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College of William and Mary Names Its First Woman Leader in its 325-Year History

College of William and Mary Names Its First Woman Leader in its 325-Year History

Currently, Dr. Katherine Rowe is provost and dean of the faculty at Smith College, a private, high-ranking liberal arts college for women in Northampton, Massachusetts. Earlier, she served on the English department faculty at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania for 16 years.

Reading Area Community College in Pennsylvania Names Its Next President

Reading Area Community College in Pennsylvania Names Its Next President

Dr. Susan Looney joined the staff of Reading Area Community College in 2014 as dean of instruction before being promoted in 2015 to provost and senior vice president of academic affairs.

Karen Schuster Webb Named President of Union Institute and University in Cincinnati

Karen Schuster Webb Named President of Union Institute and University in Cincinnati

Dr. Webb has been serving as Midwest Campus president and senior adviser for academic innovation to the chancellor of the Antioch University System. Before joining Antioch University, she was the founding dean of the California School of Education of the Alliant International University System.

Lori Carrell Appointed Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Rochester

Lori Carrell Appointed Chancellor of the University of Minnesota Rochester

Lori Carrell has been serving as interim chancellor since last August. Prior to joining the staff at the University of Minnesota Rochester in 2014, Dr. Carrell was the director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Juliette Bell to Step Down From Presidency of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Juliette Bell to Step Down From Presidency of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Dr. Bell became president of the university on July 1, 2012. From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Bell was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. In retirement, she plans to write a book on her journey from the cotton fields of Alabama to the presidency of a state university.

Two Women Biologists Appointed to Positions as Provosts

Two Women Biologists Appointed to Positions as Provosts

Vanya Quinones was named provost at Pace University in New York, effective July 1 and Melissa P. Taverner is the new provost and dean of the faculty at Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas. Both women hold degrees in biology.

Columbia University Scholar Appointed President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Columbia University Scholar Appointed President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Elizabeth Alexander, a professor at Columbia University who was selected to write a poem and read it at President Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, has been appointed president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York.

Adela de la Torre Will Be the First Woman President of San Diego State University

Adela de la Torre Will Be the First Woman President of San Diego State University

Currently, Dr. De la Torre serves as vice chancellor for student affairs and campus diversity at the University of California, Davis. Earlier in her career, Dr. De la Torre was director of the Mexican American Studies and Research Center at the University of Arizona. She will begin her new job this coming June.

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Karen Abrams Named the Next Dean of Duke Law School

Professor Abrams, who will become dean of Duke Law School on July 1, is the vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of law at the University of Virginia. She joined the faculty there in 2005. From 2002, to 2005, Professor Abrams taught at the New York University School of Law.

Bentley University in Massachusetts Selects Alison Davis-Blake to Be Its Next Leader

Bentley University in Massachusetts Selects Alison Davis-Blake to Be Its Next Leader

Dr. Davis-Blake is the former dean of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and the former dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She will become president of Bentley University on July 1.

Jane Hulon Will Be the Eighth President of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi

Jane Hulon Will Be the Eighth President of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi

Dr. Hulon currently serves as vice president of the Wesson campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. Over the past decade, she has served as vice president of instructional services, academic dean of instruction, and director of planning and research. She will become president on July 1.

Quinnipiac University in Connecticut Names Judy Olian as Its Next President

Quinnipiac University in Connecticut Names Judy Olian as Its Next President

Dr. Olian currently serves as dean of the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. She also holds the John E. Anderson Chair of Management. She has served in these roles since 2006. Dr. Olian will become president of Quinnipiac University on July 1.

The Next President of the State University of New York-Oneonta

The Next President of the State University of New York-Oneonta

Since 2011, Dr. Barbara Jean Morris has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fort Lewis College in Durnago, Colorado. Earlier, she worked for 16 years at the College of the Redlands in California, where she served as professor of government and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Lorraine Sterritt to Be the First Woman President of Saint Michael's College in Vermont

Lorraine Sterritt to Be the First Woman President of Saint Michael’s College in Vermont

Since June 2014, Dr. Sterritt has served as president of Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Earlier, she served as dean for administration and as a professor of French literature at Harvard College. A native of Ireland, Dr. Sterritt holds a Ph.D. in French from Princeton University.

Lou Anna Simon Steps Down as President of Michigan State University

Lou Anna Simon Steps Down as President of Michigan State University

On the same day that Dr. Larry Nassar, a long-time sports physician at Michigan State University, was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for the sexual abuse of members of the U.S. Gymnastics team and university student athletes, Lou Anna Simon, president of Michigan State University, resigned her post.

Ruth V. Watkins Selected as the Next President of the University of Utah

Ruth V. Watkins Selected as the Next President of the University of Utah

When she takes office this spring, Dr. Watkins will be the first woman to serve as the permanent president of the University of Utah in its 168-year history. Since 2013, Dr. Watkins has served as the senior vice president for academic affairs at the university after a 20-year career at the University of Illinois.

Indiana University Astrobiologist Will Be NASA's New Planetary Protection Officer

Indiana University Astrobiologist Will Be NASA’s New Planetary Protection Officer

Lisa Pratt, Provost Professor in the department of earth and atmospheric sciences at Indiana University, will be assigned the lofty responsibility of protecting the Earth from potential contamination by extraterrestrial life forms, such as microorganisms that could live in the ice on Mars.

