Transitions: Rush U. Selects New President, Chief of Staff Named at Cleveland State U.


Sherine E. Gabriel will lead Rush U.

Chief executives


Roger Best, interim president of the University of Central Missouri since June, has been named to the position permanently. He replaced Chuck Ambrose, who left to become president of KnowledgeWorks, a teaching-innovation advocacy organization.

Joy Connolly, provost and senior vice president at the City University of New York Graduate Center, will become interim president on December 8. She will replace Chase F. Robinson, who plans to step down.

Sherine E. Gabriel, dean of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University at New Brunswick, will become president of Rush University in February. Larry Goodman, who has been the university’s president since 2002, will give up that role but will retain his position as chief executive of Rush University Medical Center and the Rush system.

Michael R. Molla, vice president for strategic initiatives at Maryland Institute College of Art, became president of Pennsylvania College of Art and Design on October 30. He succeeded Mary Colleen Heil, who retired.

Wendy Rheault, provost at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, has been named interim president. She will replace K. Michael Welch, who plans to retire on January 1, after having led the university since 2002.

William Roper, dean of the School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will become interim president of the system on January 1. He will replace Margaret Spellings, who plans to step down at the end of the year.


David P. Haney, president of Centenary University since 2016, plans to resign on June 30.

Chief academic officers


Kimo Ah Yun, dean of the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University, has been named acting provost.

W. P. Andrew Lee, chair of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will become executive vice president for academic affairs, provost, and dean of the medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas on February 4.

Michelle (Shellie) Myers, interim provost at Park University, has been named to the position permanently.

Mark P. Rice, acting provost at Babson College, has been named to the position permanently.

Arlene Rodriguez, senior advisor for academic affairs and student success in the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, has been named vice president for academic and student affairs at Cape Cod Community College.

Other top administrators


Sreekala Bajwa, professor and chair of agricultural and biosystems engineering at North Dakota State University, will become vice president of agriculture at Montana State University at Bozeman on January 14.

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Jim Bennett

Jim Bennett, chief of staff for the Ohio Department of Higher Education, will become chief of staff and associate vice president for administration at Cleveland State University on December 1.

Mario Berry, vice president/chief information officer at Spelman College, has been named acting chief information officer at Texas Southern University.

Sonia Cardenas, dean of academic affairs and a professor of political science at Trinity College, in Connecticut, has been named vice president for strategic initiatives and innovation in addition to her other positions.

Tobin (Toby) R. Carr, associate vice president for government relations and director of state relations at the University of Georgia, will become vice president for government relations in April.

Kenya Mann Faulkner, managing director for business intelligence and investigations at the global risk management firm Kroll, will become chief ethics and compliance officer at Pennsylvania State University at University Park on December 3.

Nwakaego Nkumeh, associate general counsel at Kennesaw State University, has been named vice president and chief legal affairs officer.

Mary G. Parker, associate vice president for enrollment management at the University of Utah, will become vice president for enrollment management at Kent State University on January 16.

Aaron C. Trump, a civil-rights investigator in the Office of Equity at the University of Colorado in Denver, will become chief government and legal affairs officer at the University of Southern Indiana on December 3.

Ronald A. Wilson, Title IX coordinator and director of social equity at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, became Title IX director at the University of Arizona on October 29.


Neil Sharkey, vice president for research at Pennsylvania State University, plans to retire on June 30.



Mohamed A. F. Noor, a professor of biology at Duke University, will become dean of the natural sciences within the university’s Trinity College of Arts and Sciences on July 1.


Stephen Kalm, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Montana at Missoula, plans to step down and return to the faculty on December 31.

Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, plans to step down at the end of the academic year.

Department chairs


Marina Bers, a professor at Tufts University and co-founder and chief scientist at KinderLab Robotics, has been named chair of the department of child study and human development at Tufts.

