimer Great Books School” by the start of the fall 2017 term. Shimer’s faculty and students would then become North Central faculty and students.
Central Washington University has appointed Sharon O’Hare vice president of enrollment management. Ms. O’Hare is the former AVP for enrollment management and student success at the University of Montana. She will start in her new position on July 1, 2016.
Steven Knapp, president of George Washington University since 2007, has announced he will step down at the end of the 2017 academic year. Dr. Knapp will continue to be very active in his last year as the Board of Trustees start a search for a new president.
Dowling College has not closed its doors as planned last week. The school is in negotiations with Global University Systems (GUS) to establish an academic partnership to allow Dowling to stay open. GUS is an international network of higher-education institutions based in the Netherlands.
Jennifer Spielvogel, president of Lake Michigan College, was fired in early May. She was suspended with pay in April pending a hearing before the board of trustees. The college stated allegations of unauthorized spending and improper conduct. The board is seeking reimbursement of $20,000+ from Ms. Spielvogel.
St. Catharine College in Kentucky will close at the end of July. The $5 million deficit and decreasing enrollment are the main reasons for the closure. Teach-out agreements are being established with other institutions. Also St. Catharine College Berry Farming Program is looking for a new host university or college in Kentucky to continue the program.
Dr. Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), will step down next year in June 2017. She became SUNY’s chancellor in 2009 and is the first woman to hold that position. Dr. Zimpher has no plans to retire and will continue her work in the education field.
Dowling College in Long Island, N.Y. will close its doors tomorrow, June 3. The school has been plagued with decreasing enrollment and financial problems. Dowling has filed a “teach-out” plan to help students continue their education through the assistance of other colleges.
Baylor chancellor Kenneth Starr announced his resignation effective June 1. He was demoted as president last week in the aftermath of Baylor’s handling of sexual assault cases involving football players and resigned yesterday as chancellor. The athletic director also stepped down and the head football coach was fired.
University of Akron president, Scott Scarborough resigned on May 31. Scarborough had been president for only two years and had lost the trust of faculty, employees and students. UA has named Rex Ramsier as interim president. Currently Ramsier is interim senior vice president and provost.
Daniel Hamberger, DeVry Education Group’s CEO, stepped down at the end of May, four months after the FTC filed suit against DeVry. Hamberger was paid $5.3 million last year. Lisa Wardell, a DeVry board member, has replaced Hamberger.
Baylor University athletic director Ian McCaw resigned May 30. He served more than 12 years in that position. A replacement for McCaw has not been named as of that date.
Loyola University Chicago elected Dr. Jo Ann Rooney as its 24th president. Dr. Rooney will be the first lay president in Loyola’s 146-year history. She will start her new job on August 1, replacing Dr. John P. Pelissero who is currently the interim president. Dr. Pelissero will return to his position of provost once Dr. Rooney takes office.
Dr. Michael A. Scaperlanda has been appointed president of St. Gregory’s University effective May 16. He replaces Fr. Charles Buckley, O.S.B., who was serving as acting president. Dr. Scaperlanda was previously a member of the Board of Directors, Vice Chair of the Board, and assisted President Emeritus D. Gregory Main in creating St. Gregory’s current strategic plan.
Dr. Raymond M. Burse, president of Kentucky State University, resigned Monday. Dr. Burse was originally hired as interim president to help KSU through financial difficulties. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin praised Burse and stated that “he is leaving things better than how he found them.” Dr. Candice Jackson, currently KSU’s interim VP for academic affairs, will be acting president until an interim is chosen.
Kentucky Community and Technical College System announced layoffs of 45 faculty and 125 staff two days ago. A total of 191 faculty positions and 315 staff positions were cut from the 16 KCTCS campuses due to declining enrollments and state funding decreases. The college system is also raising tuition costs by 6.1 percent next year.
Dr. William Ruud, president of the University of Northern Iowa, will step down at the end of June. He has accepted the position of president at Marietta College in Ohio. Dr. Ruud will start his new job on July 3, succeeding Dr. Joseph Bruno. whose tenure ends this May.
Dr. Susan Traverso will be the next president of Thiel College and its first female president. Currently she serves as provost & senior vice president at Elizabethtown College. Dr. Traverso will take office at Thiel in August, replacing Dr. Troy D. VanAken who will become president of Elmhurst College.
Last week Midway University trustees approved the transition from evening and graduate programs for men to include daytime undergraduate programs. Initially the transition opens the daytime undergrad program to men starting this fall. In the spring of 2017 applications for male students in residence halls will be accepted.
Burlington College President Carol A. Moore announced today that the college would close on May 27, 2016. Burlington College has been under great financial strain and the New England Association Of Schools and Colleges will probably not renew its accreditation. The college’s board of trustees made the final decision to close the college.
Andover Newton Theological School and Yale Divinity School signed a letter of intent earlier this month. The two schools are exploring a two-phased affiliation over the next 2 years. This partnership would allow Andover Newton Theological , the oldest graduate institution of theological education, to continue its mission of educating ministers.
Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick has been appointed permanent chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College Distrct. She previously served as interim chancellor since February 2016. Dr. Paul Dale has been named interim executive vice president and provost by the Maricopa governing board, replacing Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick.
Rhodes College president William E. Troutt will retire in June 2017. Dr. Troutt has been president of Rhodes for 18 years. As of June 2017 he will have held the role of college president for 35 years overall.
Lake Michigan College president Jennifer Spielvogel was fired last week. Dr. Spielvogel was appointed LMC president only four months ago. Previously she served as a vice president at Cuyahoga CC. Her suspension and subsequent firing are due to alleged unapproved expenditures and policy violations.
Chancellor Dan Klaich resigned from the Nevada System of Higher Education this week. He has been chancellor of NSHE since 2009 and was involved with Nevada Higher Ed for over 30 years. The NSHE board allowed Klaich to retire early and receive full pay and benefits until June 2017.
Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College have selected Dr. Faith Hensrud as their next president. Dr. Hensrud is currently provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She will take over for current president Dr. Richard Hanson when he retires this summer.
South Dakota State University has chosen Dr. Barry Dunn as its new president. Dr. Dunn is currently dean of Agriculture/Biological Sciences at SDSU. He will replace retiring president David Chicoine this summer.
Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University, announced he will step down on June 30, 2017 at the end of his term. Brodhead has led the school for the past 12 years. He will take a one year sabbatical and return to teaching and writing-he is also the William Preston Few Professor of English at Duke.
Dr. Debra Thatcher has been chosen as Umpqua Community College’s next president. Currently Dr. Thatcher is a research fellow at SUNY-Cobleskill and prior to that she served 2 years as president there. Dr. Thatcher will start in her new position at UCC in July 2016.
As of April 30th, Chicago State University has laid off more than 1/3 of its employees, reducing administrative personnel by almost 50%. The faculty was not affected for now but may experience cuts later on. These cuts come after the school went almost the entire year without state funds due to disagreements on approving the state budget.
Gale Gibson, president, and Rashidah Hasan, legal counsel, were fired from Essex County College this past Wednesday. Both administrators say that the dismissals are due to their attempts to bring to light financial irregularities by certain employees. Ms. Gibson’s lawyer stated that” she has been relieved from her employment by persons with a political agenda.”
Albert Gray, president of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) resigned this week. His resignation comes after a request by 13 state attorneys general that ACICS’ recognition not be renewed by the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (Naciqi). ACICS has named its former vice president for external affairs, Anthony S. Bieda, as executive in charge until a new president is chosen.
The president of Essex County College, Gale Gibson, and the college’s general counsel, Rashidah Hasan were suspended in late March. Details of the suspensions were not provided to the general public or to the students. The college’s executive committee appointed Dr. A. Zachary Yamba, president emeritus, acting president until June 30, 2016.
The president of Mesa Community College (MCC), Dr. Shouan Pan, is leaving this summer to become chancellor of Seattle Colleges. He will replace Chancellor Jill Wakefield when she retires in June. Dr. Pan has been president of the two MCC campuses since 2008.
Vassar College President Catharine Hill has announced her resignation effective June 30, 2017. At that time Dr. Hill will have served 11 years as Vassar’s leader. The long lead time for her departure will allow enough time to search for a new president.
All five campuses of Wright Career College have closed effective 4/15/2016. Missouri Group Kansas, Inc. (DBA Wright Career College) also filed a Voluntary Petition for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. The Sader Law Firm in Kansas City, MO is representing Mission Group Kansas, Inc.
Dr. Claude Steele, executive vice chancellor and provost (EVCP) at UC Berkeley, announced he is leaving the university in order to spend more time with his wife who is dealing with health challenges. Dr. Steele has been with Berkeley for two years and will return next year in UC Berkeley’s Department of Psychology. The university will announce the interim EVCP very soon.
Dr. Hunter R. Rawlings III will be stepping in as interim president at Cornell University effective April 25, 2016. This comes at a good time for Rawlings as he is stepping down from the presidency of the Association of American Universities in May 2016. He will replace Provost Michael Kotlikoff who temporarily stepped in as interim president when President Elizabeth Garrett underwent surgery and sequentially died in March 2016.
Dr. Madjid Niroumand has been chosen as the next vice president of student services at Orange Coast College (OCC). He was serving as dean of enrollment services at OCC prior to this appointment. Dr. Niroumand takes over from Dr. Kristin Clark who left OCC to be the president of West Hills College.
The Hon. Mark Kennedy is chosen by North Dakota’s State Board of Higher Education as president of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Kennedy is currently director of the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University. He will assume his new duties July 1, 2016.
American International College (AIC) has named Dr. Raj Parikh its next executive vice president for Academic Affairs. He replaces interim chief academic officer Dr. Susanne Swanker. Dr. Parikh has more than 30 years of academic experience and five years in finance.
Dr. Yves Salomon-Fernandez will be the next president of Cumberland County College. She currently serves as interim president at Massachusetts Bay CC. Dr. Salomon-Fernandez will replace former president Thomas Isekenegbe who became the new president at Bronx Community College. She will begin her new duties on July 1.
Maine Community College System, (MCCS), hired Derek Langhauser as its permanent president. He replaced President John Fitzsimmon who resigned in January 2014. Prior to being interim president, Mr. Fitzsimmon served as the MCCS lawyer for 20 years.
Colby-Sawyer College has named Dr. Susan D. Stuebner as its next president. She will replace the current president Thomas C. Galligan, Jr. on July 1. Currently Dr. Stuebner is the executive vice president and COO at Allegheny College in PA.
