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.

President Mirta Martin of Fort Hays State University Resigns

Fort Hays State University President Mirta Martin resigned suddenly last week. The resignation was effective immediately. Dr. Martin cited personal reasons for her abrupt departure. FHSU vice president for admin & finance Mike Barnett will serve as acting president until an interim is appointed.

Indiana Tech Law School Closing in June 2017

Indiana Tech is closing its law school effective June 30, 2017. This is due to a significant decline in law school applicants. The law school is currently operating at a nearly $20 million loss. Students in their final year will be able to complete the year with Indiana Tech law school and graduate in May 2017.

Dr. Richard Senese Becomes Capella University’s New President

Dr. Richard Senese was appointed permanent president of Capella University in early November. He has served as interim president for the last ten months and is also VP of academic affairs and CAO at Capella. Dr. Senese will continue in his role as VPAA and CAO.

Stanford University Appoints Dr. Persis Drell as Next Provost

Stanford’s Dean of the School of Engineering, Dr. Persis Drell, has been chosen as Stanford’s new provost. Dr. Drell is Stanford’s first woman dean of engineering and will be its second-ever female provost. Her new position is effective February 1, 2017, replacing current provost Dr. John Etchemendy.

Northwest Florida State College Chooses Dr. Devin Stephenson as Next President

Dr. Devin Stephenson has been selected as Northwest State College’s next president. He is currently president of Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Kentucky. Dr. Stephenson will replace Dr. Sasha Jarrell who is serving as interim president since January 2016.

The South Texas College of Law Changes Name Again to South Texas College of Law Houston

When South Texas College of Law changed its name to Houston College of Law in June, the University of Houston quickly sued the college over trademark infringement. To resolve the dispute promptly, the college changed its name again to South Texas College of Law Houston. There has been no comment from UH regarding this name change.

Southern Crescent Technical College Names Dr. Alvetta Thomas as New President

Southern Crescent Technical College appointed Dr. Alvetta Thomas as its new president. She is currently the president of Atlanta Technical College and starts her new position at SCTC on December 1, 2016. Dr. Thomas will replace Dr. Randall Peters upon his retirement