State U. of New York College at Oneonta Selects Next President

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Alberto José Cardelle is the next president of the State U. of New York College at Oneonta.

CHIEF EXECUTIVES
Appointments
Mindy Benson, vice president for alumni and community relations at Southern Utah University, has been named interim president. She will replace Scott L. Wyatt, who will leave to become senior executive director of statewide online education within Utah’s Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education.

Alberto José Cardelle, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fitchburg State University, will become president of the State University of New York College at Oneonta on September 6. He will replace Dennis Craig, who has served as acting president since Barbara Jean Morris resigned.

Alexander Conyers, vice president for strategic alliances and initiatives at the South Carolina State University, has been named acting president after James Clark was fired.

James W. Crawford III, interim president of Felician University, has been named to the post permanently.

Janet Schrunk Ericksen, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean at the University of Minnesota at Morris, has been named acting chancellor. She replaced Michelle Behr, who retired.

Aisha Francis, chief executive officer at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, has been named president of the institution. She will be the first woman to serve as president.

Martha Garcia, president of Imperial Valley College, has been named president and superintendent of the College of the Desert. She will succeed Joel Kinnamon, who retired earlier this year.

Daisy Gonzales, deputy chancellor of California Community Colleges, has been named acting chancellor while Eloy Ortiz Oakley takes a sabbatical to join the Biden administration as a special adviser to the secretary of education on higher-education policy.

Ronnie Hopkins, interim president and a professor of English at Voorhees College, in South Carolina, was named permanent president.

Sheila Edwards Lange

Sheila Edwards Lange

Sheila Edwards Lange, president of Seattle Central College, will become chancellor of the University of Washington at Tacoma on September 16. She will succeed Mark Pagano, who plans to step down and join the faculty in the School of Engineering & Technology.

Rick Massengale, vice president for academic and student affairs at North Arkansas College, was named its next president.

Ana Patterson, interim president of Southwestern Adventist University, has been named to the post permanently. She became interim president after Ken Shaw left to become president of Southern Adventist University.

Mike Rakes, pastor of the Winston Salem First church, in North Carolina, has been named president of Evangel University, in Missouri. He will replace George O. Wood, who has served as interim president since Carol Taylor’s retirement last year.

Resignations
M. Christopher Brown II, president of Kentucky State University since 2017, has resigned.

Utpal K. Goswami, president and superintendent of Santa Barbara City College, has resigned.

Rebecca Wyke, president of the University of Maine at Augusta, will step down to become chief executive of the Maine Public Employee Retirement System.

Retirements
Steven C. Currall, president of the University of South Florida since July 2019, plans to retire as president in August. He will join the faculty of the Muma College of Business as a tenured professor.

Pamela Fry, president of Oklahoma State University at Tulsa since 2019, plans to retire in January.

John Richman, president of North Dakota State College of Science since 2007, plans to retire in December.

CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICERS
Appointments
Lara Luetkehans, dean of the College of Education and Communications at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Michelle Piskulich, senior associate provost at Oakland University, has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Molloy College.

Jianmin Qu, dean of the School of Engineering at Tufts University, will become provost and vice president for academic affairs at Stevens Institute of Technology in September.

OTHER TOP ADMINISTRATORS
Appointments
Erin Archer, treasurer of Syracuse University, will become vice president for finance and operations at Sarah Lawrence College on August 16.

Amanda Bailey, vice president for human resources at Brown University, will become vice president for human resources at Boston University on August 2.

Anastacia (Stacy) Knapper

Anastacia (Stacy) Knapper

Anastacia (Stacy) Knapper, executive vice president and general counsel at the Indiana University Foundation, has been named the first chief executive of the University at Buffalo Foundation.

Delmy M. Lendof, associate dean of student affairs in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, will become vice president for student affairs at Pratt Institute on August 23.

Jonah Nigh, chief development officer for the Jewish Museum in New York City, will become senior vice president for development and alumni engagement at the New School on September 1.

Matthew Proto, vice president for enrollment and communications and dean of admissions and financial aid at Colby College, has been named vice president and chief institutional advancement officer.

Nicholas Scibetta, vice president for marketing and communications at Stony Brook University, will become vice president for university communications and marketing at Carnegie Mellon University on August 16.

DEANS
Appointments
JR DeShazo, founding director of the Luskin Center for Innovation at the University of California at Los Angeles, will become dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin on September 10.

Richard Gay, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke since July 2020, has been named to the post permanently.

Dianne Harris, a senior program officer in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Higher Learning program, will become dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington on September 1.

Jacqueline Jones, assistant dean and chair of the department of multimedia journalism in the School of Global Journalism & Communication at Morgan State University, will become dean of the school on August 1.

Thanassis Rikakis, a professor of bioengineering and performing arts and executive vice president and provost at Virginia Tech, has been named dean of the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy at the University of Southern California.

Jing Wang, vice dean of research in the School of Nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, has been named dean of the College of Nursing at Florida State University.

Resignations
Douglas Sylvester, dean of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, plans to step down.

OTHER ADMINISTRATORS
Appointments
Eva M. Aagaard, a professor of medical education and senior associate dean for education at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named vice chancellor for medical education.

Alana Anderson, director of programs for diversity and inclusion in the Office of the Provost at Boston University, has been named assistant dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Schwarzman College of Computing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Nandi Bynoe, associate dean of diversity and inclusion at the Tufts Schools of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, has been named assistant dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Hilary A. Craiglow, librarian at the Walker Management Library and interim associate university librarian for scholarly resources and services at Vanderbilt University, has been named interim university librarian.

K. Matthew Dames, university librarian at Boston University, has been named university librarian at University of Notre Dame.

Kuheli Dutt, assistant director of academic affairs and diversity at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, has been named assistant dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the School of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tracie Jones, director of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, has been named assistant dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Michelle Light, director of special collections at the Library of Congress, will become associate university librarian for special collections and director of the Beinecke Library at Yale University on October 1.

Monica Orta, director of diversity and student support in the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been named assistant dean of diversity, equity, belonging, and student support in the School of Architecture and Planning.

Donita Robinson, a professor in psychiatry and education and outreach director of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named associate dean of graduate education in the School of Medicine.

Paul J. Scheel Jr., chief executive officer of Washington University Physicians at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named vice chancellor for clinical affairs.

Richard J. Stanton, associate vice chancellor and associate dean for administration and finance at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named vice chancellor for medical finance and administration.

Bryan Thomas Jr., associate director of the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Doctoral Fellowship Program at Stanford University, has been named assistant dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Paul Weir, head men’s basketball coach at the University of New Mexico, has been named director of athletics at Eastern New Mexico University.

Melinda West, interim associate vice president for finance and university controller at Virginia Tech since May 2020, has been named to the post permanently.

DEATHS
Jeffrey Barker, president of Converse University, died in a bicycle accident on July 21. Barker became president on July 6. He retired as provost of the university at the end of the 2020-21 academic year but returned after Krista Newkirk stepped down to become president of the University of Redlands.

John Brighton, a former executive vice president and provost at Pennsylvania State University at University Park, died on June 28. He was 87.

Henry Givens Jr., president emeritus of Harris-Stowe State University, died on July 20. He was 90. Givens led the university from 1979 until his retirement in 2011.

Bonnie Anne Kubasta, a professor, department chair, and dean of the School of Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, died on June 28. She was 71.

Gerald Levey, a former vice chancellor for medical sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles, died of Parkinson’s disease on June 25. He was 84.

Maya Karin Peterson, a professor of history at the University of California at Santa Cruz, died in childbirth on June 16.

Hugo Sonnenschein, president emeritus of the University of Chicago, died on July 15. He was 80. Sonnenschein served as president of the university from 1993 to 2000.

Athan Theoharis, a professor of history at Marquette University and historian of J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, died on July 3. He was 84.

Haunani-Kay Trask, founding director of the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii-Manoa and author of Notes From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii (1993), among other works, died on July 3. She was 71.