Joseph Saliba is stepping down as provost of the University of Dayton and returning to the faculty, WHIO News reported. The university characterized the shift as the end of a five-year term for the provost, but the move comes shortly after a faculty vote of no confidence in Saliba. Faculty have complained about a lack of commitment to shared governance.
Mark E. Arant, dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, has been appointed as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northeastern State University, in Oklahoma.
Susan Beatty, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University, in Oregon, has been chosen as provost of the Sage Colleges.
David Smith, former president of the State University of New York Upstate Medical University, has agreed to pay $100,000 and to retire from the university by October 1,The Albany Times Union reported. He is paying the funds to settle complaints that he took consulting payments from businesses that had contracts with SUNY Upstate without authorization and in violation of SUNY rules. His various business ties came to light as Pennsylvania State University was apparently on the verge of naming him as the institution's next president.
Bryan College, facing enrollment declines, is eliminating 20 of the 173 full-time employee positions, The Times Free Press reported. The college is also halting retirement contributions for a year, and imposing salary cuts on top administrators. The cuts come as some faculty members have already quit the Tennessee evangelical college because of a new statement of faith that they say required such a literal interpretation of the Bible that it was impossible for them to teach and sign the statement.
Colleges need to do a better job of promoting tolerance of diverse ideas, said Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, in a Harvard University commencement address Thursday, The Boston Globe reported. Bloomberg cited incidents in which students have questioned selections of commencement speakers or shouted down speakers on campus, and noted that this problem goes beyond campus as well. “Tolerance for other people’s ideas and the freedom to express your own are ... perpetually vulnerable to the tyrannical tendencies of monarchs, mobs, and majorities, and lately we’ve seen those tendencies manifest themselves too often, both on college campuses and in our society," he said. Bloomberg added that “a liberal arts education must not be the art of liberalism."
Some Harvard students this spring questioned whether Bloomberg should be invited to speak. They cited the "stop and frisk" police tactic used in New York City while he was mayor. But many other students -- including some who questioned the tactic -- defended his right to speak.
Michael Boyd, associate dean of English, humanities and language studies at Illinois Central College, has been appointed as vice president for instruction and student success at Kankakee Community College, also in Illinois.
Yeshiva wants to form a new entity with its longtime partner that runs the university hospital at the medical college, the Montefiore Health System. Shortfalls at the university as a whole have been driven by operations at the medical college.
Under the planned arrangement, Montefiore will take “greater responsibility for the day-to-day operations and financial management” of the medical college while Yeshiva will remain the degree-granting institution for it, the university and the health system said in a news release. The university’s trustees and the health system’s board leadership have endorsed the plan, but there is not yet a final agreement and that agreement would then be subject to regulatory approval.