College President’s Report April-May

Appointments

University of Nebraska Names Prime Candidate for President

Joanne Li has been named the prime candidate for chancellor at the University of Nebraska. She will become the first woman of color to take the position (after a 30 day public vetting period).

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CUNY Medgar Evers Names First African American President

Dr. Patricia Ramsey has been announced as the first woman to lead CUNY Medgar Evers in Brooklyn. She previously served as the Senior Executive Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. She will begin May 1st.

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Board names Sixth President at Holy Family

The board of Trustees has announced that Dr. Anne M. Prisco will become the school’s Sixth president. She will begin in July of 2021

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New President Named at Indiana

Pamela Whitten, current president of Kennesaw State, has been named the 19th President of Indiana University. She will begin her tenure on July 1st 2021.

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Interim President Announced by Board at Oregon State

The Board of Trustees at Oregon State has voted to place Rebecca Johnson as the school’s interim president. Johnson has served as VP of OSU – Cascades since 2009. She will begin her interim presidency on May 1st and serve until a permanent president is appointed.

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Interim President Selected at Iowa

Board of Regents have selected Iowa’s Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate College, John Keller, to serve as Iowa’s interim president. Current president Bruce Harreld announced his retirement in October 2020.Keller will begin on May 17.

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Dr. Susan Poser Appointed President at Hofstra   

The board at Hofstra University has approved that Dr. Susan Poser will become the school’s next president. Poser currently serves as provost and vice chancellor for academics at the University of Illinois Chicago. She will become the schools first female president on August 1st.

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Claremont Lincoln President Announces New Leader

Claremont Lincoln has announced that Dr. Lynn Priddy will become the school’s next president. Priddy will begin on April 1st and replace tony Digiovanni who is retiring and remaining on the board of directors.

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North Shore CC Names Next Leader

William Heineman has been named the next president at North Shore Community College. Is the current provost at Northern Essex CC.

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Northern Penn Names Next President

The Board of Trustees has named Susan Snelick to become the schools next president. Snelick will begin this summer.

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OKC University Hires New President

Oklahoma City University has announced that current president of Lamar University, Kenneth Evans, will become the school’s new president. He will become the 19th president on July 1st 2021.

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Board Selects Next President at Oklahoma State

The Oklahoma State University A&M Board of regents has picked Dr. Kayse Shrum to become the schools 19th president. Shrum currently serves as president of the OSU Center for Health and Sciences in Tulsa Oklahoma. Shrum will become the school’s first female leader on July 1st.

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Point Park University Selects Next President

Point Park University has approved Donald J. Green as the university’s 8th president.  Green is the current president of Georgia Highlands College in Rome. He will begin this summer after the retirement of Dr. Paul Hennigan.

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Rhode Island Names New President

The Board of Trustees at The University of Rhode Island has named Marc Parlange President of the school. Parlange currently serves as provost at Monash University in Australia and will begin in August.

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New President at Tulsa

Brad Carson has been named the next president at Tulsa University. He will begin his tenure on July 21st 2021

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VMI Announces Next President

Major General Cedric Wins will become the next leader of the Virginia Military Institute. Wins graduated in 1985 and began his interim leadership last year.

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Lehigh President Selected         

The Lehigh Board has announced the selection of Joseph J. Helble to become the school’s next president. Helble currently serves as the Lehigh’s provost and will begin his presidency on August 16.

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Nevada State Announces New President

Regents have approved DeRionne Pollard to become Nevada State’s next president. Pollard is the current president at Montgomery College in Maryland.

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New Chancellor Selected at Rutgers – Camden

Antonio D. Tillis has been announced as the next Chancellor at Rutgers – Camden. Tillis will begin his post on July 1st 2021.

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Iowa Announces Next President

Barbara Wilson has been announced as the 22nd president of the University of Iowa. Wilson currently serves as executive VP and VP for academic affairs for the University of Illinois System. She will begin her roll as president on July 15th, 2021.

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Retirements

Dominican President Set to Retire

Donna Carroll has announced that she will retire as president from Dominican University. Carroll has served the school for 27 years and will leave at the end of this academic year.