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Merry Lindsey, professor and director of the Mississippi Center for Heart Research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, will become professor and chair of cellular and integrative physiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center on February 1.

Anna Spagnoli

Anna Spagnoli, chair of pediatrics at Rush University Children’s Hospital and Rush University Medical Center, has been named chair of pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.

Other administrators


Sean Clarke, associate dean for undergraduate programs and professor at Boston College’s Connell School of Nursing, will become executive vice dean for academic affairs at New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing on January 2.

Yolanda Edmond, assistant superintendent of human resources at Katy Independent School District, has been named senior associate vice president for human resources at Texas Southern University.

George Gasser, assistant director of admissions for recruitment at Southeast Missouri State University, has been named director of alumni relations.

Randy Gill, a former associate professor of music and associate director of church relations at Pepperdine University, will become assistant dean of the George Shinn College of Entertainment and the Arts at Lipscomb University on December 1.

Joseph Meisel, deputy provost and interim librarian at Brown University, has been named university librarian.

Victoria A. Monaghan, director of strategic relations in higher education at Educational Testing Service, in Princeton, has been named senior director of communications at Thomas Edison State University.

April Raphiou, an international communications consultant who has worked with the United Nations, has been named communications director at Virginia Tech’s Center for International Research, Education, and Development.

Jorge R. Roig, an associate professor of law at Touro College, has been named director of neighborhood programs in the college’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.

Heather Seagroatt, vice president for presidential initiatives and principal gifts at Dartmouth College, has been named executive director of leadership gifts.

Charles Snyder, director of health professions at Rhodes College, has been named director of the Quality Enhancement Plan at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Geeta Swamy, senior associate dean for regulatory oversight and research initiatives in clinical research and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Duke University, has been named vice dean and associate vice provost for scientific integrity for the School of Medicine.

Marilyn Tarrant, executive director of internal audit at Michigan State University, has been named associate vice president and head of the Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance.

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Kimberly A. Vickers

Kimberly A. Vickers, senior director of alumnae relations at Agnes Scott College, has been named associate vice president for advancement and associate director of the Foundation at New College of Florida.

Sue Walsh, director of annual giving at Princeton University, has been named executive director of annual giving.


Christine Cruzvergara, is stepping down as associate provost and executive director for career education at Wellesley College, to be vice president for higher education and student success at Handshake, a hiring platform for college students and recent college graduates.




Rhonda Butler, an adjunct assistant professor of management at Elon University, has been named an assistant professor of management at High Point University.

Mitchell Friedman, a visiting associate professor at Naval Postgraduate School, has been named a senior lecturer of management and organizations.

Myounghoon Jeon, an associate professor of cognitive science at Michigan Technological University, has been named an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering at Virginia Tech.

Organizations and Agencies


Chauncey Fagler, executive director at the Florida College System Risk Management Consortium, has been named president-elect of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association.

Luke Figora, assistant vice president for risk management and environmental health and safety at Northwestern University, has been named president of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association.

Michael A. McRobbie, president of Indiana University, has been elected vice chair and chair-elect of the Association of American Universities.

Aaron Thompson, executive vice president and chief academic officer of the Council on Postsecondary Education, has been named president.


Thomas H. Crawford, professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Louisville, died on November 1. He was 87. Crawford joined the faculty in 1961 and served as associate vice president for academic affairs from 1979 until 1983 and as associate university provost from 1984 until his retirement in 1998.

Wen C. Fong, professor emeritus of art and archaeology at Princeton University, died on October 3. He was 88. Fong arrived at Princeton as an undergraduate student, continued as a graduate student and became an instructor in 1954. He was named professor in 1967, obtaining emeritus status in 1999. He served as the faculty curator of Asian art at the Princeton University Art Museum and helped establish the university’s Ph.D. program in Chinese art and archaeology. His writing, including Art as History: Calligraphy and Painting as One (Princeton University Press, 2014), serves as the foundation for the modern field of Chinese art history.

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