College president's report

College President’s Report – July 2019

Appointments

New President Appointed at South Carolina

Former president of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Bob Caslen, has been named the next president at South Carolina. The appointment has been controversial as South Carolina’s Governor McMaster stepped in and forced a vote on Caslen while students and faculty were away from school. Caslen will start on August 1st as USC’s 29th president.

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Concordia St. Paul Announces Next President

Rev. Brian Friedrich has been selected as the next president at St. Paul’s Concordia University. Friedrich currently serves as president of Concordia Nebraska. He will become the school’s 10th president on January 1st.

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New President Named at Hampshire College

Edward Wingenbach has been announced as the new president of Hampshire College in Massachusetts. Wingenbach currently serves as acting president of Ripon College in Wisconsin. He will be the College’s eighth leader.

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Provost Promoted at the University of Missouri St. Louis

Pending approval by the University of Missouri Board, Dr. Kristin Sobolik will become the interim chancellor at UM – St. Louis. Sobolik is currently the acting provost and executive vice chancellor at the school. She will take over until a new, permanent chancellor is found.

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Interim President Named at St. John’s University

Dr. Eugene McAllister has been announced as interim president by the St. John’s University Board of Trustees. McAllister will replace Michael Hemesath, who announced his resignation on August 1st after seven years at the school.

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Stephen F. Austin Names New President

The Board at Stephen F. Austin State has named Dr. Scott Gordon as sole finalist for president. Gordon currently serves as provost for Eastern Washington University. If confirmed by regents of the state, Gordon will become president this fall.

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Retirements

Bismarck State College President Announces Retirement

President Larry C. Skogen has announced his plans to retire in June of 2020. Skogen was the school’s sixth president and has served the college for the past twelve years.

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Paine College President Retires, Acting President Announced

Dr. Jerry Hardee has announced, due to health problems, his retirement as president of Paine College. Hardee plans to stay on to “render support throughout the transition” as current provost, Dr. Cheryl Evans Jones, will become acting president.

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Dubois to Retire from UNC Charlotte

Effective next June, Chancellor Philip Dubois will retire from UNC Charlotte. Dubois has served as chancellor for the past fifteen years. The school has grown 43 percent since Dubois became its leader in 2005.

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Resignations

Auburn University President Resigns

After two years at the helm, Auburn University President Dr. Steven Leath has suddenly stepped down as president. Leath and members of the board of trustees’ presidential assessment group decided on the decision.

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President Steps Down at Hollins University, Interim Announced

Hollins’ University President Pareena Lawrence has resigned from her position citing “interest in international education and development.” Lawrence served as president for the past two years. Retired Hollins University President Nancy Oliver Gray has been appointed interim president for the upcoming school year, starting on August 12.

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Mount Union President Resigns

President Richard Merriman Jr. has announced that he will resign as president at the end of the 2019-20 school year. Merriman has served as Mount Union President for the past 2 years. A search for the university’s 13th president will begin shortly.

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Rutgers University President to Step Down

President Robert Barchi has announced his plan to resign as Rutgers University President at the end of the 2020 school year. Barchi plans to take a year’s sabbatical and return as a professor. He said, “I am very excited about where Rutgers is now.”

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