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Howard Community College President to Retire

Dr. Kathleen Hetherington has announced that she plans leave her post as president at Howard Community College. Hetherington has served as the school’s leader since 2007 and will retire on October 1, 2021.

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Southern Oregon President Retiring

President Linda Schott has announced her intention to retire as president by the end of 2021. Schott said, “this was a fitting time for her to pass leadership on.”

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Resignations

Seattle President to Resign

Seattle Pacific President Daniel Martin has announced that he will resign from his position effective April 5,2021. Martin served as leader for 9 years.

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Tuskegee University President Resigns

Gilbert L Rochon has announced that he is resigning from his post immediately. Dr Rochon served for six years. No reason was given for the resignation.

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Southern Oregon President Retiring

President Linda Schott has announced her intention to retire as president by the end of 2021. Schott said, “this was a fitting time for her to pass leadership on.”

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Marshall University President to Step Down

President Jerome A. Gilbert has announced that he will resign at the end of his term, which ends in July 2022. Gilbert said, “for a variety of personal and professional reasons, I have informed the Board of Governors that I will not seek an extension of my current contract and will be stepping down from my position effective July 15, 2022.”

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Oregon State University President Resigns

Oregon State President, F. King Alexander, has announced his resignation. The resignation comes on the heels of outrage stemming from his role in the LSU sexual misconduct scandal.

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College president's report

College President’s Report March 2021

Appointments

Texas A&M Names Sole Finalist for President       

The Board of Regents for Texas A&M has named Dr. Katherine Banks as the finalist for President at the school. Banks is the current Vice Chancellor of Engineering and Dean of Texas A&M College of Engineering.

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University of Chicago Announces Next President

Paul Alivisatos has been named the next president at the University of Chicago. Alivisatos is the current Vice Chancellor and Provost at Cal Berkeley. He will succeed Robert J. Zimmer on September 1st, 2021.

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Richmond Appoints New President

The Board at the University of Richmond has named Kevin Hallock to become the school’s 11th president. Hallock is the current dean of business at Cornell and will begin his presidency in the Fall of 2021.

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Bentley University Names Next President    

Dr. Brent Chrite has been announced as the next president at Bentley University. Chrite currently serves as president at Bethune-Cookman University. He will begin his tenure on June 1st 2021.

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New President Announced at Carlow

Carlow University has named Kathy Humphrey as the school’s next president. Humphrey, current senior VP for engagement at Pittsburgh, will become Carlow’s 11th president on July 1st.

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Carter Named New President at Lawrence University

Laurie A. Carter, current president at Shippensburg College, has been named the 17th president of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Carter will become the school’s first BIPOC president and begins on July 1st.

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Interim President Appointed at Guilford

Jim Hood has been announced as interim president at Guilford College. Hood will replace Carol Moore immediately.

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LeTourneau University Has New President

Steven D. Mason has been selected to become the 7th president of LeTourneau University. Mason, current provost at LeTourneau, has served the school for the past 15 years and will begin immediately.

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Minnesota State Mankato Names Next President

Board of Trustees for the Minnesota State College System has announced that Edward Inch will become the next president of Minnesota State Mankato. Inch Currently serves as provost at Cal State East Bay. He will become the school’s 13th president on July 1st.

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Misericordia Appoints New President

The Board at Misericordia University as approved the appointment of Daniel J. Myers as the school’s next president. Myers currently serves as professor and acting chair of sociology at American University. He will begin on July 1st 2021.

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Northern Arizona Names President

Dr. Jose Luis Cruz has been announced as the 17th president at Northern Arizona University. Cruz currently serves as executive vice chancellor and provost at CUNY. He will begin as president up final approvement from the Arizona Board of Regents.

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New President Announced at Ramapo College

Cindy R. Jebb has been named the 5th president at Ramapo College. Jebb will replace President Peter Mercer, who announced his retirement in September of 2019. She will begin on July 6th 2021.

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Saint Mary’s College of California Names President

Richard Plumb has been appointed the 30th president of Saint Mary’s College of California. Plumb currently serves as provost at St. Thomas Minnesota. He will begin on July 1st 2021.

