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Transitions: Illinois Institute of Technology Selects Next President; DePaul U. President to Step Down Next Year

Raj Echambadi will become president of the Illinois Institute of Technology.

CHIEF EXECUTIVES
Appointments
M. Brian Blake, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at George Washington University, will become president of Georgia State University on August 9. He will succeed Mark Becker.

Brock Blomberg, president of Ursinus College, will step down on September 1 to become president of the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Devin Byrd, vice president for academic affairs at Saybrook University, will become president of Bastyr University on July 26. He will succeed Harlan Patterson.

Rajagopal (Raj) Echambadi, dean of the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, will become president of the Illinois Institute of Technology in August. He will succeed Alan W. Cramb, who plans to retire.

David P. Haney, interim president of Hiram College since the fall, has been named to the post permanently. He became interim president in September 2020 after Lori E. Varlotta left to become president of California Lutheran University.

Dan Hocoy, vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and president of the Longview campus of Metropolitan Community College, has been named president of Goddard College. He will succeed Bernard Bull, who has been named president of Concordia University, Nebraska.

Peter Grant Jordan, president of Tarrant County College-South Campus, in Texas, has been named president of Dutchess Community College. He will succeed Pamela R. Edington, who retired in July 2020.

Bill Kincaid, managing associate general counsel at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, has been named acting chancellor after Joe Steinmetz’s resignation.

Teresa MacCartney, executive vice chancellor for administration at the University System of Georgia, has been named acting chancellor. She will replace Steve Wrigley, who retired on July 1.

Tia Robinson-Cooper, provost and vice president for academic affairs/chief academic officer at Inver Hills Community College, has been named president of Contra Costa College.

T. Ramon Stuart, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fort Valley State University, has been named president of Clayton State University.

Resignations
A. Gabriel Esteban, president of DePaul University since 2017, plans to step down on June 30, 2022.

Ghali E. Ghali, chancellor of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at Shreveport, has resigned.

Jay Gogue, president of Auburn University, plans to step down. He became president of the university for the second time in 2020.

Paul Katz, president of the University of the Sciences, in Philadelphia, since 2016, plans to retire next month.

Michael Le Roy, president of Calvin University since 2012, plans to step down after the 2021-22 academic year.

Joe Steinmetz, chancellor of the University of Arkansas since 2016, resigned on June 18.

Dwight Watson, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, has resigned. Jim Henderson, former vice president for academic and student affairs for the University of Wisconsin system, has been named interim chancellor.

Scott Wyatt, president of Southern Utah University since 2013, plans to step down in August.

Retirements
Diane Melby, president of Our Lady of the Lake University since 2015, plans to retire on July 15, 2022.

Julie E. Wollman, president of Widener University since 2016, plans to retire in June 2022.

CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICERS
Appointments
Valerio Ferme, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati, has been named executive vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Maurice Hall, dean of the School of the Arts and Communication at the College of New Jersey, has been named provost at Bennington College.

Sarah R. Kirk, associate provost and a professor of chemistry at Willamette University, has been named provost and dean of faculty at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Avinandan (Avi) Mukherjee, dean of the Lewis College of Business at Marshall University, has been named interim senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Gretchen Ritter, executive dean and vice provost for the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio State University, will become vice chancellor, provost and chief academic officer at Syracuse University on October 1.

Christopher Storm, senior associate provost for faculty advancement and research at Adelphi University, will become provost and executive vice president on July 1.

Noah Toly, executive director of the Center for Urban Engagement, chair of urban studies, and a professor of urban studies and politics & international relations at Wheaton College, in Illinois, has been named provost at Calvin University.

Sharon Wood, dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, will become the university’s executive vice president and provost on July 19.

OTHER TOP ADMINISTRATORS
Appointments
Adrian Bautista, assistant vice president for student life at Oberlin College, has been named dean of students and vice president for student affairs at Skidmore College.

Andriel Dees

Andriel Dees

Andriel Dees, interim diversity officer for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, has been named vice chancellor for equity and inclusion.

Jennifer Eriksen, senior director of annual giving and advancement communications at Colby College, has been named vice president for university advancement at Queens University of Charlotte.

Claudia Keenan, senior vice president for institutional advancement and executive director for the Mercy Health Foundation, has been named senior vice president for advancement and communications at Bennington College.

Augustine Lado, dean of the David. D. Reh School of Business at Clarkson University, has been named senior adviser to the president on anti-racism.

Alfredo Medina, executive director of the office for public engagement and associate director in the office for diversity and inclusion at the University of Albany, has been named vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion and college diversity officer at Bennington College.

Teresa Niño, director of electronic health records communications at the University Health System affiliated with UT Health San Antonio, has been named vice president for university relations at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Melissa Nobles, dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been named chancellor.

Alysha M. O’Neil, director of project implementation and engagement in the division of finance and chief business officer for the chancellor’s office at the University of Missouri at Columbia, will become vice chancellor for finance and operations at the Missouri University of Science and Technology on July 1.

Muriel Poston, a professor in environmental analysis and former vice president for academic affairs/dean of faculty at Pitzer College, has been named vice president for strategic initiatives at Claremont McKenna College.

