Higher Education Quick Takes

Quick Takes

February 12, 2010
  • M. Sue Baughman, assistant dean for organizational development at the University of Maryland at College Park, has been appointed as associate deputy executive director at the Association of Research Libraries.
  • Paul Goren, senior vice president of the Spencer Foundation, in Chicago, has been chosen as the Lewis-Sebring Director of the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago.
  • Gayle Green, dean of the Northern Wake Campus of Wake Technical Community College, in North Carolina, has been promoted to associate vice president of the Wake Tech's Northern Wake Campus.
  • Donald Hossler, professor and executive associate dean at Indiana University at Bloomington's School of Education, has been selected as executive director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, in Virginia.
  • Shirley M. Ramirez, vice president for institutional planning and community engagement at Lafayette College, in Pennsylvania, has been named dean of the college and chief diversity officer at Middlebury College, in Vermont.
  • Brenda Simon, a fellow in the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford University's law school, has become a member of the faculty at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, also in California.
  • Dennis W. Smith Jr., professor of chemistry and material science and engineering at Clemson University, in South Carolina, has been named the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Margaret Winters, assistant professor of nursing at Huntington University, in Indiana, has been promoted to associate professor of nursing there.
  • The appointments above are drawn from The Lists on Inside Higher Ed, which also includes a comprehensive catalog of upcoming events in higher education. To submit job changes or calendar items, please click here.

    February 12, 2010

    President Obama will give commencement addresses at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Hampton University this spring, the universities announced Thursday. The Washington Post quoted an administration official as saying that the president's third commencement speech this spring would be at one of the military academies, as is custom.

    February 12, 2010

    The Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education is declining to get involved in a dispute between public and private colleges over the state's student aid program, The Kansas City Star reported. The current system allows students at private colleges, which generally have higher tuition rates, to receive a maximum of $4,600, more than twice the maximum grant to students at public institutions. As a result, more aid goes to private than public institutions. Some public university leaders are backing legislation that would set a maximum grant level for all four-year institutions, public or private.

    February 12, 2010

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I Committee on Infractions on Thursday punished the University of Central Florida for a series of recruiting violations in its football program. The case was resolved through the association's summary disposition process. Two former athletics officials at the university made scores of telephone calls and sent text messages to prospective athletes in contravention of NCAA recruiting rules. The NCAA panel limited Central Florida's recruiting practices and required the colleges that now employ the two former officials -- who were not identified by the association -- to suspend them for two weeks and restrict their duties.

    February 11, 2010

    A Wisconsin judge has ruled that the University of Wisconsin at Madison does not have to reveal the anonymous donor of $15 million for a new music facility, The Associated Press reported. The owner of a bar that is fighting to block the university's building plans sought a court order that would have allowed them to question the donors. Fund raisers expressed concern that if the bar owner had won the right to know the donors' names, other potential donors who want anonymity would have been discouraged from giving. The bar's property could be destroyed in the university's plans for its new facility.

    February 11, 2010

    Ivor van Heerden, who was a leading whistle blower in the analysis of what went wrong after Katrina hit New Orleans, is suing Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, charging that he was fired from his position at the university's hurricane research because of anger over his criticisms of the Army Corps of Engineers, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. LSU officials deny that he lost his position for that reason, but decline to discuss specifics, citing the confidentiality of employment matters.

    February 11, 2010

    Gretchen Bataille announced Wednesday that she is leaving the presidency of the University of North Texas at the end of the month, stunning many on the campus. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Bataille was named to the position in 2006, and has been a forceful advocate for the institution's push to become a research university. Student leaders, who said that they considered her a strong ally, said they were concerned about the news. No explanation has been offered for the sudden resignation.

    February 11, 2010

    Educators and schools -- at all levels -- are experiencing more attacks by government and other officials, according to a report released Wednesday by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The study includes numerous examples of attacks on higher education, such as a scholar in Chad who was attacked with a grenade by government officials after he wrote about a previous regime, and assassination attempts on a Columbian academic who wrote articles linking government officials to the illegal drug industry.

    February 11, 2010

    The University of Iowa has canceled a student-run theater's planned showing of a pornographic film this weekend, The Iowa City Press-Citizen reported. A spokesman said: "It is clearly not in the public interest for a public facility at a public institution to be showing a film of this nature. If showing the film were essential to an educational objective, the situation would be different. The intent in this case was to provide entertainment."

    February 11, 2010

    Stand With Us, a group supportive of Israel, has placed video on YouTube showing Monday's incident at the University of California at Irvine in which the Israeli ambassador to the United States was repeatedly interrupted with shouts and jeers, delaying and disrupting his talk. The video shows students shouting, the increasingly frustrated responses from university officials and several students -- some of whom were arrested -- being escorted from the auditorium.

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