College President’s Report – March 2019

Appointments

University of Southern California Selects Former UNC Chancellor as President

Carol L. Folt has been selected by the USC Board of Trustees to become the school’s 12th president. Folt previously served as the first female chancellor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She will begin her tenure at USC on July 1st.

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Colorado State Announces New President

CSU has announced that current provost and VP for academic affairs at West Virginia University, Joyce McConnell, will become the institutions next president. McConnell will replace President Tony Frank on July 1st. She is the first female president in CSU’s history.

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Endicott College Names New President

Steven DiSalvo has been named the next president of Endicott College. DiSalvo currently serves president of Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. He will start on July 1st.

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New Chancellor at Indiana South Bend

The board of trustees at Indiana University has named Susan Elrod as the institution’s next chancellor. Elrod currently serves as provost at UW-Whitewater. She will begin on July 1st.

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Judson College Elects New Leader

Mark Tew has been named as the next president of Judson College in Alabama. Tew will succeed David Potts, who passed away last year. He will begin immediately.

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Luther College Names Next President

Dr. Jenifer Ward has been selected to become Luther College’s 11th president. Ward currently serves as provost and dean at Centenary College of Louisiana. She will replace President Paula J. Carlson in July.

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Permanent President Found at Murray State

Board of Regents at Murray State have named current interim president, Dr. Bob Jackson, to become the institutions permanent leader. Jackson became interim president last August. He became the 14th president on March 1st.

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New President at Nassau CC

Dr. Jermaine Williams has been announced as the next president of Nassau Community College in New York. He is currently VP for student affairs at North Shore CC and will become the school’s 7th president this July.

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Southwest Minnesota State Names President

Kumara Jayasuriya has been named by the board of trustees at Minnesota State to become the school’s next president. Dr. Jayasuriya is the current provost at West Virginia State. He will begin as the Minnesota State’s 10th president on July 1st.

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Hibbs in as President at University of Dallas

Dr. Thomas Hibbs has been announced as the 9th president at the University of Dallas. Hibbs currently serves as dean of the Honors College at Baylor University. He will begin as president July 1st.

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Chairman of Board to Become President of the University of Mobile

Upon the resignation of President Tim Smith, the board has appointed its head chairman, Fred Wilson to become the school’s interim president. A nationwide search for a new president has begun.

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University of Southern Florida Announces New President

Steven Currall has been selected by the University of South Florida Board of Trustees to become the school’s next president. Currall Currently serves as the provost and VP for academic affairs at Southern Methodist University. He will begin this July.

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UT El Paso with New President

The University of Texas System has appointed U.S. Airforce Secretary Heather Wilson to become the next president at the University of Texas El Paso. She will begin June 19th.

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Retirements

Bethel University President to Retire

President Jay Barnes has announced his plans to retire from the university. Barnes has served as president since July of 2008. President Barnes said, “It has been a blessing and one of my life’s greatest joys to serve and be part of the Bethel community.” His last day will be June 30th 2020.

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Retirement Announced at MacMurray College

After four years as president of MacMurray College, Mark Tierno has announced his plans to retire. Tierno will leave on July 1st.

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University of Missouri St. Louis Chancellor to Retire

Chancellor Tom George has announced his retirement from the University of Missouri St. Louis. George has served the school for the past 16 years and said “It has been the greatest experience of my professional life to serve as chancellor of UMSL and to represent the students, faculty, staff and alumni in our efforts alongside numerous community and business organizations.”

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Resignations

Staton to Resign from ECU

East Carolina University President Cecil P. Staton has announced he will step down this May. Staton has served as chancellor since 2016. Some site the school’s unimpressive athletics program, and more specifically the football program, as major reasons for the resignation.

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Small College Struggle

College President’s Report – February 2019

Appointments

UNC-Chapel Hill Names Interim Chancellor

Kevin Guskiewicz has been named interim chancellor at UNC. Guskiewicz was appointed by Interim UNC-system President Bill Roper earlier this month. Guskiewicz has served as the dean of College of Arts and Sciences at UNC since 2016. He will begin his tenure as interim chancellor immediately.

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University of Vermont Appoints Next President

Dr. Suresh Garimella has been named the future president at the University of Vermont. Garimella currently serves as executive VP for research and partnerships at Purdue University. He will begin his tenure on July 1st 2019.

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Queens College President to Become Leader at CUNY New York

CUNY New York Board of Trustees have selected Felix Matos Rodriguez, current president of Queens College, to become the university’s next president. He will begin his tenure this May.

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New President Named at Clarke University

Thom D. Chesney has been announced as the 16th president of Clarke University. Chesney was voted in unanimously by the Board of Trustees earlier this month. Currently serving as president of Brookhaven College, Chesney will begin his leadership roll at Clarke in July.

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Anne Houtman Selected as New President at Earlham

Earlham College has picked Anne Houtman, current provost at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, to become the institution’s next president. Houtman will begin her tenure on July 1st.

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges Names New President

Dr. Joyce P. Jacobsen has been named the 29th president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Jacobsen currently serves as provost at Wesleyan University. She will succeed interim President Patrick McGuire on July 1st.

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Lindenwood Fires President, Appoints Interim

Michael Shonrock has been fired as president of the Lindenwood University System. Shonrock will be replaced by Interim President Art Johnson. Johnson currently serves as Chairman of the Board at Lindenwood and will begin immediately.

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New President Announced at Norfolk State

Javaune Adams-Gaston has been named to the presidency at Norfolk State University. Adams-Gaston currently serves as VP for student life at Ohio State. She will begin her leadership in Virginia in mid-June.

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Pepperdine Appoints Next President

Current associate dean for strategic planning and law professor at the Pepperdine Law School, James A. Gash, has been named the president of Pepperdine University. Gash will replace current president, Andrew Benton, on August 1st. He will become the school’s 8th president.

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Rutgers-New Brunswick Appoints Next Chancellor

Christopher Malloy has been named the new, permanent president at Rutgers University New Brunswick. Malloy has served as interim president since this summer and previously as senior VP for research and economic development at the institution. He will begin his permanent tenure immediately.

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UCF Announces Next President

Following the resignation of Dale Whittaker in mid-February, Thad Seymour Jr. has been named president of the University of Central Florida. Seymour Jr. previously served as VP for partnerships and chief innovation officer at UCF.

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Retirements

Eckerd College President to Retire

Donald R. Eastman III has announced that he will retire as president from Eckerd College. Eastman has served for the past 18 years and will leave in the summer of 2020. A search committee has been contracted to find his replacement.

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Skidmore President Announces Retirement

Current Skidmore College President, Philip Glotzbach, has announced that he will retire in May of 2020. Glotzbach has served the school since 2003.

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Libby to Retire from Stetson

Wendy Libby has announced her retirement from Stetson University in Florida. Libby has served as president of the school for the past decade. She said, “I’m very proud of the way we have been able to grow enrollment at a time that has not always been hospitable for private education, including law education.” Libby plans to serve as an advisor under the board’s request upon retirement.

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Resignations

University of Mobile President Resigns

President Timothy Smith informed the Board of Trustees at the University of Mobile of his resignation last month. Smith has served as president since 2016 and cited personal reasons for departing. Plans to ensure a smooth transition are currently being finalized by the Board of Trustees.

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