The U.S. Education Secretary John King Rejects ACICS Appeal to Remain a Gatekeeper

The U.S. Department of Education Secretary John B. King Jr. and his staff with input from an independent advisory board denied an appeal from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to continue as gatekeeper between almost 300 colleges and billions of dollars in federal financial aid. This decision could severely impact about 600,000 students. ACICS will file a lawsuit seeking an injunction against the Education Secretary’s decision.

Northwest Florida State College Appoints Dr. Devin Stephenson Next President

Dr. Devin Stephenson was appointed the fourth president of Northwest Florida State College in early November. He currently serves as the president of Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Dr. Stephenson will assume his new duties as NWF State College president in early 2017. He will replace interim president Dr. Sasha Jarrell.

Leech Lake Tribal College Appoints Dr. Erma Vizenor as New President

Dr. Erma Vizenor was chosen as Leech Lake Tribal College’s new president. She replaces interim president Dr. Ginny Carney. Dr. Vizenor is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation and for the last 12 years was the White Earth tribal chair.

North Carolina Central U. Mourns Loss of Chancellor Dr. Debra Saunders-White

North Carolina Central University Chancellor Dr. Debra Saunders-White died Saturday, November 26. Dr. Saunders-White was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and was on a medical leave of absence since August 2016. Provost Dr. Johnson O. Akinleye has been named acting chancellor.

Duke University Names University of Pennsylvania Provost Vincent Price as Next President

Dr. Vincent Price, provost at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named president of Duke University. Dr. Price will assume his new duties as president in July 2017. He will replace Duke’s current president Richard Brodhead who steps down at the end of the current fiscal year.

Kansas State U. Names Richard Myers as Next President

Richard Myers, interim president of Kansas State University, was appointed the 14th president last month. He has been serving as interim president since April 2016. Mr. Myers is a retired four-star U.S. Air Force general and a K-state alumnus.

Cornell University Elects Martha E. Pollack as 14th President

Dr. Martha E. Pollack was named Cornell’s 14th president this month. She will assume her new position effective April 7, 2017. Currently Dr. Pollack is provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan. She will replace former president Elizabeth Garrett who died in March 2016 and the current interim president Hunter R. Rawlings III.

Yeshiva University Names Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman as Next President

Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman was appointed as Yeshiva University’s fifth president. He starts his new position effective July 2017. Currently Rabbi Berman is the head of Hechal Shlomo – Jewish Heritage Center in Jerusalem. Previously he served as rabbi of The Jewish Center in New York City.