College administration

Finances First

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Amid complaints that faculty and others were excluded from search for new president -- an accountant with no advanced degree -- trustees at private college say fiscal concerns trumped all.

New Presidents or Provosts: Asheville-Buncombe Technical CC, Broome CC, Higher Colleges of Technology, Maryville College, Pacific Oaks College, Singapore U. of Technology and Design, Southeastern Oklahoma State U.

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  • William T. (Tom) Bogart, dean of academic affairs and professor of economics at York College of Pennsylvania, has been selected as president of Maryville College, in Tennessee.
  • Cindy Carter, acting president and vice president of academic affairs at Pacific Oaks College, in California, has been promoted to president on a permanent basis.
  • New Presidents or Provosts: Centenary College (La.), Central Georgia Technical College, Essex County College, Harrison College, Southwestern Oklahoma State U., Truman State U.

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  • Edythe M. Abdullah, president of the downtown campus of Florida State College in Jacksonville, has been selected as president of Essex County College, in New Jersey.
  • Bold Choices

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    Grinnell's new president reflects growing trend of liberal arts colleges hiring leaders from different kinds of institutions -- a development that may also increase the diversity of the selections.

    Filling Key Presidency in Christian Higher Ed

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    Wheaton of Illinois names a new leader -- at a time the college enjoys greater prominence and faces some criticism.

    Flat Salaries for Senior Officials

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    Median increase for top higher ed administrators in 2009-10 is 0%.

    New Presidents or Provosts: Abilene Christian U., Ivy Tech CC, Marian U., Michigan Technological U., Purdue U., Texas A

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  • Richard Caulfield, director of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks' Tanana Valley Campus, has been selected as provost of the University of Alaska Southeast.
  • Steven R. DiSalvo, president and founder of the Hopewell Group, a consulting group in New York, has been appointed as president of Marian University, in Wisconsin.
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  • Layoffs Without 'Financial Exigency'

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    One of the ultimate protections of being a tenured faculty member, historically, has been being immune from layoff in all but the most extraordinary circumstances. Under policies issued by the American Association of University Professors and largely accepted by higher education leaders, only institutions that declare "financial exigency" -- a state so dire that it "threatens the survival of the institution as a whole" -- can eliminate the jobs of tenured faculty members.

    New Presidents or Provosts: Baylor U., Briarcliffe College, College of the Albemarle, U. of Michigan at Flint, U. of San Francisco, William Penn U., Youngstown State U.

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  • Cynthia Anderson, vice president for student affairs at Youngstown State University, in Ohio, has been selected as president there.
  • David M. Cohen, vice president/provost at Five Towns College, in New York, has been appointed provost at Briarcliffe College, also in New York.
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  • Challenges of Twitter and Plato

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    College presidents are urged to embrace the latest technology -- and to engage in timeless philosophical debates.


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