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Hank M. Bounds, Mississippi’s commissioner of higher education, becomes president of University of Nebraska on April 13.

University of Nebraska has selected Hank M. Bounds, Mississippi’s commissioner of higher education, as the system’s seventh president. He’ll replace interim President James Linder.

During Bounds’ two-year tenure as higher ed commissioner, student enrollment and degrees awarded by the institutions in the Mississippi system have increased by 13.3 percent and 11.4 percent, respectively.

He has advocated for increasing faculty compensation and providing greater opportunities for students.

Robert L. Caret was a leading spokesperson on college affordability and student debt while leading the University of Massachusetts.

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.

Incoming University of Illinois president Timothy L. Killeen is currently vice chancellor for research and president of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York.

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, provost of Cornell University, led a team that created a new graduate applied sciences campus in New York City.

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.

As second-ranking officer at the University Southern Calfornia, Elizabeth Garrett oversees 18 professional schools.

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 of Xavier University is longest-serving university president in the country. He became president in 1968.

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.

University of Texas graduate Admiral William H. McRaven is currently commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command

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.

New Oakland University President George W. Hynd formerly served as provost and executive vice president of academic affairs for the College of Charleston.

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

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

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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New Akron President Scott L. Scarborough will leave his post as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Toledo.

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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