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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.

Eric J. Barron named president at Penn State

More people news: E. Gordon Gee was named West Virginia University’s permanent president

Eric J. Barron, president of Florida State University, has been named the 18th president of The Pennsylvania State University.

According to the Penn State Board of Trustees, the selection committee was compelled by Barron’s role leading a doctoral research university that also has a law school and a college of medicine, as well as his strategic plan to take FSU into the top 25 ranking of national public universities.

People Watch: Michael V. Drake selected president at The Ohio State University

Also: University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken accepts chancellor position at City University of New York

University of California, Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake has been selected as The Ohio State University’s 15th, and first black, president, effective June 30.

He will replace E. Gordon Gee, who resigned last July after controversy erupted over comments he made at an athletic council meeting. Drake has served as UCI chancellor since 2005 and has been with the University of California system for 35 years. More people news:

Gwendolyn Boyd becomes president of Alabama St.

Also: Timothy D. Sands named the 16th president at Virginia Tech

Gwendolyn Boyd has begun her tenure as Alabama State University’s 14th (and first female) president, succeeding William H. Harris, interim president and president emeritus. Boyd was previously an engineer and executive assistant to the Applied Physics Laboratory chief of staff at Johns Hopkins University, where she had worked for the past 33 years.

E. Gordon Gee, Ohio State University president, retires

Higher ed leadership news
  • E. Gordon Gee, known for enhancing the academic profile of The Ohio State University and for his expansive bow tie collection, retired on July 1. He served as president of Ohio State from 1990 to 1997 and from 2007 to 2013, during which he contributed to strengthening the university’s long-term financial condition, most recently helping to raise more than $1.6 billion in private support. Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph A. Alutto, previously executive vice president and provost, has taken over as interim president.

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