President’s Report – February 2018

Appointments

Harvard Names Next President

Harvard has announced that its next president will be former Tufts University President, Dr. Lawrence S. Bacow. Bacow will take over for Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust, who is resigning after 11 years at the helm. He will begin in June of this year.

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New President Announced at Bentley University

Former Dean of the Ross School of Business at Michigan, Dr. Alison Davis-Blake, has been appointed president of Bentley University. Dr. Davis-Blake will begin in July.

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William and Mary Selects First Female Presidet

Current provost of Smith College, Dr. Katherine A. Rowe, has been named the 28th president at William and Mary. Rowe said, “This is an institution that was founded by a woman as well as a man. It feels right.” She will succeed President W. Taylor Reveley III, who announced his plans to retire in June, 2018.

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Bluffton Announces Next President

Dr. Jane Wood has been selected to become the 10th president of Bluffton University in South Dakota. Wood will take over for Mr. James Harder, who will retire in June. Harder has served the school for the past 12 years.

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New President Announced at Chowan University

The Board at Chowan University has named Dr. Kirk Peterson to become the schools 23rd president. Peterson previously served as president at Urbana University in Ohio. He will begin his tenure on June 1, 2018.

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Gordan State Names New President

Dr. Kirk Nooks has been named the next president of Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia. Nooks is currently president at Metropolitan Community College Longview in Missouri. He will begin in June.

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Miles Davis Appointed President

Dr. Miles Davis has been appointed the 20th president of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. Currently dean of Shenandoah University’s school of business, Dr. Davis will begin at Linfield College this July.

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Lord Fairfax CC appoints New President

Dr. Kim Blosser has been appointed the next president of Lord Fairfax Community College. Blosser previously worked as LFCC’s provost. She is the school’s fifth president and began in early February.

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Marymount California Names Board Member President

Current CEO of Titan Oil Recovery Inc. and Board Member, Brian Marcotte, has been named president of Marymount California University. Marcotte was appointed after former president, Lucas Lamadrid was put on leave.

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Third President Picked at Pennsylvania CAD

Mr. Michael Molla has been named the next president of Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. Molla is currently VP of strategic initiatives at Maryland Institute College of Art. Molla replaces President Mary Heil, who will retire on July 1st.

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Quinnipiac Selects New President

For the first time in 30 years, Quinnipiac University has named a new president. Dr. Judy D. Olian has been selected to succeed President John Lahey in July. Olian is currently chair of management at UCLA’s school of management.

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New President Announced at San Diego State

Adela de la Torre has been named the ninth president of San Diego State University. De La Torre will become the school’s first female president at the end of June.

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Union College Picks New Leader

Dr. David Harris has been selected to become the next president of Union College in Schenectady, New York. Harris is currently the provost at Tufts University. He will replace current President Stephen Ainlay, who is retiring at the end of June.

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Retirements

Elizabethtown President Retiring

President Carl Strikwerda has announced that he will retire in June of next year. Strikwerda has served as president since 2011. The board will begin looking for the school’s next president in the upcoming months.

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Wagner President Announces Retirement

Dr. Richard Guarasci has announced that he will retire from Wagner University after 21 years at the helm. Guarasci will step down in June of 2019.

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Retirement at Wentworth Institute

The first female president of Wentworth Institute, Zorica Pantic, has announced that she will retire in May of 2019. Pantic served the school for the past 14 years.

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Resignations

Maryland Eastern Shore President to Resign

University of Maryland Eastern Shore President, Juliette Bell, has announced that she will leave her post early in June. Bell has served as president of the school since 2012.

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Spokane Falls CC President Resigns

The interim president at Spokane Falls CC has resigned after allegations of sexual harassment. Dr. Darren Pitcher became the schools acting president last summer.

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