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Colette Irwin-Knott to Lead Valparaiso University in Indiana

Colette Irwin-Knott to Lead Valparaiso University in Indiana

Irwin-Knott has been a member of the university’s board of trustees since 2009. She has spent her career in the field of public finance with HJ Umbaugh & Associates in Indianapolis retiring as a partner in 2014. She worked closely with educators throughout Indiana on hundreds of school and library projects involving the issuance of municipal bonds.

Carol A. Moore Is the New Leader of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina

Carol A. Moore Is the New Leader of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina

In March of this year, Dr. Moore announced her decision to step down as president of Columbia College in South Carolina for family and health reasons. Dr. Moore also has served as interim president of Burlington College in Vermont and is the former president of Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont.

Terry Booth Is the New Leader of Central Carolina Technical College in Sumter, South Carolina

Terry Booth Is the New Leader of Central Carolina Technical College in Sumter, South Carolina

President Booth has been on the staff at the college for the past 30 years. Since 1999, she has been serving as vice president for business affairs where she was responsible for the college’s human resources, information systems, capital projects, physical plant, accounting and budgeting, purchasing, security, auxiliary and internal services.

Anne Harris Named the Fourteenth President of Grinnell College in Iowa

Anne Harris Named the Fourteenth President of Grinnell College in Iowa

Dr. Harris came to Grinnell College in 2019 as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. Earlier she was a professor of art history at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Dr. Harris joined the faculty at DePauw University in 1999. She is the second woman to lead Grinnell College.

The New President of Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, California

The New President of Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, California

Since 2017, Tammeil Gilkerson has served as president of Laney College in Oakland. Earlier, Dr. Gilkerson served as vice president of academic and student affairs at Contra Costa College and as the first diversity, inclusion, and innovation officer for the Contra Costa Community College District.

Two Universities Announce the Appointment of New Provosts

Two Universities Announce the Appointment of New Provosts

April Summitt is the new provost at La Sierra University in Riverside, California. She joined the La Sierra University community in 2013 as the university’s first dean of general education. And Susan M. Collins was named provost at the University of Michigan. She is the Edward M. Gramlich Collegiate Professor of Public Policy and a professor of economics at the university.

Sophie Zdatny Named Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges System

Sophie Zdatny Named Chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges System

Zdatny is a practicing attorney who has been with the general counsel’s office of the state system since 2014. She has served as the system’s general counsel since January 2017. She previously practiced employment law with Allan Karlin & Associates in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Kathleen Jagger Is the New President of Newman University in Wichita, Kansas

Kathleen Jagger Is the New President of Newman University in Wichita, Kansas

Dr. Jagger most recently served as acting president at Thomas More University in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. Earlier, she was a professor of microbiology and public health from 1996-2002 at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and then was a professor of biology at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.

Melody Rose Selected to Lead the Nevada System of Higher Education

Melody Rose Selected to Lead the Nevada System of Higher Education

Dr. Rose most recently served as president of Marylhurst University in Oregon from 2014 to 2019. Earlier in her career, Dr. Rose served as chancellor of the Oregon University System and was vice provost for academic programs and instruction and dean of undergraduate studies at Portland State University in Oregon.

Nicole Pride Will Be the First Woman President of West Virginia State University

Nicole Pride Will Be the First Woman President of West Virginia State University

Dr. Pride had been serving as the vice provost for academic strategy and operations at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Earlier she served as associate vice chancellor for university relations and chief of staff for the chancellor of the university.

Kathleen Harring Is the Thirteenth President of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Kathleen Harring Is the Thirteenth President of Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Dr. Harring as served as interim president since last summer. In 2017, she was named provost at the college. Dr. Harring has been on the faculty in the college’s psychology department since 1984.

Two Women Appointed to Lead Colleges of the City University of New York

Two Women Appointed to Lead Colleges of the City University of New York

Berenecea Johnson Eanes was appointed president of York College in Jamaica, New York. She has served as interim president since September 2019. And Christine Mangino was named president of Queensborough Community College in Bayside, New York. She has been serving as provost at Hostos Community College in The Bronx.

Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, Selects its Fourteenth President

Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, Selects its Fourteenth President

Dr. Alisa White is currently president of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. She previously served as vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler and Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Karen Whitney to Lead the University of Illinois at Springfield

Karen Whitney to Lead the University of Illinois at Springfield

Dr. Whitney is the president emerita of Clarion University in Pennsylvania and recently served as interim chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Before leading Clarion, Dr. Whitney was vice chancellor for student life at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis from 1999 through 2010.

Carol Puryear Appointed President of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Murfreesboro

Carol Puryear Appointed President of Tennessee College of Applied Technology Murfreesboro

Dr. Puryear joined the University of Tennessee System in 1994. In 2012, she was named associate vice chancellor for instruction and special projects for the colleges of applied technology. In 2017, Dr. Puryear was promoted to vice chancellor of economic and community development for the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Lori Varlotta Will Be the First Woman to Lead California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks

Lori Varlotta Will Be the First Woman to Lead California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks

Dr. Varlotta comes to Cal Lutheran having served as president of Hiram College in Ohio since 2014. Earlier, she spent 11 years at Sacramento State University, ultimately serving as senior vice president of planning, enrollment management, and student affairs.

Ohio State University Appoints Kristina Johnson as Its Next President

Ohio State University Appoints Kristina Johnson as Its Next President

Dr. Johnson has been serving as chancellor of the State University of New York System since 2017. Earlier in her career, Dr. Johnson served as under secretary of energy at the U.S. Department of Energy and held academic leadership positions at Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Laura Walker Named the Eleventh President of Bennington College in Vermont

Laura Walker Named the Eleventh President of Bennington College in Vermont

Walker served as president and CEO of New York Public Radio for 23 years. In the academic world, Walker currently serves on The President’s Council at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and Yale School of Management’s Center for Customer Insights. 

