Transitions: Berkeley College Names Provost

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Thu Jan 3, 2019

Wendy Raymond will become president of Haverford College.

Chief executives

Appointments

Koffi C. Akakpo, vice president for business, administrative, and student services at North Central State College, will become president of Bluegrass Community and Technical College in February.

Karrie Gibson Dixon, interim chancellor of Elizabeth City State University since April, has been named to the post permanently.

John M. Dunn, former president of Western Michigan University, will become interim chancellor of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale on January 1. He will replace J. Kevin Dorsey, who took on the role of acting chancellor after the death of Carlo Montemagno in October. Dorsey will continue in his other role as interim president of the Southern Illinois University system.

Joan T.A. Gabel, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina, will become the first female president of the University of Minnesota on July 1. She will succeed Eric Kaler, who plans to move into a fund-raising role for a year and later join the faculty of the department of chemical engineering and materials science.

Kerry Hart, former president of Morgan Community College, is assuming the role of interim president of Trinidad State Junior College this month. He will replace Carmen Simone, who became executive director of the University Center-Sioux Falls at the University of South Dakota on January 2.

John Loyack, vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer at King's College, in Pennsylvania, will become president of Alvernia University on July 1. He will succeed Thomas F. Flynn, who plans to step down after having been at the helm since 2005.

Brian McGee, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the College of Charleston, will become president of Quincy University on July 1. He will succeed Phil Conover, who became president in May 2017 and plans to retire next year.

Wendy Raymond, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Davidson College, will become president of Haverford College on July 1. She will succeed Kim Benston, who plans to return to the faculty.

Lisa Rhine, provost at Tidewater Community College's Chesapeake Campus, has been named president of Yavapai College. She will succed Penny Wills, who retired on December 31.

Matthew A. Scogin, chief administrative officer at the financial advisory firm Perella Weinberg Partners, in New York City, and a member of the Board of Trustees at Hope College, will become president of the college on July 1. He will replace Dennis Voskuil, who became interim president in 2017 when John Knapp left to become president of Washington & Jefferson College.

Stephen Spinelli Jr., chancellor of the combined Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University and co-founder of Jiffy Lube International, will become president of Babson College on July 1. He will succeed Kerry Healey, who will step down at the end of this academic year.

Resignations

Beverly A. Kopper, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, stepped down on December 31. This came after the university system opened investigations into allegations that her husband engaged in sexual misconduct.

Retirements

James H. Page, chancellor of the University of Maine system since 2012, plans to retire in at the end of the academic year.

Chief academic officers

Appointments

Gregg Camfield, interim executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California at Merced, has been named to the post permanently.

Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg

Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University, will become provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Texas Christian University on March 1.

Daniel J. Myers, former provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Marquette University, will become provost and chief academic officer at American University on January 15.

Peter Nwosu, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Clark Atlanta University, will become provost and senior vice president for academic affairs and student success at City University of New York Herbert H. Lehman College in the spring.

Pamella Oliver, associate vice president for academic programs at California State University at Fullerton, became interim provost and vice president of academic affairs on January 1.

Marsha Pollard, former associate chief academic officer at Stony Brook University, became provost at Berkeley College on December 17.

H. Frederick Sweitzer, interim provost at the University of Hartford, has been named to the post permanently.

Other top administrators

Appointments

Peter Barr-Gillespie, interim senior vice president for research at Oregon Health & Science University, has been named chief research officer.

Shannon Cullinan, vice president for finance at the University of Notre Dame, will become executive vice president on July 1.

Maura Donovan, executive director of economic development at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, will become the first vice president for corporate engagement at Marquette University on January 28.

Ann Firth, chief of staff to the president of the University of Notre Dame, has been named vice president and chief of staff.

Nathan Green

Nathan Green, interim vice chancellor for public affairs at Vanderbilt University, has been named to the post permanently.

Chelsea Gwyther, assistant dean of advancement in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has been named vice president for development and alumni relations at Lasell College.

Sarah Kelly, vice president for enrollment and marketing at Saint Michael's College, will become senior vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Loyola University New Orleans in February.

Micki Kidder, associate vice president for development at the University of Notre Dame, will become vice president for university enterprises and events on March 1.

David Pickering, director of business and human resources at Olivet Nazarene University, became executive vice president and chief financial officer on January 1.

Mike Seamon, vice president for campus safety and event management at the University of Notre Dame, will become vice president for campus safety and university operations on March 1.

