IN THE NEWS: Robert King, chancellor of the State University of New York, surprised and frustrated New York officials, including Gov. George Pataki, when he refused to quit his job. King had reportedly previously agreed to take a $170,000 buyout payment for a leave of absence, a move that would have allowed Pataki to execute a planned overhaul of the SUNY system. King changed his mind after critics denounced his sabbatical payment as extravagant, especially in light of his proposed $600 tuition increase. He has said he will stay on the job for six more months... Richard Byyny, the chancellor at the University of Colorado, is stepping down to be come the first executive director of UC Hospital's health-policy center. Byyny was criticized for his oversight of the athletic department, which was the subject of a grand jury probe last year. As was widely reported, the university's athletic department was found to have used sex and alcohol to recruit players. Three women sued the school, alleging that football players raped them. Byyny says his decision to change jobs is unrelated to the UC scandals. His announcement came three weeks after Athletic Director Dick Tharp resigned his job... Harvard University (Mass.) is known for its hefty $22.6 billion endowment and Jack Meyer is the man credited for much of the growth. He ran Harvard
Management Co. since 1990 and has grown the endowment from $4.7 billion. But now Meyer is moving on. Although he has called his time at Harvard "enormous fun," he now wants to start his own private investment firm. He also admitted to Business Week that he has grown weary of the annual debate about how much he and his top five investment managers earn (a collective $78.4 million)... Martha Gilliland, chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, decided to resign in the face of faculty unrest. She has been chancellor for 4.5 years, but has been criticized by faculty for focusing too much on image and ignoring academic improvements... Trustees and alumni association leaders at Alabama A&M University have decided that President John Gibson must go. Gibson, president since 1996, reportedly was accused by some trustees of not raising sufficient funds for the university and not exercising strong management... Ryan Wolf, basketball coach at Barton County Community College (Kan.), is facing 37 federal criminal charges. He is accused of not only tampering with grades so that athletes could play NCAA Division I basketball, but also stealing $120,000 in federal Pell Grant, student employment, and student loan funds.
APPOINTED AND PROMOTED: When the Nevada Board of Regents hired Fred Maryanski to be the next president of Nevada State College they made him the second highest paid higher ed administrator in the state. His $225,000 salary trails only Carol Harter, president of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, who earns $263,000... Over the objections of many faculty, students and alumni, the trustees of Louisiana College elected Joseph Aguillard to be the school's next president. The liberal arts, Baptist college of 1,000 students, has been torn by in-fighting for more than a year. Some claim the school has drifted too far from its Baptist roots, while others fear that it is becoming too "anti-intellectual" and "fundamentalist." Aguillard, who joined in 2000, is known to be more conservative in his views and has been critical of the school's academics. Even so, the students voted him professor of the year in 2004... Daniel Weiss, the dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at The John Hopkins University, will take the presidency of Lafayette College (Pa.) on July 1.