Cross-disciplinary communication is key for CFO effectiveness (essay)

Business officers are susceptible to getting siloed. Christine Helwick offers suggestions for how they can work effectively with leaders in other campus disciplines.

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Dean and CFO - can it work?

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A small college has a business school dean who is also the CFO. Can it work?

New presidents provosts: Clemson Hopkinsville Millikin MVSU Lowcountry Spring Hill

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  • Jay S. Allen, vice president of the Perkinston Campus and George County Center of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, has been named president of Hopkinsville Community College, in Kentucky.

Longer Distances for Athlete Travel

An article in The New York Times explores the impact of conference realignment on the travel logistics of college athletes. Many teams are traveling much longer distances, resulting in greater time and expense to reach opponents, as conferences no longer are confined to particular regions.

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Santa Clara U. faculty object to change in health plans to deny abortion coverage

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Santa Clara U.'s Faculty Senate has deemed the administration's new exclusion of elective abortions from insurance coverage "invalid," and wants the Board of Trustees to take up the matter.

AAUP says professor was inappropriately denied tenure

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AAUP finds that professor was denied tenure for his role in a conflict between linguistics and TESL faculty, which helped prompt a faculty vote of no confidence in Northeastern Illinois U.'s president and provost.

Cal Poly Student Diagnosed With Meningitis

California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obipso announced Thursday that one of its students has been diagnosed with meningitis. The student lives off campus and officials said that they did not believe there was a problem with broad exposure on campus. The announcement comes as officials at Princeton University and the University of California at Santa Barbara grapple with multiple cases of meningitis at their institutions. Princeton gave vaccines to thousands last week. The vaccines are not the standard ones used in the United States, but a new version for a strain that is showing up at Princeton. Santa Barbara officials are considering whether they should offer the same vaccine, The Los Angeles Times reported.

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California University Leaders Now Skeptical on Online Solutions

California has been the site of much high-level political excitement about the potential of new models of online education to provide introductory or remedial courses at low cost. But The San Jose Mercury News reported that the leaders of the University of California and California State University Systems -- in a joint appearance Friday -- were skeptical. Janet Napolitano, the UC president, said she thought online education probably wouldn't solve issues related to providing most courses, but could be a useful tool for specialized courses. Timothy White, the Cal State chancellor, meanwhile called the much-debated experiment between San Jose State University and Udacity a failure, the article said. It quoted him as saying: "For those who say, 'Well, Tim, you'll save a lot of money if ... you do more things online,' that's not correct." (A spokeswoman for California State University said Monday that the quotes attributed to White were inaccurate, and that his comments were not about a specific campus.)


Texas A&M Board Rejects Governor's Choice

The Texas A&M University Board of Regents on Saturday named Mark Hussey as interim president of the system's flagship campus at College Station, The Texas Tribune reported. Hussey, dean of agriculture and life sciences, has strong support on the campus and from the system administration. But his selection wasn't a sure thing when Governor Rick Perry, a Republican who has appointed all of the regents, backed another candidate, Guy Diedrich, the system's vice chancellor for strategic initiatives.

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Charles Vest, Former MIT President, Dies at 72

Charles M. Vest, who was president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1990 until 2004, died Thursday at the age of 72. Vest, who after he left MIT became president of the National Academy of Engineering, had been fighting pancreatic cancer. Vest was widely credited with a highly successful presidency, and with being an eloquent national advocate for science. While Vest led MIT, the institute launched a project (seen by many as the precursor of the massive open online course movement) in which all course materials were made available online and free. He also supported female professors at MIT who produced a report on the obstacles facing women at the institute, and Vest's endorsement led the institute to adopt many of their proposals. A full obituary from MIT may be found here.

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