administrators

President Will Quit at Goddard

Barbara Vacarr, president of Goddard College, has announced that she will leave at the end of the year so she can focus on family issues, the Associated Press reported. The announcement follows reports that the college is facing serious financial difficulties, forcing pay cuts and the suspension of retirement contributions, among other measures.

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Campus administrators need to lead with their minds and hearts (essay)

Bobby Fong offers a different kind of career advice for campus administrators, focused on their hearts and minds.

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AGB launching commission to rethink role of governing boards, including in academics

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Trustee association is putting together a high-profile committee to rethink board structure and role in the face of challenges, including talk about what role trustees should play in academics.

Appeals Court Backs Release of Names of Officers in Pepper Spray Incident

A California appeals court has ruled that the names of the officers involved in the notorious pepper spray incident at the University of California at Davis are covered by the state's open records law and should be released, the Associated Press reported. The Los Angeles Times and The Sacramento Bee have been requesting the names. The appeals court issued a stay for the ruling, giving the union that represents the officers 40 days to file an appeal with the California Supreme Court.

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Cal State Sets 6 No-Raise Presidential Salaries

The board of the California State University System on Tuesday set the salaries of six campus presidents, and officials made a point of saying that none of the salaries represented an increase over what the presidents' predecessors had earned, The Los Angeles Times reported. In addition, the university said that there are no supplemental pay packages for any of the new presidents. The system has been criticized in the past by politicians, students and faculty leaders for significant raises for new presidents over what previous presidents had earned.

 

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Louisiana Tech Agrees to Improve Services for Blind

Louisiana Tech University has agreed to use online learning materials that are accessible to the blind, under an agreement to resolve complaints of discrimination investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice. The department found that the university had been using materials that caused a blind student to fall behind on his schoolwork. That student will receive more than $23,000 under the settlement.

 

Salle Mae survey finds families unwilling to pay more for higher education

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The annual amount families spent on college leveled off at about $21,000 after several years of decline, according to Sallie Mae survey, which finds families -- particularly high-income ones -- taking steps to limit their expenditures.

2 Months After No Confidence Vote, Gadsden State President on Leave

Two months after faculty and staff votes of no confidence in his leadership, Ray Staats has been placed on leave as president of Gadsden State Community College, in Alabama, WBRC News reported. Faculty said that his priorities were misplaced, charging him with creating administrative positions and spending on facilities that weren't needed at a time that programs important to students lacked for funds. Staats did not respond to a requeset for comment.

 

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Women's Basketball Coach Said to Focus on Weight, Christianity

The recent firing of Beckie Francis as women's basketball coach at Oakland University (along with the subsequent resignation of her husband, the university president) has been somewhat mysterious on the campus. But The Detroit Free Press reported on the results of interviews with former players that Francis pushed Christianity on players, told them that they needed to be virgins and was "fixated" on body issues. The players reported that photographs were taken of them in sports bras and Spandex to chart any changes in body size. Francis declined to comment for the article.

New presidents provosts Dordt JFK NDUS Reedley Wayne State Western Washington Winona

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  • Sandra Caldwell, associate vice president for planning and improvement at Western Wyoming Community College, has been chosen as president of Reedley College, part of the State Center Community College District, in California.

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