College President’s Report – April 2019

Appointments

Alabama System Appoint Permanent President

Trustees for the University of Alabama System have appointed Interim Chancellor Finis E. St. John to become the system’s permanent chancellor. St. John has served in an interim position since July 2018. He will begin his post immediately.

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New President Named at Boise State

Dr. Marlen Tromp has been named by the Idaho State Board of Education to become the next president at Boise State University. Tromp currently serves as provost at UC Santa Cruz. She will become the school’s first female president on July 1st.

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Danville State CC Hires Next President

Dr. Jacqueline Gill has been announced as the next president at Danville State Community College. Gill will succeed Dr. Bruce Scism who retired in December of 2018. She will begin her tenure this July.

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Former Emory & Henry Provost Promoted to President

John W. Wells has been unanimously approved by the board at Emory & Henry to become the institution’s next president. Wells currently serves as provost and will replace Jake Schrum as Emory & Henry’s 22nd president this July.

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Board Selects New President at Florida State College Jacksonville

Current president and CEO of Kankakee College, John Avendano, has been announced the next president of Florida State College at Jacksonville. Avendano will replace Interim President Kevin Hyde immediately.

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Pittsburgh Tech Names Next President

Alicia Harvey-Smith has been selected to become the next leader of Pittsburgh Technical College. Harvey-Smith currently acts as executive vice chancellor at Lone Star College in Houston. She will replace Interim President Eileen Steffan this July.

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Texas Lutheran with New President

Dr. Debbie Cottrell has been named the 16th president of Texas Lutheran University. Cottrell currently serves as the school’s VP for academic affairs. She will begin her leadership this summer.

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University of Idaho Announces Next President

Scott Green has been appointed the next president at the University of Idaho. Green is an alumnus and said, “My history with the University of Idaho is deep. I care about this place, its students, its faculty and staff and its alumni.” He will become the school’s 19th president on July 1st.

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New Chancellor at Western Carolina

Current provost at Georgia College and State University, Kelli R. Brown, has been elected by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to become Western Carolina’s 12th chancellor. Brown will begin on July 1st as the institution’s first female leader.

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Retirements

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

Vanderbilt Chancellor to Step Aside

Citing health concerns, Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos has announced his resignation. Zeppos will leave as the school’s leader in August and said, “I truly love Vanderbilt and serving you has been a privilege.” He will stay on as a law professor at the university.

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Bennington College President to Resign

Dr. Mariko Silver has announced that she will resign on July 1st to take over the Henry Luce Foundation in New York. Dr. Silver has served as president of Bennington since 2013.

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President of Macalester College Announces Resignation

Current Macalester College President Brian Rosenberg has announced that he intends to resign in May of 2020. Rosenberg has led the school for the past 16 years. He said, “I have made a promise to myself from day one that I try not to outstay my welcome.”

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Mistick to Resign at Wilson College

Dr. Barbara Mistick has announced her plan to resign from Wilson College at the end of the 2019 school year. Wilson has served the college since 2011 and said, “I am very proud of my time at Wilson College and the work we have accomplished together.” The board has appointed a committee to find its successor.

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