Higher Education's People Watch
Harvard Names First Woman President
Drew Gilpin Faust recalls her mother lecturing her that "this is a man's world, sweetie, and the sooner you learn that, the better off you'll be." It was a lesson, she wrote in a memoir, that she refused to accept. Harvard University has named Faust the first female president in the school's 371-year history. "I hope that my own appointment can be one symbol of an opening of opportunities that would have been inconceivable even a generation ago," Faust said. But she also added, "I'm not the woman president of Harvard, I'm the president of Harvard."
Bryn Mawr President to Retire in '08
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Nancy J. Vickers said she would first complete a fund-raising campaign at the women's college, which she has led since 1997.
Brown to Step Down As President of University of Colorado in '08
After bringing a measure of calm to a university rocked by scandal, University of Colorado president Hank Brown announced Thursday that he will step down next year. Coming into the job, Brown pounded the theme of changing university culture and making its workings more open and transparent. The president said he believes he can finish that job by his February 2008 resignation date.
Francesco Cesareo to Lead Assumption College
Cesareo most recently served as dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. He will assume his duties this summer.
University of Virginia Provost Named Chancellor of UCLA
The new chancellor of UCLA will work on increasing campus diversity, something that has been an issue for the prestigious school. Gene D. Block, vice president and provost at the University of Virginia was appointed to the job of leading UCLA by the University of California system's governing Board of Regents.
New President for Sarah Lawrence College Takes Office August 2007
Karen Lawrence will be the tenth president of Sarah Lawrence College, succeeding Michele Tolela Myers, who has held the office since 1998. Lawrence is currently dean of the School of Humanities at the University of California, Irvine.
Former White House Aide Named President of Saint Vincent's College
H. James Towey, the next president of the Roman Catholic college, served for four years at the White House and was Assistant to the President of the United States and director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. He was was a fulltime volunteer with the late Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity, in a mission in Mexico and in her Washington, D.C. home for people with AIDS. He was legal counsel to Mother Teresa for 12 years.
Washington State University Picks New President
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Elson Floyd, currently president of the University of Missouri system, is Washington State University's 10th president.
Daniel J. Martin Takes Helm of Mount Vernon Nazarene University
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Daniel Martin has served in a number of roles in Nazarene higher education. Prior to going to Point Loma in 2000, he served at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan., in various roles such as the vice president for Finance, vice president for Enrollment Development and executive assistant to the president.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Names David Behrs President
Behrs, who currently serves as both the associate provost for university initiatives and the vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Dominican University of California, has more than 22 years of experience in higher education. Behrs will be SMWC's first lay Catholic president.