IN THE NEWS: Thomas Hearn officially stepped down as president of Wake Forest University (N.C.) in June. Hearn, who had led the private university for 22 years, is credited with raising the school's status from respected regional university, to a national institution with a "Southern accent," according to Murray Greason, chair of the board of trustees. Hearn told the press that his early years were the hardest. During that time, he changed the relationship between Wake Forest and North Carolina's Baptist Convention. Until Hearn came along, the convention appointed the university's trustees. Hearn, a one-time seminarian, broke the strong ties between the university and the church, moving Wake Forest toward self-governance. He paid a price in those early years, as he cast about for other financial supporters. Today, Wake Forest has an $800 million endowment, up from $125 million since the mid-1980s. In 2003, Hearn suffered a brain tumor and took time off. He came back to run Wake Forest last year, but immediately announced his plans to retire...Cornell University President Jeffrey Lehman surprised an audience of alumni and staff when he announced his retirement at the end of a speech given during a weekend gathering this summer. He cited differences of opinion with the Ivy League university's board of trustees as his reason for leaving. Observers note, though, that there was no apparent conflict between Lehman and the board. He will continue to be a professor at the Cornell Law School and also will be senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International School of Law. Former President Hunter Rawlings has agreed to step in and serve as interim president... Li Ka-shing, a Hong Kong billionaire, has given $40 million to the University of California Berkeley. Ka-shing, known for his generous $128 million gift to the medical program at the University of Hong Kong, also founded Shantou University in China in an effort to improve the higher education system there. UC Berkeley visited Shantou last year in hopes of landing a gift from Ka-shing. His $40 million donation will be used to build a new health-sciences center... North Carolina State University has reportedly been ordered to pay $300,000 to two women research assistants who were harassed by Shuaib Ahmad, a former civil engineering professor. The state Industrial Commission's order says university officials learned in 1987 that the professor was accused of sexual harassment, yet promoted him to be a full professor and head of a research laboratory.
APPOINTED AND PROMOTED: Nathan Hatch, most recently the provost at the University of Notre Dame (Ind.), became president of Wake Forest on July 1. Until being selected in January to run the university, Hatch had spent his entire academic career at Notre Dame, first as a faculty member, then later as a dean and a vice president. He is a religion scholar and author of The Democratization of American Christianity (Yale University Press, 1991)... Rev. John Jenkins will be the next president of the University of Notre Dame, succeeding Rev. Edward Malloy who led the university for 18 years. Jenkins, a Notre Dame alumnus, has been a member of the university's philosophy faculty since 1990 and recently served as vice president and provost... Betsy Fleming will be the next president of Converse College (S.C.), a private women's IHE. Fleming, 36, is currently the executive director of the Gibbs Museum of Art in Charleston. Her new position begins in October 2005... Kim Clark is leaving his job as dean of the Harvard Business School to become president of the newest Mormon higher education endeavor--Brigham Young University, Idaho. Clark, has headed Harvard's Business School since 1995... Jerry MacArthur Hultin, a former under secretary of the Navy, will be the next president of Polytechnic University (N.Y.)... Indiana Wesleyan University has picked its number two man, Executive Vice President Henry Smith, to be its next president... Ann Paton, an executive vice president of the FAU Foundation at Florida Atlantic University, will be the next vice president for institutional advancement at Barry University (Fla.)... Amelia Tynan, vice provost and CIO at the University of Rochester (N.Y), will become vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Tufts University (Mass.) in September. Robert Sternberg has been named Dean of Tufts' School of Arts and Sciences... Harvard University (Mass.) has appointed its first diversity adviser. Lisa Martin, a professor of international affairs in the government department, will guide deans and faculty on matters of racial, gender and ethnic diversity. --J.M.A.