College President’s Report – September 2023



Temple Names Next President

Temple University appointed Dr. Richard M. Englert as acting president after the untimely death of JoAnne A. Epps in September. Dr. Englert has served Temple University in multiple roles over his 45 year career there, including serving as acting president twice and as president for five years prior to his retirement in 2021.

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Board Announces Fisk U President

The Fisk University Board has named Dr. Agenia Walker Clark as their next president. Dr. Clark most recently served as the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. She begins her presidency of the 158 year-old HBCU on November 6, 2023.

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Seventh President Announced at Norther Kentucky

Dr. Cady Short-Thompson will become the seventh president of Northern Kentucky University on October 2, 2023. Dr. Short-Thompson is currently the CEO and Executive Director of Breakthrough Cincinnati, a non-profit providing college prep programs to high need/potential middle and high school students.

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Cal State LA Names New President

California State University, Los Angeles’s next president will be Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes. Dr. Earns is currently the president of York College/CUNY. Eanes will become CSULA’s first female president on January 8, 2024.

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U-NOLA President Announced

Dr. Kathy Johnson will become the eighth president of the University of New Orleans. Dr. Johnson will be leaving Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where for the past eight years she has served as executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer.

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New President at North Seattle

Dr. Rachel Solemsaas has been named as interim president of North Seattle College. Dr. Solemsaas comes to North Seattle from Hawaii Community College where she served as chancellor for seven years.

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Vermont State Names Interim President

Dr. David G. Bergh has been named interim president of Vermont State University. Dr Bergh has held several positions within the Vermont State College System in the past but most recent he was president at Cazenovia College in New York which closed last June.

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New President Appointed at Wisconsin Parkside

University of Wisconsin–Parkside announced that Dr. Lynn D. Akey will become the university’s seventh president at the beginning of 2024. Dr. Akey is currently serving as vice president for student success at Minnesota State University.

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Mount Saint Mary College Interim Leader Named

Father Gregoire Fluet has been named interim president of Mount Saint Mary College in New York. Earlier in the year, Fr. Fluet was appointed acting president while the Board of Trustees searches for a new president.

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Yale President to Step Down

President Peter Salovey has announced his plans to step down as president at Yale University. Salovey has been president since 2013 and plans to return to his position on the faculty. He will leave his post next June.

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Arkansas Tech President Resigns

Arkansas Tech University terminated Dr. Robin E. Bowan while she was on extended medical leave following a scheduled surgery. Russel Jones has been appointed interim president.

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Resignation at Broward College

Dr. Greg Haile has resigned as the president of Broward College. The unexpected resignation caused the Board of Trustees to hold an unscheduled meeting the day following receipt of Dr. Haile’s resignation letter.

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New Hampshire President to Retire

Dr. James Dean, Jr., president of the University of New Hampshire, announced his plans to step down in June of 2024.

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Retirement Announced at Vermont System

Sophie Zdatny will step down as chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges System at the end of December. No interim replacement has been named at this time.

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Wagner College (NY) President Retiring

Dr. Angelo Araimo will retire as president of Wagner College in New York at the end of the 2023-24 academic year. Dr. Araimo has been president since 2022, though his career at Wagner College spans three decades.

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Ursuline President to Retire

Sister Christine De Vinne will retire as the president of Ursuline College effective June 30, 2024. Sister Chris, as she is known on campus, is an Ursuline graduate who will attend her 50th class reunion later this year.

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