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Patrena Benton Elliott Is the New President of Halifax Community College

Patrena Benton Elliott Is the New President of Halifax Community College

Dr. Elliott had been serving as vice president of instruction and student support services at Robeson Community College in Lumberton, North Carolina. Previously, she was dean of the Graduate College at Hampton University in Virginia.

Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Has Selected Ritu Raju as Its New President

Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Has Selected Ritu Raju as Its New President

Dr. Raju most recently served as vice president for academic affairs at Tarrant County College’s Northeast Campus in Hurst, Texas, a position she’s held since 2020. Prior to that, she served as dean for advanced manufacturing at Houston Community College in Houston, Texas.

Columbia University Names Nemat Shafik as Its First Woman President

Columbia University Names Nemat Shafik as Its First Woman President

Dr. Shafik has led the London School of Economics and Political Science since 2017. Earlier, she was the first female permanent secretary of the Department for International Development for the United Kingdom. Dr. Shafik began her career at the World Bank, becoming the bank’s youngest-ever vice president at the age of 36.

Karen Petersen Will Be the Thirteenth President and Second Woman to Lead Hendrix College in Arkansas

Karen Petersen Will Be the Thirteenth President and Second Woman to Lead Hendrix College in Arkansas

Dr. Petersen currently serves as a professor of political science and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. Earlier, Dr. Petersen served for nearly 16 years at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. In addition to being a faculty member, she served in three progressively responsible leadership roles culminating with her tenure as dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Ellen Granberg Will Be the First Woman President of George Washington University

Ellen Granberg Will Be the First Woman President of George Washington University

Dr. Granberg is a sociologist who currently serves as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. Before coming to RIT in 2018, she was a professor of sociology, department chair, associate provost for faculty affairs, and senior associate provost at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Loyola University of Chicago's Eva Wojcik Is the New Leader of the College of American Pathologists Foundation

Loyola University of Chicago’s Eva Wojcik Is the New Leader of the College of American Pathologists Foundation

Dr. Wojcik is the Helen M. and Raymond M. Galvin Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Urology at Loyola Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in Maywood, Illinois.

MIT Scholar to Lead the Advanced Research Projects Agency at the U.S. Department of Energy

MIT Scholar to Lead the Advanced Research Projects Agency at the U.S. Department of Energy

Evelyn Wang, the Ford Professor of Engineering and head of the department of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is stepping down as department head and will take a temporary leave as a faculty member at MIT while she serves in this public service role.

Cathy Monteroso Is the First Woman to Lead West Liberty University in West Virginia

Cathy Monteroso Is the First Woman to Lead West Liberty University in West Virginia

Dr. Monteroso has been at West Liberty University for 13 years, serving first as a member of faculty, then dean of the College of Education and Human Performance and for the past year as interim provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Karen Riley Chosen as the Next President of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania

Karen Riley Chosen as the Next President of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania

Dr. Riley has been provost and chief academic officer at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, since 2021. Before joining Regis University. she was dean of the College of Education at the University of Denver from 2014 to 2021. She will become president of Slippery Rock University on July 1.

Florida State's Emily DuVal Named President-Elect of the Animal Behavior Society

Florida State’s Emily DuVal Named President-Elect of the Animal Behavior Society

Dr. DuVal is an animal ecology and evolution expert who specializes in the evolution of complex social behavior in wild birds, such as their courtship and mating processes. Her lab studies cooperation and mate choice of lance-tailed manakins in the tropical forests of Panama as well as nuthatches in the longleaf forest of the Tallahassee area.

Tracy Morris Selected as the Eleventh President of Illinois Valley Community College

Tracy Morris Selected as the Eleventh President of Illinois Valley Community College

Dr. Morris currently is the compliance officer at Joliet Junior College in Illinois. Prior to joining Joliet Junior College in 2018, she was vice president of student services at Illinois Central College. Earlier, she was on the staff at Illinois Valley Community College for 13 years.

Mirta Martin Is the New Leader of Ferrum College in Virginia

Mirta Martin Is the New Leader of Ferrum College in Virginia

Dr. Martin, a native of Havana, Cuba, was president of Fairmont State University in West Virginia from 2018 to 2022. She was president of Fort Hays State University in Kansas from 2014 to 2016. Prior to Fort Hays, Dr. Martin served as the dean of Virginia State University’s Reginald F. Lewis School of Business from 2009 to 2014.