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New President Announced at Samford

Beck A. Taylor has been approved to become the 19th president of Samford University. Taylor currently serves as president at Whitworth University. He will begin his tenure on July 1st.

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Xavier Names New President

Current president of La Salle University, Colleen M. Hanycz, has been named the next president at Xavier University. Hanycz will begin in June 2021.

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SC Upstate Names New Chancellor

The University of South Carolina’s Board has approved the appointment of Bennie L. Harris as the next chancellor of South Carolina Upstate. Harris will begin his position as president on July 1st.

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University of Toledo Announces New President

Dr. Gregory Postel has been selected to become the 18th president of The University of Toledo. Postel has been serving as interim president since last July.

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Retirements

Northwestern President Announces Retirement

President Morton Schapiro has announced his retirement from Northwestern University. Schapiro has led the school since 2009. He will officially retire in August of 2022.

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Ferris State President to Retire

President David L. Eisler has announced his plan to retire in June of 2022. Eisler became FSU’s President in 2003 and said, “Working at Ferris State Uiversity is a privilege, and it has been my honor to serve as president.” A search for the school’s next president will begin in the next few months.

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Resignations

Memphis President to Step Down

University of Memphis President David Rudd has announced his plan to step down in 2022. Rudd will continue to teach at the school and said, “As a tenured member of the faculty, I have decided to return to the important work of teaching, scientific research and clinical care I set aide 15 years ago when I transitioned to senior administration.” The university’s board has called a special meeting to discuss the executive search process.

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Master’s University President Resigns

Master’s University and Seminary President, Sam Thorn, has resigned from the school. He was the university’s third president form 2019 – February of 2021.

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College administrator Turnover

College Administrator Data/Turnover Rates: 2018-Present

New research from Higher Education Publications, Inc. indicates that top-level positions at colleges and universities are experiencing some of the highest employee turnover rates when compared to other administrators. Our analysis tracked administrators at accredited colleges and universities in the United States and found that presidents, chancellors and provosts were three of the top fifteen positions with the highest administrative turnover in the last 36 months. Provosts were number one in turnover.

Noted are the top 15 turnover percentages for college administrators tracked in the HEP, Inc. database since April 2018, or 36 months.

    1. Provosts 50%
    2. Dean of Education 44%
    3. Dean of Art and Science 42%
    4. Director of Branch Campus 42%
    5. Dean of Business 42%
    6. Director of Institutional Advancement 41%
    7. Director of Enrollment Management 39%
    8. Director of Diversity 39%
    9. Director of Admissions 39%
    10. Chief Financial/Business Officer 37%
    11. Chief Student Affairs/Student Life Officer 37%
    12. Associate Academic Officer 37%
    13. Chief Executive Officer (President/Chancellor) 36%
    14. Chief HR Officer 35%
    15. Director of Student Housing 35%

*Positions listed required a minimum of 700 reported administrator counts to be included. Administrator turnover rates are pulled from schools that reported that particular position in 2018 and 2021.

  • The average turnover rate of 125 different administrator positions tracked by HEP Inc. was 34%.
  • Of the 3,391 provosts reported by schools in The Higher Education Directory in 2018 and 2021, 1,691 or 50% are new as of April 2021.
  • Presidents and chancellors are 13th on the list with a total of 1,502 out of 4,135, or 36% being new.
  • Rounding out the bottom of the list with the lowest percentage turnover are directors of institutional research with 26% changed.

When compared to other administrators, the cause for such high-level turnover in presidents and provosts can be linked to many diverse issues such as growing financial instability, COVID, and faculty and Board pressures. Also, traditionally colleges and universities have made leadership selections from within, minimizing risk. According to the American Council on Education, 60 percent of current presidents at doctoral-granting universities were once provosts prior to accepting presidency. However, another study released by ACE found that only 30 percent of current provosts plan to pursue presidency. As a result, traditionally qualified presidents are becoming harder to find, thus creating a higher risk of turnover through a limited supply of conventional talent.