Teresa Ramey, vice president for regional and community programs at Francis Marion University, will become the inaugural vice president for community, diversity, and inclusion at Roanoke College on August 2.

Smita Ruzicka, dean of student life at the Johns Hopkins University, has been named vice president for student affairs at Middlebury College.

Yves Salomon-Fernández, president of Greenfield Community College, in Massachusetts, has been named senior vice president at Southern New Hampshire University.

Joel Seligman, associate vice president for strategic communications at the University of Maryland at College Park, has been named chief communications officer at the University of Vermont.

Gabrielle St. Léger, assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Hofstra University, has been named vice president for student development and campus life at La Salle University.

Marjorie Thomas

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Marjorie Thomas

Marjorie Thomas, dean of students at the College of William & Mary, will become vice president for student affairs at New College of Florida on August 15.

Nadeem Syed, head of consumer wireline finance at AT&T, has been named chief financial officer at Western Governors University.

John Whelan, vice president for human resources at Indiana University at Bloomington, will become vice president for human resources at Yale University on August 1.

Leslie Fountain Williams, chief of staff and board of trustees liaison at Helene Fuld College of Nursing, has been named vice president for finance and administration at Centralia College.

Retirements
Penny Rue, vice president for campus life at Wake Forest University, plans to retire.

John Sejdinaj, vice president and chief financial officer at Indiana University at Bloomington, plans to retire at the end of August.

DEANS
Appointments
Colleen L. Barry, a professor and chair of the department of health policy and management in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, has been named dean of the Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy at Cornell University.

Teri Browne, an associate professor and associate dean of faculty and research in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina, will become interim dean of the college on August 1.

Tim Carroll, dean of the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific, will become dean of the College of Business at Oregon State University on July 30.

Damon Fleming, dean and professor of accounting in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis, will become dean of the Orfalea College of Business at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo on August 2.

Paulo Goes, dean of the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, will become dean of the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University on August 23.

Kurt Hubbard, executive director/academic dean of online learning at Remington College, has been named academic dean of the Orlando and Tampa campuses of Herzing University.

Amaney Jamal, a professor of politics and director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University, will become dean of the School of Public and International Affairs on September 1.

Gene Andrew Jarrett, dean of the College of Arts and Science and a professor of English at New York University, will become dean of the faculty at Princeton University on August 1.

Patrick Mather, dean of engineering and a professor of chemical engineering at Bucknell University, will become dean of the Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University at University Park on August 16.

Robert D. Morgan, a professor of psychological sciences at Texas Tech University, has been named dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Norm O’Reilly, a professor and former assistant dean at the University of Guelph, will become dean of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Maine on July 1.

Jens David Ohlin, interim dean of Cornell University’s Law School since January, has been named to the position permanently.

Patricia Stock, director of the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the University of Arizona, has been named dean of the College of Agriculture at California State University at Chico.

Hugo O. Villar, associate dean of professional and continuing education at the University of California at San Diego Extension, will become dean of extension on July 1.

Martin West, a professor of education at Harvard University, has been named academic dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Jinhua Zhao, a professor of economics at Michigan State University, will become dean of the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University on July 1.

Resignations
Joanna Masingila, dean of the School of Education at Syracuse University, plans to step down on August 1. She will take a one-year research leave and return to the faculty with a dual appointment in the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences.

DEPARTMENT CHAIRS
Appointments
Robert Kelchen, an associate professor of higher education and chair of the department of education leadership, management, and policy at Seton Hall University, has been named head of the department of educational leadership and policy studies in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Michael McElroy, a Tony-nominated actor and associate arts professor at New York University’s New Studio on Broadway, has been named chair of the department of musical theater in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan.

OTHER ADMINISTRATORS
Appointments
Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, special adviser to the provost and chancellor for equity, and inclusion and interim chief diversity officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named vice provost for diversity, equity, and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Sewanee: The University of the South.

Kia Lilly Caldwell, a professor of African, African American, and diaspora studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named vice provost for faculty affairs and diversity at Washington University in St. Louis.

K. Matthew Dames, university librarian at Boston University, will become university librarian at the University of Notre Dame on August 1.

Nu’Nicka Epps, assistant director of inclusion initiatives and assessment at Sam Houston State University, has been named director of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the university’s College of Criminal Justice.

Amber Johnson, an associate professor of communication at Saint Louis University, has been named associate provost in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

Ray Lucas, an associate professor of emergency medicine in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at George Washington University, has been named the university’s Covid-19 coordinator.

FACULTY
Appointments
Nicole R. Fleetwood, a professor of American studies and art history at Rutgers University at New Brunswick and author of Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration (Harvard University Press, 2020), will become a professor in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University.

Paul Harris, an associate professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia, has been named an associate professor of education (counselor education) in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University.

PULITZER PRIZE AWARDS
Marcia Chatelain, a professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University, received the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for History.

Natalie Diaz, a professor of English at the University of Arizona, received the 2021 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

DEATHS
Saul B. Cohen, president of the City University of New York Queens College from 1978 until 1985, died on June 9. He was 95. After leading the college as president, Cohen served as a member of the state Board of Regents for 17 years.

Ed Ward, a professor in the department of management and entrepreneurship at St. Cloud State University, died on June 20. He was 68.


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