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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.

Tim Jordan has been named vice chancellor, CFO at Antioch University

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  • Tim Jordan has been named vice chancellor and chief financial officer at Antioch University (Ohio). He has served in finance-related capacities with Antioch for almost 30 years, most recently as the vice president for finance and administration at Antioch University New England (N.H.).

Eastern Kentucky University Taps 12th President

Higher ed leadership news
  • Michael T. Benson will put his knack for leadership and raising funds to use as president of Eastern Kentucky University, beginning August 1. Currently leading Southern Utah University, he is working to raise $30 million for the Southern Utah Center for the Arts, $28 million of which has been raised so far. He directed and developed SUU’s $100 million The Future is Rising comprehensive campaign, of which $85 million had been raised as of early April.

Millersville University Taps New President

John M. Anderson, president of Alfred State College (N.Y.), has been selected to serve as the next president of Millersville University (Pa.), to begin April 1. He will succeed Francine G. McNairy, who retired in January after serving as Millersville’s president for nearly 10 years.

Smith College Taps New President

Kathleen McCartney, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and a member of the founding board of edX, has been selected as the 11th president of Smith College (Mass.), effective July 1. During her time at Harvard, the HGSE raised $162 million, including two $10 million gifts supporting programs to develop partnerships between the schools of business and government and the education school. McCartney succeeds Carol T.

Dickinson College Hires First Female President

  • Dickinson College (Pa.) will be led by a female for the first time when Nancy A. Roseman begins as the college’s 28th president on July 1, 2013. Formerly a dean at Williams College (Mass.) for seven years, she will succeed William G. Durden, who will retire June 30 after 14 years as president. At Williams, Roseman later became assistant to the president for special projects, where she developed and implemented policies to improve the lives of students, such as those on financial aid who needed assistance purchasing textbooks.

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Timothy P. White, who will become the seventh chancellor of The California State University system come December, understands the value of a public education. Born in Argentina, he immigrated to California and is a first-generation college student who has matriculated within every college system in the state. Currently chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, White was previously president of the University of Idaho. He is succeeding Charles B. Reed, who is retiring from the 23-campus system after 14 years.

Yale University President Stepping Down

  • Yale University (Conn.) President Richard C. Levin will step down at the end of this academic year. During his 20-year tenure, he advanced Yale’s schools and academic programs, particularly strengthening science, engineering, and medicine at the university. He oversaw the largest buildingand renovation program on campus since the 1930s, built partnerships with the city of New Haven, and also expanded Yale’s international activities. Levin has led Yale longer than any other president currently in the Ivy League or the 61-member Association of American Universities.

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Pradeep K. Khosla has been tapped as the eighth chancellor of the University of California, San Diego. He’ll succeed Marye Anne Fox, who is resigning, on August 1. As dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s (Pa.) Carnegie Institute of Technology for the past eight years, Khosla has initiated undergraduate curriculum reform, successful diversity efforts, multidisciplinary and multi-college research centers, multidisciplinary graduate offerings, and international programs in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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