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Transitions: New President Named at Olivet Nazarene U., Interim President Named at Bethel U.

Peter Ringenberg

Gregg Chenoweth

CHIEF EXECUTIVES
Appointments
James H. Ammons Jr., interim chancellor of Southern University at New Orleans since November 2019, has been named to the post permanently.

Barbara Bellefeuille, vice president for academic services at Bethel University, will become interim president on June 1. She will replace Gregg A. Chenoweth, who will leave to become president of Olivet Nazarene University.

Gregg Chenoweth, president of Bethel University, will become president of Olivet Nazarene University on June 1. He will succeed John C. Bowling, who plans to retire.

Suzanne Allison Davis, acting president of Greenville University since May 2020, has been named to the position permanently. She will be the first woman to lead the university and will succeed Ivan Filby.

Mark Fuller, vice chancellor for advancement at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, will become interim chancellor of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth on January 19. Fuller will replace Mark Preble, who became acting chancellor in August after Robert E. Johnson left to become president of Western New England University.

Colleen M. Hanycz, president of La Salle University, will become president of Xavier University, in Ohio. She will replace the Rev. Michael Graham, who plans to retire, and be the first woman and first layperson to lead the university.

Shane B. Smeed, acting president of Park University, has been named interim president. Smeed became acting president after Greg Gunderson stepped down.

A. James Wohlpart, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Northern Iowa, has been named president of Central Washington University. He will succeed James L. Gaudino, who plans to step down on July 31.

Resignations
Ruth V. Watkins, president of the University of Utah, plans to step down in April and become president of Strada Impact in the Strada Education Network.

Retirements
Steve Wrigley, chancellor of the University System of Georgia since 2017, plans to retire on July 1.

CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICERS
Appointments
Laura Furge, a professor of chemistry at Kalamazoo College, has been named provost at Muhlenberg College.

Paul Goldbart, dean of the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, will become executive vice president and provost at Stony Brook University on March 22.

Malou C. Harrison, president of the North Campus of Miami Dade College, has been named provost at Miami Dade College.

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Lena Hill, dean of the college and a professor of English and Africana studies at Washington and Lee University, will become the university’s next provost on July 1.

Joumana McGowan, associate vice president for instructional services at Mt. San Antonio College, has been named vice president for academic affairs at Citrus Community College.

Robin Rylaarsdam, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Xavier University, has been named provost of Bethel University.

Charlotte Simmons, co-interim vice president for academic affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Calandra Stringer, associate vice president for academic affairs at Tallahassee Community College, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Marilyn Sutton-Haywood, dean of the division of liberal arts and sciences at Pfeiffer University, has been named interim vice president for academic affairs at Mitchell College.

Alfred W. Tatum, dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will become provost and vice president for academic affairs at Metropolitan State University of Denver on March 16.

OTHER TOP ADMINISTRATORS
Appointments
Candace J. Boeninger, interim vice provost for strategic enrollment management at Ohio University, has been named vice president for enrollment management.

Kortni R. Campbell, senior associate dean of admission and financial aid and admission communications director at Davidson College, has been named vice chancellor for admission and financial aid at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Katherine Hammer, chief deputy chief financial officer for the City of Detroit, will become vice president for finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on February 16.

Akua Johnson Matherson, interim chief financial officer and vice chancellor for administration and finance at North Carolina Central University, has been named to the post permanently.

Terry Mena, associate vice president and dean of students at Lamar University, will become vice president for student affairs/dean of students at Northeastern Illinois University on February 22.

Eduardo Prieto, vice president for access and enrollment management at Winthrop University, has been named the University of Mississippi‘s first vice chancellor for enrollment management.

Henry Torres, assistant vice chancellor and chief information officer at Arkansas State University, has been named the inaugural vice president for information technology and chief information officer for the Arkansas State University System.

Lesley Villarose, dean of students at Averett University, has been named vice president for student development and dean of students at Gardner-Webb University.

Janet Wormack, senior vice chancellor for administration and finance at Houston Community College, has been named vice president for administration and finance at Salisbury University.

Resignations
Suzanne Goldberg, executive vice president for university life and founder and director of the Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic in the Law School at Columbia University, will step down to join the Biden-Harris administration.

Martin Tadlock, regional chancellor for the St. Petersburg campus of the University of South Florida, plans to step down and return to the faculty in December.

