President Leroy (Huero) Sanchez has been terminated from Luna Community College. Dr. Sanchez has been president since June 2015 and was being investigated for various issues. His last day in office was June 30. The college is currently searching for an interim president.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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’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.
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.