IN THE NEWS: Call the recent gifts given to Tulane University (LA) a holdover of dot-com hubris, or just a good example of school spirit. Netscape co-founder Jim Clark and Yahoo co-founder David Filo each gave their alma mater, Tulane, $30 million. Income from the $60 million sum, given to the endowment, will help undergraduate students of extraordinary academic merit... The atmosphere is just a wee bit less tense at the University of Hawaii these days. The regents decided, after all, to not fire President Evan Dobelle "for cause." While Dobelle is still out, the regents have cleared him of wrongdoing and have agreed to pay him a reported $1.8 million in salary, cash, and legal fees... Paul Yu resigned the presidency of San Jose State University (CA) just three weeks after taking office. Yu, who left for health reasons, will return with his family to New York, where he had been president of one of the schools in the state system. Officials at San Jose expect a new presidential search to take at least six months... Sports scandals continue to plague colleges and universities. The men's and women's basketball coaches resigned from LaSalle University (PA) this summer after the school began investigations into charges that a woman athlete was raped by two players on the men's team and discouraged from talking about it by the coaches. Men's coach Billy Hahn and women's coach John Miller were put on administrative leave prior to their decisions to resign.
APPOINTED AND PROMOTED: Robert Birgeneau will leave the president's post at the University of Toronto to become chancellor of the University of California Berkeley. Birgeneau wants to encourage private funding for the university and increase diversity in admissions. At U Toronto he oversaw a record fundraising campaign that brought in $750 million... Kevin Reilly was named president of the University of Wisconsin system. He was chancellor of the UW system's Extension campus... Hazel O'Leary, who served as U.S. Secretary of Energy under President Clinton, has been named president of Fisk University (TN). Fisk, a historically black university, enrolls 825 students... Nancy Oliver Gray, the president since 1999 of Converse College (SC), a woman's college, is the new president of Hollins University (VA), a liberal arts school for women... Deirdre Woods was named CIO and associate dean for the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. At Wharton for 17 years, Woods is credited with teaming IT staff directly with faculty to better create new systems and technologies.
--Jean Marie Angelo