Naydeen González-De Jesús Will Be the Thirteenth President of San Antonio College in Texas

Naydeen González-De Jesús Will Be the Thirteenth President of San Antonio College in Texas

Dr. González-De Jesús has been serving the executive vice president of student success at Milwaukee Area Technical College in Wisconsin. Prior to her position at Milwaukee Area Technical College, Dr. Gonzalez-De Jesus served as the public diplomacy officer for the U.S. embassy in Argentina.

Sabrina Ezzell Appointed Chancellor of the Gallup Campus of the University of New Mexico

Sabrina Ezzell Appointed Chancellor of the Gallup Campus of the University of New Mexico

Dr. Ezzell has served as interim chancellor since July 2022. Prior to her appointment as interim chancellor, she was an associate professor and chair of the education, health, and human services department. She began her academic career in 2003 as a clinical instructor in the nursing program at the University of New Mexico-Gallup after a career as a registered nurse.

Anne McCall Appointed the Thirteenth President of the College of Wooster in Ohio

Anne McCall Appointed the Thirteenth President of the College of Wooster in Ohio

Dr. McCall has been serving as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. Prior to coming to Xavier in 2016, Dr. McCall was dean of the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University in New York.

The College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska, Names Its Next President

The College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska, Names Its Next President

For the past three years, Glynis Fitzgerald has served as senior vice president and provost at Alvernia University, a private Catholic institution in Reading, Pennsylvania. Earlier, Dr. Fitzgerald served as associate vice president of academic affairs and dean for the school of graduate studies at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

Claudine Gay Appointed the Thirtieth President of Harvard University

Claudine Gay Appointed the Thirtieth President of Harvard University

When she takes office on July 1, she will be the first African American and the second woman to lead the university since its founding nearly 400 years ago. Since 2018, Dr. Gay has served as the Edgerley Family Dean of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She first joined the Harvard faculty in 2006.

The University of Louisville Names Kim Schatzel as It Next President

The University of Louisville Names Kim Schatzel as It Next President

Since 2016, Dr. Schatzel has served as president of Towson University, one of 12 universities that are part of the University System of Maryland. She also is a professor of marketing. Professor Schatzel previously served as provost of Eastern Michigan University and dean of the College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Amy Parsons Will Be the Next President of Colorado State University

Amy Parsons Will Be the Next President of Colorado State University

Since 2020, Parsons has run Mozzafiato, an e-commerce firm that sells Italian luxury brands imported to the United States. Parsons served in executive roles at Colorado State University – as legal counsel from 2004-2009; as vice president for university operations from 2009-2015; and as executive vice chancellor from 2015-2020.

Fumiko Hoeft Named Director of the Waterbury Campus of the University of Connecticut

Fumiko Hoeft Named Director of the Waterbury Campus of the University of Connecticut

Dr. Hoeft joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut in 2018 as a professor of psychological sciences. She has also served as the director of the Brain Imaging Research Center. Earlier, Dr. Hoeft taught at the Weill Institute for Neurosciences at the University of California, San Francisco.

Cheryl Nixon Will Be the First Woman to Lead Berea College in Kentucky

Cheryl Nixon Will Be the First Woman to Lead Berea College in Kentucky

Dr. Nixon, an expert in the history of the novel, is currently the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Prior to that, she was the associate provost, English department chair, and graduate program director at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Jinliu Wang Appointed President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts

Jinliu Wang Appointed President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts

Dr. Wang has been serving as executive vice president for research, innovation, and knowledge enterprise at Ohio State University. Earlier she was senior vice chancellor for research and economic development for the State University of New York System and interim president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

San José State University Names Cynthia Teniente-Matson as Its Next President

San José State University Names Cynthia Teniente-Matson as Its Next President

Since 2015, Dr. Teniente-Matson has been serving as president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio.​ She served as vice president for administration and chief financial officer for California State University, Fresno from 2004 to 2015.