Kathi Tunheim, special assistant to the president for strategy at Gustavus Adolphus College, became the first vice president for mission, strategy, and innovation on January 1.

Resignations

Stephen T. Bartlett, executive vice president and chief medical officer at the University of Maryland Medical System, has stepped down.

Mark Merritt, vice chancellor and general counsel at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has stepped down.

Deans

Appointments

Kirby R. Brown, deputy to the commanding general for the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., became dean of the College of Management at Park University on January 1.

David Burkitt, executive director of graduate faculty for the master of business administration program at Mount Saint Mary's University, in California, has been named dean of the College of Business and Leadership at Lourdes University.

Lisa Gloss, interim dean of the Graduate School at Washington State University, was named to the post permanently on January 1.

Frank Hodge, professor and chair of accounting at the University of Washington, will become dean of the Foster School of Business on July 9.

Raghunath Kanakala

Raghunath Kanakala, dean of technical education at Aiken Technical College, has been named executive dean of the School of Engineering and Technology at Richland College.

Howard Marchitello, senior associate dean for research and the Graduate School at Rutgers University at Camden, became dean of the faculty of arts and sciences on January 1.

Amy Rising, chair of the film department at Flashpoint Chicago, a campus of Columbia College Hollywood, has been named dean of academic affairs for the branch campus.

Department chairs

Appointments

Bill Baykan, a member of the film faculty at Flashpoint Chicago, a campus of Columbia College Hollywood, has been named chair of the film department.

Susan Ludwick, an assistant professor of nursing at Charleston Southern University, became chair of the department of nursing at Newberry College on January 3.

James Marshall, vice president and chief research officer for Cook Children's Medical Center, has been named academic chair of pediatrics at the Texas Christian University and University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine.

Other administrators

Appointments

Pam Gohl, interim director of athletics at University of Sioux Falls, has been named to the post permananetly.

Keith Goyne, associate director and professor of soil and environmental sciences at the University of Missouri at Columbia, has been named associate dean of the College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech.

Lynn Hendricks, director of residential life at Florida International University, has been named associate dean of student affairs at Quinnipiac University.

Victoria Murrain, interim deputy dean for diversity and inclusion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine at Tucson, has been named to the post permanently.

Robert Stanley, assistant director of admissions at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, has been named director of admissions.

Paula S. Voyles

Paula S. Voyles, senior associate vice president for constituency programs at Oklahoma State University, has been named assistant vice president for school and project development at Southern Methodist University.

Organizations

Appointments

Sean Creighton, president of the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, will become president of the New American Colleges and Universities.

Kerry E. Pannell, vice president for academic affairs and dean of Agnes Scott College, will become vice president for academic programs at the Council of Independent Colleges on February 4.

David J. Skorton, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., and a former president of Cornell University and the University of Iowa, will become president of the Association of American Medical Colleges in mid-June.

Deaths

The Rev. Donald F. Beisswenger, a professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University's Divinity School and a community activist, died on November 26. He was 88. Beisswenger arrived at Vanderbilt in 1968 as director of field education and an assistant professor. He retired in 1995 and continued his advocacy for peace and justice, publishing Locked Up: Letters and Papers of a Prisoner of Conscience (Upper Room Books, 2007) about serving six months in federal prison for a nonviolent protest.

Perry L. Blackshear Jr., a professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, died on December 4. He was 97.

William (Ted) Bluhm, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Rochester, died on November 16. He was 95.

Robert Collmer, a professor emeritus of English at Baylor University, died on November 21. He was 91. Collmer joined the English faculty in 1973 and served as department chair and dean of the Graduate School before his retirement in 1997.

Pier Massimo (P.M.) Forni, a professor of Italian in the department of German and Romance languages and literatures at the Johns Hopkins University, died on December 1. He was 67. Forni taught at Johns Hopkins since 1985, and co-founded the Johns Hopkins Civility Project (later renamed the Civility Initiative) in 1997. He wrote books on civility, Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct (St. Martin's Press, 2002) and The Civility Solution: What to Do when People Are Rude (St. Martin's Press, 2008), as well as on the work of Boccaccio, Adventures in Speech: Rhetoric and Narration in Boccaccio's Decameron (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996).

Alta N. Lane, a professor emerita of family and consumer sciences at Baylor University, died on November 22. She was 91. Lane taught at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) from 1971 to 1976, the University of Northern Iowa from 1978 to 1980, and Baylor from 1981 to 1997.


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