According to Roland King, former VP for public affairs at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (an association of more than 1,000 private non-profit college presidents), finding qualified presidents is increasingly complicated. King says that half of exiting presidents in 2018 had a tenure of 10 years and that following an established president has its positives and negatives. He said, “certainly, long tenure indicates some level of institutional stability, and often a supportive board of trustees, but it also can point toward institutional atrophy. An administration can get lulled into a ‘way we’ve always done it’ mentality, ignore danger signs and fight change and innovation.”

According to R. William Funk, CEO of R. William Funk & Associates, “There has recently been a spate of presidents stepping down or retiring under a cloud of controversy. In some cases, the departure of the president has been hastened by wrongful deeds perpetuated by subordinates, while others are victims of greater student and faculty activists, board dysfunction, or the accumulation of controversial decisions they have made. Rightly or wrongly, the buck stops at the feet of the president.”

COVID-19 has undoubtedly increased issues facing upper level administrators since spring of 2019. According to an ACE survey done between April and July of 2020, currently the most pressing issues for presidents include long term financial viability, mental health of students, faculty and staff, and sustaining an online learning environment. According to Larry Lad, a senior consultant at the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, “Leadership is situational and presidents who were put into place to make incremental changes in a relatively stable environment can no longer count on the same set of skills to carry them through the coming months in years.”

Only time will tell whether top leaders can execute an acute understanding of today’s complex issues that are increasingly leading to involuntary turnover.  It’s difficult to predict whether COVID will keep turnover rates up, however you can stay up-to-date with college and university administrators through HigherEd Direct – the database used to compile this research article: Free Trial Here.

President’s Report January/February 2021

Appointments

Austin Peay Names New President

Michael Licari has been named the 11th president at Austin Peay State University. Licari was approved by the board of trustees on December 21st. Licari previously served as provost at Indiana State University

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Next President Announced at Central Washington

Central Washington University has named James Wohlpart as its next president. Wohlpart currently serves as provost at Northern Iowa. He will begin his term on July 31st.

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Colorado College Appoints New President

The board at Colorado College as announced that L. Song Richards will become the school’s next president. Richards is the current dean of UC Irvine’s school of Law. She will become CC’s 14th president on July 1st and succeeds President Jill Tiefenthaler.

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ECU Names Next Chancellor

Dr. Philip G. Rogers has been announced as the next chancellor at East Carolina University. Rogers will begin as ECU’s 12th chancellor on March 15th.

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Interim President Appointed at Flagler College

John Delaney, former Jacksonville Mayor, has been appointed interim chancellor at Flagler College. Delaney will begin his tenure in July and will replace Joseph Joyner, who retired last November.

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Guttman CC Names New President

The SUNY Board of Trustees has selected Larry D. Johnson to become the next president of Guttman CC. Johnson is the current president at Phoenix College, a public CC in Arizona. He will begin on July 1st. 2021.

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Dr. Susan Poser Appointed President at Hofstra   

The board at Hofstra University has approved that Dr. Susan Poser will become the school’s next president. Poser currently serves as provost and vice chancellor for academics at the University of Illinois Chicago. She will become the schools first female president on August 1st.

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Lehman College Names Next President       

Fernando Delgado has been selected as the next leader at Lehman College in the Bronx. Delgado is the current executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He will begin at Lehman on July 1st 2021.

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North Carolina CC System Elects New President

Thomas Stith III has been selected by the State Board of Community Colleges to lead the NC Community College System. Stith said, “My vision for the North Carolina Community College System is guided by the principle that education translates into opportunity.” He began his tenure on January 11th.

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Plumb Named Next President at Saint Mary’s College

Richard Plumb will become Saint Mary’s College’s 30th president on July 1st. He currently serves as provost at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Plumb will replace James Donahue, who announced his retirement at the end of this academic year.

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19th President Announced at St. Lawrence University

Trustees have approved Kathryn A Morris to become the next president at St. Lawrence University. Morris currently serves as provost at Butler University. She will begin on July 1st 2021.