Purchase College in New York Announces Its Next President

Purchase College in New York Announces Its Next President

The State University of New York Board of Trustees announced today that Dr. Milagros Peña will become the sixth president of Purchase College. Since 2015, Dr. Peña has been serving as dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the University of California, Riverside.

The First Woman President of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

The First Woman President of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Lori Rice-Spearman has served as interim president since November 2019. She joined TTUHSC in 1987 and served as chair of the department of laboratory sciences and primary care, dean of the School of Health Professions, associate provost, and provost.

The New President of Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

The New President of Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

Victoria L. Bastecki-Perez has been selected to serve as the college’s sixth president. She has been serving as interim president so the appointment is effective immediately. Dr. Bastecki-Perez has been on the staff at the college since 1996 and was provost and vice president for academic affairs before being named interim president.

Connie Foster Selected to Lead the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Connie Foster Selected to Lead the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

During her previous tenure at the university, Dr. Foster initially served as a professor of health and human performance, gymnastics coach, and women’s athletic director. She later was appointed athletic director and chair of the health and human performance department. She also served as interim chancellor for 10 months.

Susan Henking Selected as the Leader of Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Susan Henking Selected as the Leader of Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Dr. Henking has been serving as interim vice president for academic and student affairs and dean of the college. She is the former president of Shimer College in Chicago and earlier was a professor of religious studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York.

Governors State University in Illinois Appoints Cheryl Green as Its Sixth President

Governors State University in Illinois Appoints Cheryl Green as Its Sixth President

Last year, Dr. Green was appointed interim chancellor of the University of Wisconson-Whitewater. At that time she was vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Earlier, Dr. Green served as assistant vice president of student affairs at Tennessee State University.

Doris Cintrón Chosen to Lead Guttman Community College in New York City

Doris Cintrón Chosen to Lead Guttman Community College in New York City

Dr. Cintrón has been serving since 2012 as senior associate provost for academic affairs, assessment and accreditation at The City College of New York. She has served as an administrator at City College since 1994. Dr. Cintrón will become interim president at Guttman Community College on August 1.

Suzanne Rivera Will Be the First Woman to Lead Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota

Suzanne Rivera Will Be the First Woman to Lead Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota

Dr. Rivera has been serving as vice president for research and technology management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Prior to her time at CWRU, Dr. Rivera spent seven years at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center working both in the Office of the Dean and Provost and in research leadership roles.

Natalie Harder Appointed the 17th President of Coker University in Hartsville, South Carolina

Natalie Harder Appointed the 17th President of Coker University in Hartsville, South Carolina

Since 2012, Dr. Harder has been serving as chancellor of South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette. Earlier, Dr. Harder served as vice president of institutional advancement at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Virginia, and as executive director of the Erie Community College Foundation in Buffalo, New York.

Ivy Ruth Taylor to Be the First Woman President of Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi

Ivy Ruth Taylor to Be the First Woman President of Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi

Dr. Taylor is the former mayor of San Antonio, Texas. She spent six years as a lecturer in public administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She also worked at a nonprofit affordable housing agency and served multiple terms as a city councilmember prior to her term as mayor.

Susan Gaber Chosen to Be the Fifth Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Susan Gaber Chosen to Be the Fifth Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. Gaber currently serves as the first woman president of the University of Toledo in Ohio. She became president in 2015 following six years as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Gaber will become chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte on July 1.

Beth Young to Lead Rock Valley College in Illinois

Beth Young to Lead Rock Valley College in Illinois

Young has served as Rock Valley’s chief operating officer since December 2019, and as the college’s chief financial officer since 2016. Before arriving at Rock Valley College, Young was the dean of business affairs at Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois.

The New President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

The New President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College

Dr. Pamela Alderman served most recently as the dean of the Bert Bradford School of Health Sciences, chair of the department of nursing, and professor of nursing at the University of Charleston in West Virginia. She began her new duties on May 11.

Susanna Baxter Will Be the Next President of LaGrange College in Georgia

Susanna Baxter Will Be the Next President of LaGrange College in Georgia

For the past decade, Dr. Baxrer has been serving as president of the Georgia Independent College Association. In 2000, she joined the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association as head of member services and grants, eventually becoming chief operating officer in 2007.

The First Woman President of Carteret Community College in Morehead, North Carolina

The First Woman President of Carteret Community College in Morehead, North Carolina

Since 2016, Dr. Tracy Mancini has been serving as vice president of instruction and student support at Carteret Community College. Earlier, she spent 17 years at Durham Technical Community College, where she was an English instructor, department chair, assistant dean, and dean.

Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut, Names Tracy Epsy as its Eighth President

Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut, Names Tracy Epsy as its Eighth President

Dr. Epsy currently serves as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Pfeiffer University, which operates three campuses in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Misenheimer, North Carolina. She has been on the staff at Pfeiffer University for more than two decades.

Kathleen Cieplak Owens Comes Out of Retirement to Become President of Misericordia University in Pennsylvania

Kathleen Cieplak Owens Comes Out of Retirement to Become President of Misericordia University in Pennsylvania

Dr. Owens is president emerita of Gwynedd Mercy University in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. She led the university as president from 2002 to her retirement in 2017. Earlier in her higher education career, Dr. Owens served as vice president of academic affairs at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania.