Hickey College in St. Louis to Shut Down Soon

Hickey College which consists of a culinary institute and a veterinary technology institute, has announced it will close soon. This is due mainly to Hickey’s low enrollment. The school will remain open for approximately 18 months to allow current students to finish their education.

City College of San Francisco Appoints Mark Rocha Next Chancellor

CCSF has named Dr. Mark Rocha as its next chancellor. The Board of Trustees approved his contract last week and Rocha will assume leadership July 1, 2017. He succeeds the current interim chancellor Ms. Susan E. Lamb. CCSF has not had a permanent chancellor since 2015.

University of Connecticut Names Holly Jeffcoat Interim Vice Provost for University Libraries

Martha Bedard, vice provost for libraries at University of Connecticut (UConn), retires July 20, 2017. UConn has selected Holly Jeffcoat as the interim vice provost for libraries until Bedard’s replacement is found. Currently Jeffcoat is UConn’s assistant vice provost for libraries.

University of California Riverside Names Prof. Shaun Bowler next Dean of Graduate Division

University of California Riverside professor Shaun Bowler will become the next dean of the Graduate Division effective July 1, 2017. Bowler has been teaching at UCR for the past 28 years. He is both excited and nervous about taking on this new responsibility.

Dr. L. Gregory Jones is Stepping Down as Baylor Provost and Exec. VP

Dr. L. Gregory Jones will return to Duke University in a faculty position effective June 30, 2017. Jones has been Baylor University’s EVP and Provost since May 16, 2016. Baylor will name an interim provost in the near future.

Ohio President Duane Nellis Names David Descutner Interim Exec VP and Provost

On his first day in office Ohio University President Duane Nellis appointed Dr. David Descutner as interim EVP and Provost. Descutner succeeds Dr. Pam Benoit who went to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Descutner starts his new position July 1, 2017.

Former Ivy League President Dr. Ruth Simmons to Lead Prairie View A&M University

Prairie View A&M University names Dr. Ruth Simmons as interim president. Dr. Simmons was formerly president of Brown University for 11 years. She succeeds current President George Wright who announced his retirement this June. Dr. Simmons will begin her new job July 1, 2017.

Vernon College Dean Dr. Gary Harkey Dies in Crash

Vernon College’s dean of instructional services, Dr. Gary Harkey, died in a truck accident last week. According to officials his front left tire blew out on his pick-up. The truck rolled multiple times and Harkey was ejected from the vehicle. Dr. Harkey worked at Vernon College for 8 years.

Ferrum College Releases President Joseph Spooner from his Contract

Dr. Joseph Spooner, president of Ferrum College, was released from his contract 3 months early. There was no clear reason given for the dismissal. Chris Burnley, vice president of business, has been named the interim top executive on campus.

Eastern Idaho Technical College to Become College of Eastern Idaho

Voters in Bonneville County, ID have approved the transition of Eastern Idaho Technical College (EITC) into the College of Eastern Idaho (CEI). EITC president Dr. Rick Aman hopes to have a “soft launch” of the community college by the end of August 2017. For that to happen the Idaho State Board of Education must appoint a board of trustees for CEI and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities must approve the accreditation of several associate degrees.