New Presidents or Provosts: Ashland Community-Technical College, Central CC-Grand Island, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mesa CC-Red Mountain, Northern Michigan U., Swinburne U. of Technology, U. of Maryland-College Park

August 17, 2012


  • Patricia Adkins, president of Yuba College, in California, has been named president of Ashland Community and Technical College, part of the Kentucky Community-Technical College System.
  • Patrick Burkhart, assistant director for workforce development at the Maricopa County Human Services Department, in Arizona, has been named provost at Mesa Community College's Red Mountain Campus and Downtown Center.
  • Michael Calvert, dean for humanities and social sciences at Butler Community College, in Kansas, has been selected as president of the Grand Island campus of Central Community College, in Nebraska.
  • Chris A. Kaiser, professor and chair of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been named provost there.
  • Jennelle Kyd, deputy vice chancellor-academic and research and acting vice chancellor-international at Central Queensland University, in Australia, has been chosen as senior deputy vice chancellor and provost at Swinburne University of Technology, also in Australia.
  • Paul Lang, interim provost and dean of the College of Professional Studies at Northern Michigan University, has been appointed as provost and vice president for academic affairs there.
  • Mary Ann Rankin, CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative, in Texas, has been selected as senior vice president and provost at the University of Maryland at College Park.


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