College administration

An Unlikely Dean

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A Microsoft executive who had given up on plans for an academic career is chosen to lead Lawrence University's Conservatory of Music.

New Presidents or Provosts: Antioch U. Los Angeles, Indiana U-Purdue U. Fort Wayne, Le Moyne College, Northeastern State U., St. Francis College (N.Y.), Santa Barbara City College District, U. of Wisconsin-River Falls, Washington U. in St. Louis

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  • Sylvia Rodriguez Andrew, former dean and professor of the College of Social Work at San Jose State University, in California, has been chosen as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Antioch University Los Angeles.
  • Don Betz, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, has been appointed as president of Northeastern State University.
  • Brendan J.
  • New Presidents or Provosts: Florida Gulf Coast U., Manatee CC, Marylhurst U., Metropolitan State U., Northwest Nazarene U., Quinnipiac U., U. of Southern Mississippi

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  • David Alexander, vice president for university advancement at Southern Nazarene University, in Oklahoma, has been chosen as president of Northwest Nazarene University, in Idaho.
  • Lars Hafner, provost of St. Petersburg College, in Florida, has been selected as president of Manatee Community College, also in Florida.
  • Sue K.
  • Too Catholic, Even for Many Monks

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    At Saint Vincent College, a president with a White House pedigree raises hackles of students, professors and many Benedictine clergy with his orthodoxy and perceived interference.

    'Failures of Leadership'

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    A panel charged with investigating West Virginia University's decision to award a master of business administration degree retroactively to the governor’s daughter last fall found that senior administrators showed poor judgment and a failure of academic leadership in hastily opting to grant the degree -- without clear or sufficient evidence that Heather Bresch had fairly earned it.

    In fact, the panel found, she had not.

    Unexpected Departure at Simmons

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    President quits after less than 2 years in office; board chair without academic background named as interim for 2-3 years.

    New Presidents or Provosts: American U. in Cairo, Benedictine U., Kilian CC, Marquette U., Metropolitan State U., Minnesota State U. Moorhead

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  • Lisa Anderson, James T. Shotwell Professor of International Relations and former dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, in New York, has been named provost at American University in Cairo.
  • Sue K.
  • Degree Scandal at West Virginia Fells Provost

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    As anger builds in wake of report finding wrongdoing in awarding of M.B.A. to governor's daughter, questions arise whether resignation will be the last.

    The Spending Side of the Equation

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    New analysis -- attempting to shift college cost debate -- finds shrinking share of funds going to instruction and growing public-private gap.

    New Presidents or Provosts: Bucknell U., Gustavus Adolphus College, Loyola U. New Orleans, Saint Xavier U., Tarleton State U., Texas A

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  • F. Dominic Dottavio, president of Heidelberg College, in Ohio, has been selected as president of Tarleton State University, in Texas.
  • Angela Durante, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, professor of sociology, and academic associate to the provost at Lewis University, in Illinois, has been appointed provost at Saint Xavier University, also in Illinois.
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