Marion Fedrick to Lead Albany State University in Georgia

Marion Fedrick to Lead Albany State University in Georgia

Marion Fedrick has been serving as interim executive vice president at Albany State since October. Earlier, she was vice chancellor for human resources at the University System of Georgia.

Former Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss to Direct the Rhodes Trust

Former Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss to Direct the Rhodes Trust

Elizabeth Kiss, the former president of Agnes Scott College, was named Warden of Rhodes House at the University of Oxford in England. In this role, she will be the director of the Rhodes Trust which administers the Rhodes Scholarship program. Dr. Kiss will be the first woman to serve in this post.

The Next Provost at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas

The Next Provost at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas

Dr. Alyson A. Gill has been serving as associate provost for instructional innovation at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She also was an associate professor of art history at the university. Earlier, she served for 15 years on the faculty at Arkansas State University.

The Next President of Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Alabama

The Next President of Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Alabama

For the past 17 years, Screws has served as dean of student affairs for Wallace Community College in Dothan, Alabama. Earlier in her career, she was dean of student services at Sparks Technical College, which later merged with Wallace Community College.

The New Chair of the American Art Therapy Association Is Christianne Strang

The New Chair of the American Art Therapy Association Is Christianne Strang

Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the American Art Therapy Association has about 5,000 members including professional art therapists, students, educational institutions, and related mental health professionals. Dr. Strang is a research instructor in psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Katie Leonard Selected to Be the Next President of Johnson College in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Katie Leonard Selected to Be the Next President of Johnson College in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Leonard joined the staff at the college in 2007 as coordinator of grants and the annual fund. She moved up the ranks to senior vice president of college advancement. In this role she raised $5 million to fund the college’s new Health Science Technology Center. Currently, she serves as executive vice president at the college.

Sigma Xi Chooses the University of Oregon's Geri Richmond to Lead the Honor Society

Sigma Xi Chooses the University of Oregon’s Geri Richmond to Lead the Honor Society

Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 at Cornell University by a group of engineering students and a junior faculty member. Today, it is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers with nearly 60,000 members in more than 500 chapters around the world.

Kristi A. Nelson Is the New Provost at the University of Cincinnati

Kristi A. Nelson Is the New Provost at the University of Cincinnati

Dr. Nelson had retired from the university in 2015 before being called to serve as interim provost in October 2016. She served on faculty of the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning for 36 years. She was senior vice provost for 15 years.

Anisa Zvonkovic Is the New Chair of the National Council on Family Relations

Anisa Zvonkovic Is the New Chair of the National Council on Family Relations

The National Council on Family Relations is the country’s oldest professional, nonpartisan association focusing on family research, practice, and education. Its membership is multidisciplinary, ranging from university faculty and researchers to therapists, social workers, and K–12 teachers.

Merodie Hancock Selected to Be the Fourth President of Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey

Merodie Hancock Selected to Be the Fourth President of Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey

Since 2013, Dr. Hancock has served as president of Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York, a campus of the State University of New York System. Earlier, Dr. Hancock was the vice president of the Global Campus of Central Michigan University.

A Watershed Moment for Women at U.S. Medical Schools

A Watershed Moment for Women at U.S. Medical Schools

In 2017, there were 10,810 women who matriculated at U.S. medical schools, compared to 10,516 men. This is the first time in history that more women have entered U.S. medical schools than men.

The Next President of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The Next President of Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Lori Sundberg will become the fifth president of the community college on August 1. Dr. Sundberg currently serves as president of Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois. She became president of the college in 2010 after serving as vice president for academic services and vice president for administrative services.

Eden King to Lead the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Eden King to Lead the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Eden King is an associate professor of psychology at Rice University in Houston, Texas. She is a senior associate editor of the Journal of Management and associate editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology.

Sandra Haynes Appointed Chancellor of the Tri-Cities Campus of Washington State University

Sandra Haynes Appointed Chancellor of the Tri-Cities Campus of Washington State University

Sandra Haynes has been serving as deputy provost for academic and student affairs at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado. Earlier in her career, Dr Haynes served for 13 years as dean of the College of Professional Studies at Metropolitan State University. She will begin her new job on March 1.

Law Professor Appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court

Law Professor Appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court

Melissa Hart, a tenured professor and the director of the Bryon R. White Center for Constitutional Law at the University of Colorado, was appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper to serve on the Colorado Supreme Court. Professor Hart will continue to teach at the law school while sitting on the Court.

Inga Musselman Is the New Provost at the University of Texas at Dallas

Inga Musselman Is the New Provost at the University of Texas at Dallas

Inga Musselman, a professor of chemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas, has been serving as interim provost since 2015. Professor Musselman joined the faculty at the university in 1992. She was appointed associate provost for faculty affairs in 2008 and senior vice provost in 2014.

Penn State's Jenni Evans to Lead the American Meteorological Society

Penn State’s Jenni Evans to Lead the American Meteorological Society

Jenni Evans is a professor of meteorology and atmospheric science in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Pennsylvania State University. She will serve for one year as president-elect of the American Meteorological Society and then will become president in January 2019.

Deborah Bordelon Chosen as the Next Provost at Columbus State University in Georgia

Deborah Bordelon Chosen as the Next Provost at Columbus State University in Georgia

Since 2013, Dr. Bordelon has been serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois. Earlier, she was dean of the College of Education at the university.