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Robert L. Caret named the next chancellor of University System of Maryland

Robert Morris University President Gregory Dell’Omo stepping down to become president of Rider University

Robert L. Caret has been named the next chancellor of the University System of Maryland. On July 1, Caret will succeed William E. Kirwan, who will retire after having held the position since 2002.

Caret has led the University of Massachusetts since July 2011, during which time he has become a leading spokesperson on college affordability and student debt. His pursuit of a 50-50 funding formula for UMass resulted in the state and students contributing equally to the university’s general education program, and a 22 percent increase in the base budget for two years.

Timothy L. Killeen named president of the University of Illinois system

University System of Georgia appoints Tom Hackett interim president of Columbus State University

Timothy L. Killeen, vice chancellor for research and president of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, will become the 20th president of the University of Illinois system.

He spent more than 20 years teaching and in administration at the University of Michigan, and he served as assistant director for geosciences at the National Science Foundation before joining SUNY in 2012. With an expected start date of July 1, Killeen will succeed Bob Easter, who is retiring.

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W. Kent Fuchs named president of University of Florida

As Cornell's provost, Fuchs developed strategic plan for achieving academic preeminence

W. Kent Fuchs, provost of Cornell University, has been named president of the University of Florida.

Fuchs developed Cornell’s strategic plan for achieving academic preeminence as one of the world’s top 10 universities; launched a university-wide reimagining initiative that enhanced Cornell’s academic stature; and led a team and a strategy that resulted in the creation of a new graduate applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island, New York City.

Elizabeth Garrett named first female president of Cornell University

Sen. John E. Thrasher chosen as president at Florida State University

Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of Southern California, has been named the first female and 13th president of Cornell University.

Garrett will assume the post in July, when David J. Skorton leaves to become secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. As USC’s second-ranking officer, Garrett oversees 18 professional schools, in addition to the divisions of student affairs, research, libraries, information technology services, student religious life and enrollment services.

Norman Francis to leave Xavier University at end of school year

In other people news, Mark Schlissel is inaugurated as University of Michigan’s 14th president

The longest-serving university president in the country, Norman Francis of Xavier University of Louisiana, will retire after the 2014-15 academic year, nearly 47 years after he took office.

Admiral William H. McRaven named University of Texas chancellor

Also in People Watch: Wayne A. I. Frederick appointed 17th president of Howard University

The governing board of The University of Texas System has selected Admiral William H. McRaven, currently commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, to take over as chancellor in January 2015.

George W. Hynd named the sixth president of Oakland University

George W. Hynd has been named the sixth president of Oakland University (Mich.), succeeding Betty J. Youngblood, interim president since July 2013.

Paul W. Ferguson named president at Ball State

Also: The University of Baltimore and Union College (Neb.) pick new leaders

Ball State University has selected Paul W. Ferguson as its 15th president. He comes to the Indiana school from The University of Maine, where he has been president since 2011.

Ferguson led a comprehensive strategic planning process there called “The Blue Sky Project,” which focused on transforming both the undergraduate and graduate student experience. He begins his new tenure on Aug. 1, replacing President Jo Ann Gora, who retired on June 30.

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Scott L. Scarborough named University of Akron president

Other people news: M. David Rudd chosen as 12th president of The University of Memphis

The University of Akron in Ohio has selected Scott L. Scarborough, now provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Toledo, as its next president.

At UT, he directed the development of a new strategic plan, “Imagine 2017,” and organized a system of “portal colleges” designed to meet the needs of meet the needs of a range of nontraditional students with a variety of academic backgrounds.

Scarborough will assume the presidency on July 1, replacing Luis Proenza, who is stepping down after 15 years.

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Marylou Yam appointed president of Notre Dame of Maryland University

More people news: University of Phoenix has hired University of Michigan CFO Tim Slottow as its new president

Marylou Yam has been appointed as the 14th president of Notre Dame of Maryland University, effective July 1. Yam joins the school from Saint Peter’s University (N.J.), where she served as provost and vice president for academic affairs.

She worked to expand Saint Peter’s from a college to a university and helped established its first two doctoral programs and its schools of nursing and education. Yam will replace Interim President Joan Develin Coley.

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