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Transitions: George Washington U. Selects Interim Leader; New President Named at Wheaton College, Mass.

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Michaele Whelan will be the next president of Wheaton College, Mass.

Chief executives
Appointments
Stephanie J. Fujii, vice president for academic affairs at Scottsdale Community College, in the Maricopa Community College District, has been named president of Arapahoe Community College. She succeeds Diana Doyle, who retired in June.

Maria Gallo, president of Delaware Valley University, in Pennsylvania, has been named chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. She succeeds Dean Van Galen, who left to become president of Missouri Southern State University.

John E. Jones III, chair of the Board of Trustees at Dickinson College, has been named interim president following Margee Ensign’s resignation.

Betsy Libby, interim president of Central Maine Community College since September 2020, has been named to the post permanently.

Gerson Moreno-Riaño, executive vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Regent University, has been named president of Cornerstone University. He succeeds Joseph M. Stowell, who retired in May.

Dana Nichols, chief academic officer and provost at Georgia Highlands College, has been named interim president. She succeeded Don Green, who left to become president of Point Park University.

DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College, has been named president of Nevada State College. She will succeed Bart Patterson, who plans to retire.

Mark Rubinstein, president of Granite State College, has been named chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

Kathrine Swanson, vice chancellor for student success and engagement at Metropolitan Community College, will also become president of the college’s Longview campus.

Michaele Whelan, provost of Emerson College, has been named president of Wheaton College, in Massachusetts. She will succeed Dennis Hanno, who will step down at the end of the year.

Mark S. Wrighton, the former chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis, has been named interim president of George Washington University. He will succeed Thomas J. LeBlanc, who plans to retire at the end of December.

Resignations
Biddy Martin, president of Amherst College since 2011, plans to step down next summer.

Retirements
Margaret Drugovich, president of Hartwick College since 2008, plans to retire in the summer of 2022.

Mark Erickson, president of Northampton Community College, in Pennsylvania, plans to retire in the summer of 2022.

Gary M. Lawler, chancellor of Pennsylvania State University at Hazleton since 2007, plans to retire on June 30, 2022.

Vince Maniaci, president of American International College since 2005, plans to retire at the end of the 2021-22 academic year.

Christine Pharr, president of Mount Mary University, in Wisconsin, plans to retire in June 2022.

Sonia Cardenas

Sonia Cardenas

Chief academic officers
Appointments
Sonia Cardenas, a professor of political science at Trinity College, in Connecticut, has been named dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs.

Matt Cardin, a doctoral-cohort coordinator for the John E. Roueche Center’s Community College Leadership Program at Kansas State University, has been named vice president for academic affairs at North Arkansas College.

Eun-Woo Chang, a former provost of Ashland University and former program director in the Division of Undergraduate Education of the National Science Foundation, has been named vice president for academic affiars and chief academic officer at Northern Virginia Community College.

Steve Everett, provost, executive vice president, and a professor of music at Adelphi University, has been named provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Joel Kendall, associate provost at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Sharale Mathis, dean of academic and student affairs at Middlesex Community College, in Connecticut, has been named vice president for academic affairs at Holyoke Community College.

Kathryn McClymond, associate dean of faculty affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oglethorpe University.

Kimberly McCorkle, vice provost at the University of West Florida, has been named provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at East Tennessee State University.

Andy Rundquist, a professor and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Hamline University, has been named interim provost.

Other top administrators
Appointments
Suresh Appavoo, senior executive for equity and diversity and Title IX coordinator at Southern Oregon University, has been named vice president for humanism, equity, and antiracism at Western University of Health Sciences.

Bronté Burleigh-Jones, vice president for finance and administration at Dickinson College, has been named chief financial officer, vice president, and treasurer at American University.

Joseph M. Corazzini, assistant superintendent of equity, diversity, and community development and director of community-resource development for the Framingham Public Schools, in Massachusetts, will become vice president for government and community affairs at Clark University, in Massachusetts, on November 1.

Joel G. Curran, vice chancellor for communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named vice president for public affairs and communications at the University of Notre Dame.

Margo R. Foreman, interim vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion and assistant vice president for diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity at Iowa State University, has been named vice president and chief officer for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Clark University, in Massachusetts.

Caitlin Goss, director of people and culture at Rhino Foods, has been named vice president for human resources and chief people officer at Middlebury College.

Kimberly Hopely, senior vice president and chief development officer at Arizona State University, has been named president of the Rutgers University Foundation and executive vice president for development and alumni engagement at Rutgers University.