Dr. Frederick Steiner, dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, is leaving UTA on July 1. He will be taking a position as dean of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Steiner stated that two of several factors that influenced his decision to leave UTA were a steady decrease in funding for public universities and the campus carry law that will take effect August 1.
The Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music have agreed to merge following approval from each institution’s board of trustees. The regulatory and accreditation review and approval process is expected to be completed by early summer 2016. The combined institution will be known as “Berklee” and the Conservatory will be called “The Boston Conservatory at Berklee.”
Elizabeth Garrett, president of Cornell University, died Sunday from colon cancer at the age of 52. She became Cornell’s 13th president on July 1, 2015. Dr. Michael I. Kotlikoff, current provost, has been named acting president.
President David W. Oxtoby announced in a letter to Pomona College this week that he would step down as president in June 2017. He did not mention future plans other than “leading this amazing institution in the months ahead.” Pomona College has no plans as yet to select a new president.
Mattia College in Miami, FL is closed as of last weekend. A message was posted on the college’s front door saying it “has been under restrictive cash management by the U.S. Department of Education” and that it can no longer operate “due to financial constraints”, CBS Miami reports.
Dr. Simon Newman, president of Mount St. Mary’s University, has resigned. His resignation came after the firing of two professors which caused more than 8,000 scholars nationwide to digitally sign a document asking for the reinstatement of the professors. Dr. Karl Einolf, currently dean of the Richard J. Bolte, Sr., School of Business at Mount St. Mary’s, has been chosen as acting president.
Dr. Donald Loppnow has been selected interim president of Eastern Michigan University. He replaces Dr. Kim Schatzel who left EMU to be president of Towson University. Dr. Loppnow became interim president effective January 8, 2016.
Dr. Kim Schatzel has been appointed president of Towson University. She is currently provost and interim president of Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Schatzel will replace Timothy J.L. Chandler who has been interim president of Towson since last December. Dr. Schatzel will begin her new job on January 25, 2016.
Briarcliffe College will close its Bethpage campus in April 2018 and its Patchogue campus and online program in December 2018. According to Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1NHG4XX ), the notice was announced in school emails and filed with the state Labor Department. Also Briarcliffe will lay off all 294 employees by end of December 2018. The owner of Briarcliffe, Career Education Corp. tried unsuccessfully to sell the school.
Dr. Melanie Corn, provost of California College of the Arts, has been appointed president of Columbus College of Art & Design. She will be CCAD’s first woman president and begins her new position on March 21, 2016. Dr. Corn succeeds interim president Kevin Conlon, who is also provost of CCAD.
Dr. Curtis B. Charles, president of Tiffin University, has resigned effective January 1, 2016. Dr. Charles did not agree with the Board’s strategic vision for the university. Tiffin’s Board of Trustees has named Dr. Lillian Schumacher to be interim president effective January 11, 2016. Dr. Schumacher was most recently Tiffin’s vice president of academic affairs.
Mount Holyoke President Lynn Pasquerella has announced that she will step down effective June 30, 2016. Dr. Pasquerella is leaving Mount Holyoke to become president of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). Mount Holyoke vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, Dr. Sonya Stephens, will be the acting president effective July 1, 2016.
John Morgan, Chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, has announced his resignation effective January 31, 2016. This announcement was made in a letter addressed to Governor Haslam and Board of Regents Vice Chair Emily Reynolds. Chancellor Morgan did not agree with the Governor’s proposal to create independent boards for six state universities governed by the Board of Regents.
President Duane Nellis is resigning from Texas Tech University. His last day at Texas Tech will be January 22, 2016. The Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, Robert L. Duncan, will meet with the Texas Tech University System Board in the near future to discuss choosing an interim president.
The University System of Georgia (USG) approved a proposal from Chancellor Hank Huckaby to consolidate Albany State University and Darton State College. This action is the fourth round of consolidation within USG. The consolidated institution will be named Albany State University and Dr. Art Dunning has been selected as the permanent president of the new school.
Chancellor Hank Huckaby, of the University System of Georgia, named Dr. Richard Carvajal interim president of Darton State College. Dr. Carvajal is currently president of Bainbridge State College and will assume his new position effective December 16, 2015. He will be replacing Dr. Paul Jones who will be the next president of Fort Valley State University.
Dr. Paul Jones Has been named president of Fort Valley State University (FVSU) by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG). He currently serves as interim president at Darton State College. Dr. Jones will assume his new position at FVSU effective December 15, replacing interim president Dr. Jessica Bailey.
The California Community Colleges Board of Governors voted in November to oust the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC-ACCJC).The WASC-ACCJC is threatening to shut down City College of San Francisco (CCSF) and the Board of Governors have directed state Chancellor Brice Harris to create plan to replace the WASC-ACCJC. This directive could take years to implement and the accrediting commission will continue to require CCSF to comply with many standards or risk losing their accreditation.
The University of Montana president, Dr. Royce Engstrom, held a special forum to discuss the university’s budget and future faculty/non-faculty layoffs. Dr. Engstrom explained that the budget cuts are mainly due to enrollment decline. This budget reduction will be achieved in part by laying off 52 full-time faculty and 149 full-time non-faculty.