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Interim President Named at Texas A&M

John L. Junkins, current engineer professor and director of the Hagler Institute, has been appointed interim president at Texas A&M. Junkins will serve until a presidential search is finished.

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UMass Dartmouth Announces Interim Chancellor

Mark Fuller has been announced the interim chancellor at UMass Dartmouth. Fuller previously served as vice chancellor for advancement at UMass Amherst. He began as interim president on January 19th.

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New President Selected for the University of Maryland Global Campus

Gregory Fowler has been appointed the new leader of University of Maryland Global Campus. Fowler previously served as president at Southern New Hampshire University’s Global Campus. He will begin on January 4th.

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Xavier Names New President

Current president of La Salle University, Colleen M. Hanycz, has been named the next president at Xavier University. Hanycz will begin in June 2021.

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Wake Forest Names Next President   

The board of trustees at Wake Forest University has named Susan R. Wente as the school’s next president. Wente, current provost at Vanderbilt University, will become Wake’s 14th president. Her tenure will begin on July 1st of this year.

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Belmont University Announces New Pressident

Dr. L. Gregory Jones has been appointed as the next president at Belmont University. Dr. Jones currently serves as the dean of Duke’s Divinity School. He will succeed Dr. Bob Fisher, who is retiring, on June 1st, 2021.

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Lehman College Names Next President       

Fernando Delgado has been selected as the next leader at Lehman College in the Bronx. Delgado is the current executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He will begin at Lehman on July 1st 2021.

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President Appointed at Greenville University

Suzanne Davis has been appointed by the Greenville University Board of Trustees to become the school’s next president. Davis has served as interim president since May of 2020, after the resignation of Ivan Filby.

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New Year, New President at Holy Cross

Current Boston College Law Dean, Vincent Rougeau, has been selected to become the next president at Holy Cross University. Rougeau will begin his tenure on July 1st of this year.

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Knox College Announces New President

Trustees at Knox College have approved the appointment of Andrew McGadney as the school’s 20th president. McGadney currently serves as the VP and dean of student advancement at Colby College. He will replace Teresa Amott, who is retiring, on July 1st.

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Olivet Names Next President

Current president of Bethel University, Dr. Gregg Chenoweth, has been announced as the next president at Olivet Nazarene University. He will begin his role on June 1st, replacing Dr. John C. Bowling, who announced his retirement in August of 2019.

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President Appointed at Southern University at New Orleans.

Board of supervisors at Southern University have approved the appointment of James Ammons Jr. as the school’s permanent chancellor. Ammons Jr. has served as interim chancellor since November of 2019. He will begin immediately.

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St. Augustine University Names President

Dr. Christine McPhail has been appointed the 13th president of St. Augustine University in Raleigh, NC. McPhail will replace his widow, Dr. Irving McPhail, who passed away in October.

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Retirements

Hampton University President to Retire

William R. Harvey has announced his plans to retire in June of 2022. Harvey has served the school for more than four decades.

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Georgia System Chancellor to Retire

Steve Wrigley will retire after serving as the University System of Georgia’s Chancellor since 2017. Wrigley said, “It has been a great privilege and honor to serve the citizens of Georgia.” He will leave his post on July 1st.

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Chestnut Hill President Retiring

Sister Carol Jean Vale has announced her plans to retire in June of 2022. Vale has served as Chestnut Hill’s president for the past 30 years. The school will conduct a national search for her replacement.

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President Retiring at Colorado Mesa

President Tim Foster has announced his plans to retire from Colorado Mesa University on June 30th, 2021. Foster has led the school since March of 2004.

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Ohio Northern University President to Retire

President Daniel Dibiasio has announced his plan to retire effective June 30th, 2022. Dibiasio has served the school since August 2011. A national search will be conducted by the board of trustees immediately.

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Resignations

University of Utah President Resigns

President Ruth Watkins has announced her plan to step down as president from the University of Utah. Watkins began her tenure in April of 2018 and will depart in April of 2021.

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Lipscomb University President to Step Down

President Randolph Lowry has announced his plans to transition from president to a chancellor role. Lowry has led the school for the past 16 years. His transition will begin this summer.

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