Lamar Community College in Southeastern Colorado Names Rosana Reyes as Its Next President

Lamar Community College in Southeastern Colorado Names Rosana Reyes as Its Next President

Dr. Reyes currently serves as vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. Earlier, Dr. Reyes served as associate vice president of the Newburgh campus of the State University of New York. She will take on her new duties at Lamar Community College in March.

Marie Lynn Miranda Will Be the Tenth Chancellor of the University of Illinois Chicago

Marie Lynn Miranda Will Be the Tenth Chancellor of the University of Illinois Chicago

Marie Lynn Miranda has been named the tenth chancellor of the University of Illinois Chicago and a vice president of the University of Illinois System, effective July 5, 2023. The University of Illinois Chicago enrolls more than 22,000 undergraduate students and nearly 12,000 graduate students, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. […]

Tomikia LeGrande Has Been Selected to Lead Prairie View A&M University in Texas

Tomikia LeGrande Has Been Selected to Lead Prairie View A&M University in Texas

Since 2018, Dr. LeGrande has served as vice provost for strategic enrollment management at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Earlier, she was vice president for strategic enrollment management at the University of Houston-Downtown. Prior to her duties in Houston, Dr. LeGrande worked at North Carolina A&T State University and Winston-Salem State University.

Kim Armstrong Will Be the Next President of Clovis Community College in Fresno, California

Kim Armstrong Will Be the Next President of Clovis Community College in Fresno, California

Dr. Armstrong, who holds three degrees in neuropsychology, currently serves as the vice chancellor for student, equity, and community affairs at Arkansas State University Three Rivers. Earlier, she was vice president of student affairs at the College of Ouachitas in Malvern, Arkansas.

The College of Southern Maryland in La Plata Chooses Yolanda Wilson as Its Sixth President

The College of Southern Maryland in La Plata Chooses Yolanda Wilson as Its Sixth President

Dr. Wilson has been serving as vice president of instruction at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. She has been a professor and administrator in the North Carolina and South Carolina community college systems for more than 22 years.

Carol Folt Named Chair of the Association of American Universities

Carol Folt Named Chair of the Association of American Universities

Carol L. Folt became the 12th president of the University of Southern California on July 1, 2019. She served as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from July 2013 to January 2019. Dr. Folt’s career in higher education began as a professor at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Eileen Van Aken of Virginia Tech to Lead the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers

Eileen Van Aken of Virginia Tech to Lead the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers

Eileen Van Aken is a professor and department head in the department of industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Van Aken has been a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers for 36 years, after joining the organization as an undergraduate student.

Michigan State University Appoints Teresa Woodruff as Interim President

Michigan State University Appoints Teresa Woodruff as Interim President

Dr. Woodruff has been serving as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the university since 2020. Before becoming provost at Michigan State, Dr. Woodruff was dean of the graduate school and associate provost for graduate education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Mary H. Van Brunt Will Be the First Woman President of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama

Mary H. Van Brunt Will Be the First Woman President of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama

Founded in 1830, Spring Hill College is the oldest Catholic college in the Southeast and the third oldest Jesuit college in the United States. When she takes office in January, Dr. Van Brunt will be the first woman to lead the college in its nearly 200-year history. She is currently provost at Gwynedd Mercy University in Pennsylvania.

Riverside City College in California Appoints FeRita Carter as Interim President

Riverside City College in California Appoints FeRita Carter as Interim President

Dr. Carter has been serving as vice president of student services at the college. Prior to joining the staff at Riverside City College, Dr. Carter was the dean of the School of Business and Technology and a full-time political science faculty member at Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap Appointed Interim Chancellor of the Seattle Colleges

Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap Appointed Interim Chancellor of the Seattle Colleges

Dr. Rimando-Chareunsap has been with Seattle Colleges for 22 years. She started as a student success specialist in the TRiO Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound programs. She later served as vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion for the district. Dr. Rimando-Chareunsap has been president of South Seattle College since 2018. 

Sylvia Trent-Adams Appointed President of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth

Sylvia Trent-Adams Appointed President of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth

Before joining the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth in 2020, Dr. Trent-Adams was Deputy Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps., then she was named Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health. Early in her career, She was a nurse officer in the U.S. Army and a research nurse at the University of Maryland.