Dr. Ryan McCall has been chosen as the next president of Marion Technical College (MTC). He is currently the vice president of academic affairs for Southern State Community College since 2007. Dr. McCall will replace interim president Dr. John Erwin on January 1, 2016.
Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix has been chosen as the 16th president of Shepherd University. Dr. Hendrix is a 1974 alumna of Shepherd and also a native of Shepherdstown. She currently serves as president and chief scientific officer of the Children’s Hospital of Chicago’s Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She will assume her new position in late February 2016.
President Glenn McConnell has appointed Dr. Brian McGee as the new provost at the College of Charleston. Dr. McGee has served as interim provost at the college since August 2014. The college’s faculty are unhappy with the decision-making process used to choose McGee as permanent provost.
Rutgers University has fired football coach Kyle Flood and athletic director Julie Hermann. The team’s record this season was 4-8 and coach Flood had been suspended for three games. President Barchi wanted to start fresh in order to move Rutgers forward so the AD was also let go. Barchi has chosen Patrick Hobbs, dean emeritus of the Seton Hall University School of Law to replace Julie Hermann on a permanent basis.
The Board of Regents of Albany State University has made Dr. Arthur Dunning the permanent president of Albany State. Dunning has been serving as Albany State’s interim president since November 2013. Dr. Dunning’s status as permanent president is effective immediately.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Board of Trustees withdrew accreditation from the American Indian College of the Assemblies of God (AICAG) effective December 20, 2015. This action by the HLC is due to the American Indian College not addressing being place on probation in November 2013 and not having sufficient financial resources to support the college now and in the future. AICAG has the right to appeal the action to withdraw accreditation no later than November 30, 2015.
The Board of Trustees of The College of Wooster has chosen Sarah Bolton as its next president. Dr. Bolton is currently the dean of the college and professor of physics at Williams College in Massachusetts. She will assume her duties as president at Wooster on July 1, 2016.
Colorado-based Westwood College is no longer accepting new students. Westwood which is a for-profit college with14 locations across the U.S. serving 4,000 students. One of the campuses, at Anaheim, will continue to offer classes to its 380 students for an indeterminate period. According to college officials, students’ coursework will probably not be transferable.
Wilberforce University in Ohio has been notified that a “Show-Cause Order” was rescinded by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) this month. This means that the school is now fully operating under best practices that are consistent with all other institutions accredited by the HLC. Along with hiring a new president, Dr. Algeania W. Freeman, the university enrolled about 500 students this fall, which is a 48% increase.
College President Joseph Bruno announced that he will step down as Marietta’s president when his term of service ends in May 2016. Bruno has been president at Marietta since 2012 and has served in faculty and administrative roles at Wesleyan University for 18 years. He has expressed a desire to pursue new professional challenges in the future.
The University System of Georgia named Dr. Paul Jones president of Fort Valley State University (FVSU) this month. Dr. Jones is currently serving as interim president at Dalton State College since October 2013. He will start in his new position as president on December 15, 2015.
Dr. Steve Kinsella, president of Gavilan College, has announced his retirement plans. He will step down at the end of June 2016 after 14 years as president. The college is currently working on hiring his replacement.
Dr. Michael Rooke has been selected as Northwestern Connecticut Community College’s next president. Dr. Rooke is currently dean of academic affairs at Tunxis Community College since 2009. He will replace Dr. Barbara Douglass who retired effective Oct. 1.
University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign fired its athletic director Mike Thomas on Monday in the aftermath of an investigation into player mistreatment. Although the findings of the investigation showed no misconduct by Thomas, the school felt that letting him go was necessary. Thomas stated that he understood the administration’s decision to let him go.
Mary Spellman, dean of students at Claremont McKenna College, resigned yesterday amid racial tensions. She sent an email to a Latina student which sparked a campus protest and hunger strikes by two students. Spellman’s remarks seemed to be a trigger for students who want greater diversity and more funding of multicultural services on campus.
Mike Middleton has been appointed interim president of the University of Missouri System, replacing former president Tim Wolfe who resigned on November 9th. Middleton has a law degree from the MU Law School and was previously deputy chancellor for 17 years at MU before retiring on August 31 of this year. Middleton still serves part time at MU as deputy chancellor emeritus. He will take over his new responsibilities as interim president of the UM System immediately.
Chuck Henson, the associate dean for academic affairs and trial practice in the MU School of Law, has been appointed Interim Vice Chancellor for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity. This appointment is effective immediately. Mr. Henson’s academic scholarship focuses on Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. His role as Vice Chancellor will be to continue making MU an inclusive and welcoming community for all members of the university.
R. Bowen Loftin, chancellor of the University of Missouri – Columbia, will step down at the end of this year. He will become director for research facility development effective January 1, 2016. Loftin has been criticized for his lack of leadership and has received a vote of no confidence from the English department along with a request for dismissal from nine university deans.
Lorain County Community College President Dr. Roy Church is stepping down from office on June 30, 2016. Dr. Church has been president of LCCC since March 1987 and is the longest serving LCCC president. He has not stated any specific plans for his retirement.
Mr. Tim M. Wolfe, president of the University of Missouri System, resigned today. His resignation comes after a wave of student and faculty protests about racial tensions at the school. One graduate student, Jonathan Butler, went on a hunger strike until Mr. Wolfe resigned. Also, the UMS football team refused to play their Saturday night game if Mr. Wolfe did not resign. Forfeiting this game next weekend would have cost the university $1 million in lost revenue.
Dr. T.J. Arant has been named senior vice president for Academic/Student Affairs and Provost at Georgia Gwinnett College. Currently Dr. Arant is serving as interim dean of academic affairs at York College of Pennsylvania. He will begin his new duties as VP and provost effective July 1, 2016.
Wittenberg University President Dr. Laurie Joyner will step down this Friday, November 6th. Her resignation comes shortly after Wittenberg announced budget cuts of at least $6.5 million. The Board has not yet released plans for hiring a new president.
Dr. Stanley Sidor has been appointed Lake-Sumter State College’s 6th president. Currently Dr. Sidor is the president and CEO of Piedmont Community College in North Carolina. He will take office at Lake-Sumter on January 1, 2016, replacing retiring president Dr. Charles Mojock who has been in office for over 13 years.
Dr. Andrew P. Manion has been named the 16th president of Marian University. He will succeed current interim president Robert A. Fale effective March 30, 2016. Dr. Manion is currently executive vice president at Aurora University and has served in vaious roles there for the last 17 years.
Dade Medical College announced late last week that that it has closed its six Dade Medical College campuses and the two affiliated University of Southernmost Florida campuses. Following a U.S. Department of Education audit of Dade Medical Colleges in September, federal regulators slowed down the distribution of financial aid which may have contributed to the college’s closure.
Richland Community College President Dr. Gayle Saunders will retire next spring. Dr. Saunders has been Richland’s president for the last 15 years. She has expressed that she and her husband want to spend more time with family.
Dr. Ralph Reavis, president of Virginia University of Lynchburg, has resigned effective in October. Dr. Reavis is retiring for personal reasons stating “because it’s time”. VUL’s provost and EVP Dr. Kathy Franklin has been named interim president effective immediately.
The Kansas Board of Regents named Allison Garrett the 17th president of Emporia State University. Allison is currently executive vice president at Abilene Christian University. She will assume her new duties as president of Emporia in January 2016.
Rider University is eliminating 12 undergraduate academic programs and 1 graduate program. They are also laying off 14 full-time faculty members. These measures will reportedly save the university almost $2 million annually which will help alleviate their $7.6 million budget deficit.
Marshall State University has named Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert the 37th president. Gilbert is currently provost at Mississippi State University and will start his new presidential duties in January 2016. Dr. Gilbert will replace interim president Gary White.
The University of Rochester has named Holly Crawford senior vice president for administration, CFO and Treasurer. Ms. Crawford is currently UR’s senior associate vice president for budgets and planning and will begin her new duties effective January 15, 2016. She will replace Ronald Paprocki who plans to retire in January 2016 after more than 45 years at the university.
The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas System voted unanimously to accept Dr. Joseph E. Steinmetz as the next chancellor of the University of Arkansas Main Campus. Currently Dr. Steinmetz is executive vice president and provost at Ohio State University and will begin in his new position at UA on January 1, 2016. He will replace Dr. Daniel Ferritor who is currently the interim chancellor.
Wellesley College has received a $50 million donation from two alumnae this week. It comes just as the school is kicking off its $500 million fund-raising campaign. Wellesley has already raised $335 million towards the campaign, including the $50 million gift.
The University of North Carolina has appointed Margaret Spellings as its next president. Spellings is currently president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and was formerly U. S. Secretary of Education. She will take office on March 1, 2016, replacing President Thomas Ross who steps down in January.
Dodge City Community College has appointed Dr. Harold E. Nolte, Jr. as president effective October 1, 2015. He previously served as interim president at Dodge City since July. Dr. Nolte replaces retired former president Dr. Don Woodburn.
Dr. Dolores Duran-Cerda has been appointed acting provost at Pima Community College. She replaces former provost Dr. Erica Holmes who recently resigned for “personal reasons”. Dr. Duran-Cerda previously served as Pima’s assistant vice chancellor for faculty affairs.
Linda Bonnin has been named vice president of strategic communications at the University of Alabama. Ms. Bonnin is currently vice president of strategic communications at Louisiana State University. This is a newly created cabinet-level position and Bonnin will begin in her new position on November 2, 2015.
Gallaudet University Board of Trustees has named Roberta Cordano as its next president. Currently Ms. Cordano is vice president of programs for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul, MN. Cordano will replace Gallaudet’s current president, Dr. T. Alan Hurwitz, who is retiring at the end of this year.
University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbit is recommending Dr. Karla Hughes as chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM). If approved by the UAS board, Hughes will start on January 15, 2016. Currently, Dr. Hughes serves as the executive vice president and provost of the University of Louisiana System.
Dr. Greg Weisenstein, president of West Chester University of PA, has announced his retirement. His last day will be March 31, 2016. An interim president will be chosen prior to Weisenstein’s departure. Dr. Weisenstein has served as president of WCUPA since 2009.
Union College has named Michael McPherson as vice president of advancement effective October 1, 2015. McPherson was previously director of development at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN.
Dr. Mark Foley, president of the University of Mobile, has announced his retirement. Dr. Foley has been president for 17 years, since 1998. He will continue as president until July 2016 or until his replacement is in place. During Foley’s presidency, the university gained recognition in national rankings in U.S. News & World Report, America’s Best Christian Colleges, The 50 Best Christian Colleges in the U.S. and more.
Dr. Thomas C. Calhoun, Jr. has been named president of Chicago State University. Currently he is serving as vice president of enrollment management at the University of North Alabama. Dr. Calhoun will begin his new duties as president of CSU January 1, 2016.
Thomas J. Snyder, president of Ivy Tech Community College, has announce his retirement. He will be stepping down in 2016, which is sooner than his last extension which would go into 2017.Snyder has served as president of Ivy Tech CC since 2007. President Obama announced that President Snyder has been named to the national College Promise Advisory Board.
Hope International U (HIU) and Nebraska Christian College (NC) have both voted unanimously to merge into one institution next year. This merger is pending approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. HIU president, Dr. John L. Derry, will become president of the merged institution which will keep the name Nebraska Christian College.
The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has renamed Georgia Regents University as Augusta University effective September 15, 2015. The official name change will take place in several months after implementation of the transition plan.
Fisk University President H. James Williams has announced his resignation effective September 21, 2015. Williams served less than three years as president and was responsible for leading Fisk in regaining its regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Frank L. Sims, a Fisk board member, has been named as interim president.
Dr. Tashni Dubroy has been appointed president of Shaw University. Currently Dr. Dubroy is special assistant to the president for process optimization at Shaw and will assume her new duties effective August 1st.
Evelyn Maria Thompson has been named president of Coppin State University. Currently Dr. Thompson is the provost at SUNY Oneonta. She will replace the interim president, Mortimer Neufville, on July 1st. Dr. Thompson will be the first woman to hold the office of president at Coppin State.
Dr. Ali Malekzadeh has been named president of Roosevelt University. He currently serves as Business Dean at Kansas State University. Dr. Malekzadeh will replace President Charles Middleton who retires from Roosevelt at the end of June.
Dr. Richard Nelson will be Nicolet College’s next president. Currently Dr. Nelson serves as provost at Paul Smith’s College and will begin his duties at Nicolet College on July 1. He will replace Kenneth Urban who has been serving as interim president since June 2014.
Dr. Susan Martin, president of Eastern Michigan University, has announced her resignation. She has been president for seven years and will take a one year sabbatical before returning to EMU as a professor in the College of Business. Dr. Martin will step down on July 7.
Dr. Bill Pink has been appointed vice president and dean for workforce development at Grand Rapids Community College. He is currently serving as vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. Dr. Pink will replace Ms. Fiona Hert effective March 23, 2015, when Ms. Hert retires.
The College of DuPage Board of Trustees approved a buyout package of more than $750,000 for President Robert Breuder if he agreed to retire in 2016 instead of when his contract ends in 2019. Dr. Breuder has been president since 2009 and plans to retire on March 31, 2016.
Douglas N. Searcy has been named the 12th president of Barton College. Currently Mr. Searcy is serving as vice president for student affairs at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. Searcy will be replacing Dr. Norval Kneten who is retiring as president of Barton College effective July 1, 2015.
Frederick M. Lawrence is stepping down as president of Brandeis University. He has been president since 2011 and will leave at the end of the academic year. He plans to return to teaching as a senior research scholar at Yale Law School. Dr. Lisa Lynch, the provost at Brandeis, has been named interim president effective July 1, 2015.
Texas A&M University System Board has named Michael K. Young as the only finalist for president of Texas A&M University. Young is currently president of the University of Washington since 2011. The Texas A&M Board will meet one more time to formally appoint Young as president. Young is expected to begin his new duties this spring.
Dr. Ergun Caner, president of Brewton-Parker College, resigned late last month. Dr. Caner has been very ill and felt he could no longer give the college his full attention. During his presidency Dr. Caner was able to have Brewton-Parker’s accreditation reinstated. The college’s board has named former vice president Dr. Charles Bass as interim president.
Dr. Mark G. McNamee, senior vice president and provost of Virginia Tech, will step down later this year. He has served as SVP and provost since 2001 and says he would like to see a new provost have the same special opportunities as he has had during his tenure at Virginia Tech. Dr. McNamee will stay on as provost until the university can find a replacement.
Dr. John Fitzsimmons, president of the Maine Community College System will step down effective February 15. Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, apparently demanded his resignation. After Gov. LePage "flat-lined" the community colleges in his proposed budget, Dr. Fitzsimmons stated he would resign rather than hurt the system by staying on. Dr. Fitzsimmons was president for more than 14 years. Derek Langhauser, general counsel of the MCCS, has been named interim president effective February 16.
Dr. Robert G. Templin Jr. has retired as president of Northern Virginia Community College, Virginia’s largest higher education institution. He has been president of NOVA since 2002. His goal has always been to expand educational opportunities for as many students as possible. Dr. Mel Schiavelli, currently provost at NOVA, has been named acting president.
Dr. Shirley Willihnganz, provost at the University of Louisville, will step down as of June 30. After a one year sabbatical she will return to the university as part of the faculty. Dr. Willihnganz has been provost since 2004.
Dr. Paul Lang, provost at Northern Michigan University since 2011, passed away on January 9th. He had been with the university since 1987. Dr. Lang started out as a tenured professor, then later served as dean of various academic departments before becoming provost. Dr. Lesley Larkin, an English faculty member, has been appointed acting provost and chief academic officer.