Retirements
Kevin Hegarty, executive vice president and chief financial officer at the University of Michigan, plans to retire at the end of April.

William Wanovich, commandant at the Virginia Military Institute, will retire at the end of the academic year after an investigation into a “clear and appalling culture of ongoing structural racism” at VMI.

Kevin White, vice president and director of athletics at Duke University, plans to retire. He will remain as an adjunct professor in the university’s Fuqua School of Business.

DEANS
Appointments
Gabriel Barreneche, associate dean for advising and a professor of Spanish at Rollins College, will become dean of the Evans School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Berry College on July 1.

Linda S. Greene, a professor in the School of Law at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, will become the inaugural dean of the College of Law at Michigan State University on June 1.

La’Tonya (LT) Rease Miles, executive director of first-year experience and strategic initiatives at the University of California at Los Angeles, has been named dean of student affairs at Menlo College.

David M. Post, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yale University, will become dean of faculty at Yale-NUS College, a joint venture by Yale and the National University of Singapore, on July 1.

Amelia Smith Rinehart, associate dean of academic affairs and professor at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, will become dean of the College of Law at West Virginia University on June 30.

Retirements
H. Gordon Brooks, the first dean of the College of the Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, plans to retire.

DEPARTMENTS CHAIRS
Appointments
Glenn Gaudette, a professor of biomedical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been named the inaugural chair of the engineering department at Boston College.

Stella Lucia Volpe, chair of the department of nutrition sciences at Drexel University, has been named head of the department of human nutrition, foods, and exercise in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech.

OTHER ADMINISTRATORS
Appointments
Christopher Bradford, chief executive and co-founder of the African Leadership Academy, has been named president of the Morehead-Cain Foundation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

DeOnte Brown, assistant dean of students at Clemson University, has been named director of the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement and assistant dean of undergraduate studies at Florida State University.

Wanda Heading-Grant, vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Vermont, will become the inaugural vice provost for diversity, equity, and inclusion and chief diversity officer at Carnegie Mellon University on April 1.

Staci Phelan, interim associate vice president of enrollment management at Idaho State University since May 2019, has been named to the position permanently.

Patricia (Patty) Sengstack, academic director for the nursing informatics specialty in the master of science in nursing program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, has been named senior associate dean for informatics.

Richard R. Smith, a professor of strategic management and deputy dean of programs at Singapore Management University, has been named vice dean for corporate and global partnerships in the Carey Business School at the Johns Hopkins University.

Christopher Woods, a professor of Sumerology and director of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, will become director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology on April 1.

FACULTY
Appointments
Sara Bleich, a professor of public-health policy at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University, has been named senior advisor for Covid-19 in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

John Eastman, a professor of law at Chapman University, will retire. Eastman supported Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud and participated in a Washington, D.C., rally with Rudy Giuliani.

ORGANIZATIONS
Appointments
Greg Giangrande, a senior advisor at McKinsey & Company and former adjunct faculty member at New York University, has been named chief people officer at Ellucian, a higher-education software provider.

DEATHS
Thomas G. Carpenter, founding president of the University of North Florida, died on January 6. He was 94.

Willard J. Henken, founding dean of the Fond du Lac campus of the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, died on January 17. He was 93.

Roger Mandle, president emeritus of the Rhode Island School of Design, died on November 28. He was 79. Mandle led the institution from 1993 to 2008.

Samuel L. Myers Sr., an economist and former president of Bowie State University, died on January 8. He was 101.

Deborah L. Rhode, a professor of law and director of the Center on the Legal Profession at Stanford University, died on January 8. She was 68.

Mark Richter, a professor of molecular biosciences at the University of Kansas, died of Covid-19 on December 26. He was 69.

Charles Shearrow, a professor of advanced manufacturing at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, died of Covid-19 on January 12. He was 61. Shearrow led his students in 3-D printing face shields for health-care workers during the pandemic.

Judith Jarvis Thomson, a professor emerita of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died on November 20. She was 91. Thomson was known for her 1971 essay “A Defense of Abortion” and devising the standard form of the “Trolley Problem.”

Chia-Kuang (Frank) Tsung, an associate professor of chemistry at Boston College, died on January 5 from complications due to Covid-19. He was 44.

Walter E. Williams, a vocally anti-welfare economist and a professor of economics at George Mason University, died on December 1. He was 84.


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