Jamie Krueger, director of enrollment-management services in the School of Medicine at Wayne State University, has been named chief enrollment-management officer at Albion College.

Yvette E. Pearson, associate dean of accreditation, assessment, and strategic initiatives in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University, has been named vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Angelica Perez-Johnston, director of the Ideas (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Justice) Center at Allegheny College, has been named chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer at the Community College of Allegheny County.

W. Eric Sykes, vice president for enrollment management at Quinnipiac University, has been named vice president for enrollment management at Elmira College.

Scott Vignos, assistant vice president for strategic diversity initiatives in the Office of Institutional Diversity at Oregon State University, has been named the university’s interim vice president and chief diversity officer.

Frank S. Williams, director of student-support services in the Educational Opportunity Center at the University at Buffalo, part of the State University of New York, has been named vice president for strategic enrollment management at Nazareth College.

Thomas Witherspoon, senior director of campus community centers at North Carolina State University, has been named chief diversity officer at the University of Tampa.

Carey Anne Zucca, senior executive director of development and alumni affairs in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, has been named vice president for advancement at Skidmore College.

Deans
Appointments
Li-Chen Chin, assistant vice president for intercultural programs at Duke University, has been named dean of student life at Bennington College.

Michelle Van-Ess Grant

Michelle Van-Ess Grant

Michelle Van-Ess Grant, director of student life at the Fashion Institute of Technology, has been named dean of students and assistant vice president for student affairs at Hofstra University.

Jerome Lynch, chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, will become dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University on January 1.

Russell K. Osgood, a visiting professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named interim dean of the School of Law.

Maggy Tomova, associate dean of natural, mathematical, and social sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa, will become dean of the College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida on October 18.

Margie Yates, interim associate provost and director of the Graduate School at Columbus State University, has been named the university’s first dean of research and graduate studies.

Department chairs
Appointments
Andrea A. Hayes, a professor of pediatric surgery and surgical oncology and surgeon in chief and division chief of pediatric surgery at the University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital, has been named professor and chair of the department of surgery in the Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital. She is the first woman to serve as chair of surgery.

Catherine Opie, a faculty member and endowed chair in art at the University of California at Los Angeles, has been named chair of the department of art.

Constance Vale, an assistant professor in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named chair of undergraduate architecture.

Steven Wrenn, a professor of chemical engineering at Drexel University, has been named head of the department of chemical engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.

Other administrators
Appointments
Amer F. Ahmed, executive director of equity and inclusivity and chief diversity officer at Dickinson College, has been named vice provost for diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Vermont.

Stephanie Dane, association director of marketing and communications at the Gateway Region YMCA, has been named director of integrated marketing communications at Fontbonne University.

Jamel Antwon Hodges, assistant director of programming in the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs at the University of Georgia, has been named director of diversity initiatives in the student-affairs division at the University of South Carolina at Aiken.

Melissa C. Johnson, a professor and chair of the department of focused inquiry at Virginia Commonwealth University, has been named associate vice president and associate dean of undergraduate education at Pennsylvania State University at University Park.

Dawn S. Medley, associate vice provost for enrollment management and chief enrollment and financial-aid officer at Wayne State University, has been named vice provost for enrollment management at Stony Brook University, part of the State University of New York.

Kelly Osorio, director of financial aid at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, has been named director of student financial services at Berkshire Community College.

Eric Parsons, interim registrar for academic policy and operations at Dartmouth College, has been named registrar for the arts and sciences.

Samira M. Payne, program director for student-athlete transition programs at the University of Notre Dame, has been named the first director of Black-student initiatives in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Marquette University.

Michael States, assistant dean of admissions, diversity, and inclusion in the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, has been named associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Law School.

Thomas A. Walker Jr., president of Wayne Community College, has been named senior adviser for economic development and military affairs at the University of North Carolina system.

Mark Weichold, interim provost and executive vice president of the Texas A&M University system, has been named associate vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Deaths
Harry Ausprich, a president emeritus of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, died on July 28. He was 88.

Isaac T. Littleton, a former libraries director at North Carolina State University, died in August. He was 100.

Martha Kirkland West, a professor emerita of teacher education at Catawba College, died on August 26. She taught at the college from 1965 to 1981 and later wrote A College of Our Own: The First 150 Years of Catawba College (2001).

Hobson Wildenthal, a professor of physics and former provost at the University of Texas at Dallas, died on September 4. He was 83.

Jo Watts Williams, a vice president emerita at Elon University, died on September 16. She was 92. Earlier this year, the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education was named in her honor.

Robert L. Wolke, a professor of chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh, died on August 29. He was 93.

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