Robert Jennings, president of Lincoln University, announced his resignation at the end of November. The Lincoln University board of trustees has ordered an internal review of remarks made by Jennings at an all-women’s convocation. The board has named Valerie Harrison acting president. Ms Harrison is also Lincoln’s general counsel.
Dr. Timothy L. Killeen has been named the 20th president of the University of Illinois. His formal appointment will be made following the approval of the Board of Trustees at their January 15 meeting. Dr. Killeen is currently vice president of research and president of the Research Foundation at the State University of New York (SUNY). He will replace the retiring U. of Illinois president Dr. Robert Easter at the end of June 2015.
The University of Maryland has appointed Michael R. Poterala as the new vice president and general counsel. Currently he serves as deputy general counsel at North Carolina State University. Poterala will begin in his new position in January 2015, replacing the current UMD general counsel,. J. Terrance Roach.
Dr. Len Jessup has been appointed as new president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He currently serves as dean of the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. Dr. Jessup’s five-year contract at an annual salary of $525,000 plus other paid expenses makes him the highest paid university president in the state of Nevada. His contract start date is January 5, 2015.
Ms. Theresa Mendoza has been appointed interim vice president of university advancement at San Jose State University. She is currently a senior advisor to campus advancement for The California State University System. Ms. Mendoza replaces Rebecca Dukes who resigned as VP for advancement earlier this month.
The president of San Jose State University, Dr. Mohammed Qayoumi, announced that two university officials have resigned after an investigation into an alleged derogatory comment made during a meeting in February by Ms. Ginner. Wanda Ginner, a board member of the university foundation, and Rebecca Dukes, vice president for university advancement have both resigned. The results of the investigation will not be made public but only shared with Ms. Ginner and the complainant.
Dr. Laurie L. Patton has been named the next president of Middlebury College. She will be the first woman president in Middlebury’s 214-year history. Currently Dr. Patton is dean of Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of religion. She will take office on July 1, 2015, replacing Middlebury’s current president, Dr. Ronald D. Liebowitz.
Dr. Raymond Burse has been named president of Kentucky State University. He has been serving as interim president since July 1, replacing Mary Evans Sias. The board of regents has made his position permanent and has extended his contract to June 2018. Dr. Burse was previously president of KSU from 1982 to 1989. He has also made national news by giving $90,000 of his annual salary back to the school to be dispersed to 24 employees who were making less than $10.00 per hour.
Evangel University has named Chris Belcher as the next vice president for enrollment management. He replaces interim VP of Enrollment Herald Johnson. Belcher had been with Oral Roberts University for the last 25 years where he advanced to the position of senior director of admissions. He starts his new job immediately.
Dr. Pamela Hammond has been named interim president of Virginia State University. She is currently provost at Hampton University, a position she has held since 2009. Dr. Hammond will be the first woman to serve as president at VSU. She will be replacing Dr. Keith Miller who is leaving VSU at the end of this year.
Kentucky Community & Technical College System has named Dr. Stephen Vacik president of Maysville Community & Technical College. Currently Dr. Vacik serves as president at Colby Community College in Kansas. He will be replacing the current MCTC president Dr. Ed Story. He will begin in his new position on January 1, 2015.
Dr. Kenneth Kitts has been chosen as the next president of the University of North Alabama. He is currently serving as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. His contract and start date are still being negotiated. Dr. Kitts will replace William Cale who retired from the presidency earlier this year.
Alexis Montevirgen has been named vice chancellor of student affairs and enrollment management at Indiana University Northwest. He was previously vice president of student affairs at the College of Alameda in California. Montevirgen has 15 years of higher education experience in student services and enrollment management. . He replaces interim vice chancellor Beth Tyler.
Prof. Elizabeth Garrett has been named the 13th president of Cornell University. She will take over the reins in July 2015, replacing President David J. Skorton who will leave Cornell to become secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Professor Garrett is currently provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern California.
The Lehigh University Board of Trustees has named Dr. John D. Simon as its next president. He will take over the presidency in July 2015, replacing interim president Kevin Clayton. Dr. Simon is currently executive vice president and provost at the University of Virginia.
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell has announced the retirement of Provost Dr. Ronald Godwin and the resignation of Law School Dean Mat Staver in October. Dr. Godwin retires at the end of October after serving as provost since 2010. Law School Dean Mat Staver has resigned after eight years of service. Staver is being replaced by Rena Lindevaldsen, associate director of Liberty Center for Law and associate dean for academic affairs. Ms. Lindevaldsen is currently the interim dean of the law school.
Virginia University of Lynchburg was put on probation by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) in October 2013 due to financial problems. TRACS accreditation commission has now voted unanimously to remove VUL from probation. The school has submitted financial reports showing that they are once again in compliance with TRACS regulations.
The athletic director at the University of Michigan has announced his resignation. David Brandon will be replaced by James Hackett, the CEO of Steelcase, as interim director of athletics. Apparently, Brandon has been under intense criticism by the student body after a football player, quarterback Shane Morris, was diagnosed with a mild concussion in September.
