Sean T. Buffington, associate provost for arts and culture and director of cultural programs at Harvard University, in Massachusetts, has been named president of the University of the Arts, in Pennsylvania.
(Larry) Michael Bower, executive dean of Mott Community College, in Michigan, has been appointed president of Lake Region State College, in North Dakota.
Carol Bresnahan, vice provost for academic programs and policies and professor of history at the University of Toledo, in Ohio, has been chosen as provost and executive vice president at the College of New Jersey.
U. of California taps esteemed Texas chancellor as president and unveils plans for smaller central office. But critics say board chair's backdoor search process proves regents don't respect university governance.
It is hardly uncommon for officials at organizations that have just hired new leaders to express great enthisiasm about the men or women they've just selected. It's a little rarer, though, when those expressions of satisfaction also ring loudly with wonderment, as if the organization is almost surprised by its good fortune in lassoing the candidate. And rarer still when the organization is widely viewed as a preeminent one that is accustomed to getting what it wants.