College President’s Report – August 2018


Central Michigan Announces New President

Dr. Robert O. Davies has been named the new president of Central Michigan University. Davies said, “I am honored, humbled and I am privileged to serve you as the 15th president of Central Michigan University.” Davies’s first day at the helm is September 1st.

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Next President Named at Albany State

The Board of Regents has named Marion Fedrick the next leader of Albany State University. Before coming to Albany State, Fedrick served as vice chancellor for human resources at the University System of Georgia. She has been serving as interim president at Albany State for the past 8 months and will begin her permanent position immediately.

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Bay State College Appoints New President

Dr. Mark DeFusco has been named president of Bay State College in Boston. Defusco previously served as senior research associate at USC’s school of education. He began his role at Bay State this August.

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New President Announced at New England Conservatory

Current dean of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Andrea Kalyn, has been named the next president of the New England Conservatory. Kalyn has served Oberlin for the past nine years. She will begin her tenure at the New England Conservatory on January 1st, 2019.

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Johnson and Wales University System Names President of Four Campuses

Dr. Mim L. Runey has been named the next chancellor of the four Johnson and Wales University Campuses. She will become the university’s third chancellor in the past 104 years in October. Runey said, “I am honored to have been chosen to lead this institution dedicated to students’ intellectual and personal growth during this time of rapid change in higher education.”

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Board Confirms Next President at Texas A&M Commerce

Dr. Mark Rudin has been approved by the Texas A&M Board of Regents to become the new president of Texas A&M University Commerce. Rudin previously served as vice president for research and economic development at Boise State University. He replaces Dr. Ray Keck, who left his post on August 31st.

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Brenau University President Retiring

Dr. Ed L. Shrader has announced his plans to retire in 2019. Shrader has served Brenau University for the past 15 years as president, becoming the 9th leader in 2005. Dr. Shrader said, “Serving as Brenau University’s president has been the highlight of my career.” A search for Shrader’s replacement will begin this fall.

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Concordia University – St. Paul President to Retire

Dr. Thomas Ries has announced his retirement at the end of the next academic year. Ries has served as president of St. Paul since 2011. A successor will be announced later this fall.

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President to Retire at Martin University

Eugene White has announced his plans to retire from Martin University next June. White has served the university since 2013. The Board plans to fined a replacement by the end of this year.

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Texas Tech University System Chancellor Retiring

Mr. Robert Duncan has announced that he will retire from his post as head of the Texas Tech System effective August 31st. Duncan has led the system for the past four years and said, “At 65, it’s time to retire, move on and begin to tackle new challenges.” No details about a successor have been released.

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Retirement Announced at the University of Lynchburg

Dr. Kenneth Garren has announced his plans to retire after 17 years at Lynchburg. Garren said, “What I take the greatest pride in are the students that graduate from here.” He plans to officially leave office in 2020.

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USC President Resigns

Dr. C.L. Max Nikias has resigned from the University of Southern California. Most recently his tenure was tarnished by a series of scandals including misconduct by a longtime doctor toward female students. The USC Board said in a letter that, “something is broken and that urgent and profound actions are needed.” Nikias will continue on at USC as a tenured professor.

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Resignation Announced at Benedictine University

Benedictine University President, Michael S. Brophy, has announced that he will leave the school on a year long sabbatical. Brophy has served as Benedictine’s president since 2015. Charles Gregory, former Benedictine executive vice president, will step in as interim president.

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Vermont President to Step Down

Dr. Thomas Sullivan has announced that he will step down as president at the University of Vermont in June of 2019. Sullivan has led the school for the past seven years and said, “After research leave to complete a book, I look forward to joining the UVM faculty full time.”

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