Dr. Keith T. Miller will resign as president of Virginia State University at the end of December. The VSU Board and Dr. Miller agreed that, due to a drop in enrollment and financial problems at the school, a change in the administration was needed. Many students had demanded that the CFO and the Provost should also resign but that did not happen. The Board plans to select an interim president later this month and will actively recruit for a new president in January.
Dr. Cynthia Huggins will step down as president of the University of Maine at Machias at the end of the fall semester this year. She has been president there since 2005 and first joined the University of Maine as a faculty member in 1997. Dr. Huggins is the fourth of seven presidents in the University of Maine System to leave this year.
Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice was appointed president of Morehouse School of Medicine effective July 1st and her inauguration will be celebrated September 11 – 13, 2014. She is Morehouse’s 6th president and the first woman to lead the free-standing medical school. Dr. Montgomery Rice most recently served as dean and executive vice president at MSM since 2011. She will continue to retain her position as dean of MSM while serving as president.
University of Miami president Dr. Donna Shalala has announced that she will retire at the end of the school year in 2015. Dr. Shalala has been president at UM since 2001. She says that she looks forward to a “spectacular year” and still has work to do. Dr. Shalala has done extensive work in improving the University of Miami medical school in the past few years.
Christine Plunkett, president of Burlington College, resigned suddenly at the end of August. The college’s board of trustees appointed Michael Smith, a former state administrator, as interim president. The board also appointed Jane Knodell as interim provost and David Coates as interim financial advisor.
Suffolk University president Dr. James McCarthy was abruptly replaced this week by a veteran college administrator, Norman R. Smith. Smith is most known for his tenure at Wagner College where as president for 15 years, he turned the floundering institution into a successful enterprise. Dr. McCarthy, who had only been president at Suffolk since February 2012, was well regarded on campus and his departure was attributed to possible philosophical differences with the board of trustees.
Dr. James Limbaugh, chancellor of Montana State University-Northern has announced his resignation effective today. He stated in an email to the staff and faculty that he was stepping down “for the sake of the institution”. In the past year the provost, Rosalyn Templeton, was relieved of her duties in October, and the director of the nursing program, Dr. Lisa O’Neil, resigned in January.
The merger of Altamaha Technical College and Okefenokee Technical College into Coastal Pines Technical College has been approved by the Georgia state board that oversees the Technical College System of Georgia. Dr. Glenn Deibert, president of Okefenokee Technical College is now the president of Coastal Pines Technical College. All programs at both colleges will continue as before and no campuses will be closed.
Dr. D. Glen Cannon has been appointed as president of Gwinnett Technical College. He is currently president of Chattahoochee Valley Technical College in Alabama and will begin in his new position on September 1st. Dr. Cannon succeeds Dr. Sharon Bartels who retired from the presidency in May.
Amarillo College has named Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart as its 14th president. Dr. Lowery-Hart was previously vice president of academic affairs at Amarillo. He replaces Dr. Paul Matney who retired on August 1st. Amarillo College has offered Dr. Lowery-Hart a 3-year contract effective immediately.
The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation has given the University of Arizona a foundational gift of $9 million dollars to support their veterinary medical and surgical program. This is the first program in the state to train Doctors of Veterinary Medicine and will begin in the 2015 fall semester. Arizona students will no longer have to go out of state to attend veterinary school.
Dr. Clayton Tatro, in agreement with the Fort Scott Community College Board of Trustees, has terminated his employment as president of FSCC. Dr. Tatro tendered his resignation effective July 28th. The Board of Trustees selected board member Dick Hedges to be interim president effective immediately upon Tatro’s resignation.
Sauk Valley Community College President Dr. George Mihel has announced his retirement. When he retires on July 18, 2015, he will have served 10 years as president of Sauk Valley and 45 years as a professional educator and administrator.
Oakland Community College has named Peter Provenzano as vice chancellor for administrative services. He will begin his new duties effective September 1st. Provenzano is currently serving as finance director for Macomb County, MI and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Dr. Gordon F. May has been named president of Baltimore City Community College. He starts in his new position on September 2nd. Dr. May was formerly president of two of Oakland Community College’s campuses. One of Dr. May’s first tasks at BCCC will be to prepare a report to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education which found BCCC out of compliance with four out of 14 accreditation standards several months ago.
Dr. Maravene Loeschke, president of Towson University, has taken a leave of absence effective immediately. She is undergoing medical treatment and is expected to make a full recovery. Dr. Timothy Chandler, currently serving as provost, has been named acting president and Dr. Maggie Reitz, currently vice provost, will be acting provost.
The Southern University and A&M College System Board has voted to not renew President Ron Mason’s contract. Mason had demanded that the board accept his plan to combine the system and main campus administrations in an effort to cut expenses. The board did not approve this “transformation plan” and decided not to renew Mason’s contract which ends in June 2015.
Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. has announced that he will step down from the presidency at Saint Joseph’s University when his term ends in June 2015. Along with Rev. Gillespie, Dr. John Smithson who serves as executive vice president will also step down at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. Rev. Gillespie has been president of Saint Joseph’s since July 2012.
Dr. David Borofsky, president of Dakota State University, announced his sudden resignation in an email last week. Apparently some leadership changes brought about by Borofsky were not well received by the school. Dr. Marysz Rames, vice president for student affairs at South Dakota State University, has been named interim president at DSU.