College administration

Gordon Gee's Call for 'Reinvention' of Higher Ed

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WASHINGTON -- Noting that the United States created land-grant colleges in the middle of the Civil War, E. Gordon Gee told his fellow college presidents Sunday evening that the current economic crisis is no reason not to consider bold and far-reaching reforms of the institutions. "I am calling for intentional upheaval at our colleges and universities just when fiscal chaos already places us on the edge," Gee said here at the annual meeting of the American Council on Education.

The choice for higher education, he said: "reinvention or extinction."

Happy but Not Looking to Be the Chief

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Study of chief academic officers finds that they like their jobs. But in potential break with traditional patterns, they don't necessarily want to become presidents.

New Presidents or Provosts: CC of the U. of the District of Columbia, Grand Rapids CC, Mansfield U. of Pa., Occidental College, Sweet Briar College, U. of Southern Indiana

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  • New Presidents or Provosts: Lebanon Valley College, North Florida CC, U. of Wisconsin-River Falls, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Williston State College

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  • Michael Green, associate dean and associate vice president at Augustana College, in Illinois, has been named vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Lebanon Valley College, in Pennsylvania.
  • Transparent Boycott Target

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    After Washington U. in St. Louis bans the sale of bottled water on campus, other anti-bottle campaigns gain momentum.

    New Presidents or Provosts: Beloit College, Defiance College, Fielding Graduate U., McPherson College, State U. of New York, Webster U.

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  • H. Scott Bierman, academic dean of Carleton College, in Minnesota, has been chosen as president of Beloit College, in Wisconsin.
  • Mark C. Gordon, dean of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, has been named president of Defiance College, in Ohio.
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  • Coaches in Waiting

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    The hot new trend in big-time college sports: Tap a key assistant as the head coach's eventual successor. Is that smart planning, does it diminish opportunity for minority candidates, or both?

    New Presidents or Provosts: Gettysburg College, Grantham U., Pace U., Providence Christian College, Southeastern Louisiana U.

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  • John L. Crain, interim president and former provost and vice presisdent for academic affairs at Southeastern Louisiana University, has been named president there on a permanent basis.
  • Stephen J. Friedman, acting president of Pace University, in New York, has been appointed to the job on a permanent basis.
  • J. Derek Halvorson, as the College’s 2nd president, effective July 1.
  • 'Mission and Money' in Higher Ed

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    Even before the economic collapse, colleges have been going through intense debates about how they should be financed and what missions they should hold onto -- and which they should revamp. A new book from Cambridge University Press, Mission and Money: Understanding the University, explores these issues. The authors are Burton A. Weisbrod, the John Evans Professor of Economics at Northwestern University; Jeffrey P.

    New Presidents or Provosts: Cornerstone U., Georgia Institute of Technology, Mississippi Valley State U., Mount Mary College, Ranken Technical College, Swarthmore College, U. of California at Riverside

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  • Rebecca S. Chopp, president of Colgate University, in New York, has been selected as president of Swarthmore College, in Pennsylvania.
  • Rick Ostrander, interim vice president for academic affairs at John Brown University, in Arkansas, has been chosen as provost and chief academic officer at Cornerstone University, in Michigan.
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