New Chancellor in Jonesboro, Arkansas; Fisk US President resigned

Todd Shields was named Arkansas State Chancellor in Jonesboro.

ERIC COLEMAN

Todd Shields was named Arkansas State Chancellor in Jonesboro.

EXECUTIVE MANAGERS
Meetings
Deborah Preston, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Raritan Valley Community College, has been named president of Mercer County Community College in New Jersey. He will achieve the retirement plan as Jianping Wang’s successor.

John Selmon, provost and executive vice president of Muskegon Community College in Michigan has been named president of the college. He will succeed Dale Nesbary, who retired this year.

Todd Shields, dean of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, has been named chancellor of Arkansas State University at Jonesboro.

Withdrawals
Bath Newkirk, The president of Fisk University in Tennessee, effective February 2021, has resigned.

Retirement
Laura M. Casamento, president of Utica University in New York since 2016, plans to retire in July 2023.

William A. Covino, The president of California State University Los Angeles plans to retire at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year.

Pamela R. Fox, President of the University of Mary Baldwin since 2003, plans to retire in June 2023.

H. Jeffrey Rafn, President of Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College since 1997, will retire in July 2023.

Christina Royal, President of Holyoke Community College since 2017, plans to retire in July 2023.

Rondall E. Allen

Rondall E. Allen

ACADEMIC CHAPTERS
Meetings
Rondall E. Allen, interim vice president for strategic initiatives at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, has been named university provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Shivanthi Anandan, vice provost for undergraduate studies at Drexel University, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at La Salle University in Pennsylvania.

David Bogen, vice president for academic affairs and provost of the Maryland Institute College of the Arts, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at the Berklee College of Music.

Susan L. Ganter, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas Permian Basin.

Deborah Thomas, professor and chair of the Department of Oceanography and dean of the Texas A&M College of Geosciences, has been named chief academic officer of Texas A&M University at Galveston.

OTHER TOP ADMINISTRATORS
Meetings
Jack Michael Bellamy, executive director of facilities services for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, has been named vice president for facilities and campus development at Yale University.

Aaron J. Hart, vice president for student affairs at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, has been named vice president for student affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Laura K. Padron, Vice President of the Florida International University Foundation, has been named Senior Vice President of the University of Connecticut Foundation.

Anju Reejhsinghani, Assistant Vice Provost for Strategic Administration for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has been named Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Tracey A. Reeves, Vice president for research and academic communications at Georgia Institute of Technology, he will become vice president for communications and marketing at Bates College.

Krystyn J. Van Vliet, vice president and vice president for research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been named vice president for research and innovation at Cornell University.

Amanda Withers, The interim chief financial officer and senior vice president of operations at Sam Houston State University in Texas, effective January, has been appointed to the position on a permanent basis.

Withdrawals
Lawrence Lockman, The vice president of strategic communications at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, will step down at the end of October.

THE DEANS
Meetings
Erick Berrelleza, assistant professor of sociology at Santa Clara University, has been named founding dean of Messina College, a two-year residential college division at Boston College.

LaShundia Carson, professor at Alcorn State University’s School of Education and Psychology, has been named dean of the school.

Kim Davis

Kim Davis

Kim Davis, The dean of communications, arts and humanities at Oakland Community College in Michigan has been named dean of arts and humanities at Harford Community College in Maryland.

Michael Dixon, director of graduate studies at the University of Southern Indiana, has been named dean of the new graduate school.

Gina Florio, New York St. The interim dean of John’s University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has been named dean of Molloy University’s School of Arts and Sciences.

Giovanna Guidoboni, research associate professor and professor at the University of Missouri College of Engineering, has been named dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Maine, Orono.

Brian Janssen, director of student organizations and leadership development at Portland State University in Oregon, has been named dean of students at Kenyon College in Ohio.

Christine E. Kasper, dean of the University of New Mexico College of Nursing, has been named dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing.

Melissa M. Lubin, The dean and chief economic officer of the School of Professional and Continuing Education at James Madison University in Virginia has been named dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Education at the University of Virginia.

Thomas Philion, dean of the College of Education and vice provost for strategic initiatives at Roosevelt University, has been named dean of the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education at Northeastern Illinois University.

Vasan Ramachandran, professor of medicine and epidemiology at Boston University, has been named founding dean of the University of Texas School of Public Health at San Antonio.

Withdrawals
Mark Nelson, The dean of Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management will step down and return to the faculty in June 2023.

Retirement
Jerry R. Hedges, The dean of the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii at Manoa plans to retire on March 1, 2023.

OTHER ADMINISTRATORS
Meetings
Jamila Jefferson-Jones, professor of law at the University of Kansas School of Law, has been named associate dean for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Robert Link, director of human resources at the University of Findlay, has been named vice president for human resources at the University of Wyoming.

Stephanie Overton, director of development communications at Radford University, has been named senior director of communications for Virginia Tech’s Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer.

Eric Palkovacs, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, associate director of the Institute of Marine Sciences and director of the Fisheries Cooperative Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been named vice chancellor for strategic initiatives in the Office of Science.

Holly Parker, director of the Institute for North Atlantic Studies at the University of New England, has been named director of the Schiller Center for Coastal Studies at Bowdoin College.

Christopher Plowe, Founding director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been named director of the Duke Global Health Institute.

Damon L. Williams Jr., associate dean for diversity and inclusion at Northwestern University, has been named vice president of the University of Kentucky’s Office of Institutional Diversity.

Jasmine Young, former director of marketing at Def Jam Records and former associate professor of new media at New York’s Metropolitan College, has been named director of the Warner Music/Blavatnik Center for Music and Entertainment at the Howard University School of Business.

FACULTY
Meetings
Bill de Blasio, former mayor of New York, has been named a visiting fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

ORGANIZATIONS
Meetings
Noe Ortega, former Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, has been named Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education.

DEATHS
John Wesley Chandler, A former president of Hamilton College, died on August 5. He was 98 years old.

Frank Drake, Professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics and dean of natural sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, died on September 2. He was 92 years old.

Barbara Ehrenreich, the author Nickel and Dimed: (Not) Making it in America (2001), who also served as an associate professor in the health sciences program at the State University of New York at Old Westbury, died on September 1. He was 81 years old.

Joseph Marvin Higbee, former president of Utah Valley University, died Aug. 18. He was 89 years old.

Deborah Nichols, The Dartmouth College anthropology professor and president of the American Archaeological Society died July 27 of cancer. He was 70 years old.

Edward M. Penson, The former chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh died on July 27. He was 94 years old.

James Turner, The founding director of the Center for African Studies and Research at Cornell University died on August 6. He was 82 years old.

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