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University Business, Apr 2005

IN THE NEWS: University of Colorado President Elizabeth Hoffman is stepping down July 1, because she wants to end the "speculation" about her future and the future of CU. A new person will undoubtedly take the focus off Hoffman, but the image of CU as a scandal-plagued institution will undoubtedly continue for a time. The mix of sports scandals, alleged rapes, a student's drinking-related death, and the Ward Churchill 9/11-little Eichmann-free speech conundrum, formed a perfect storm over Hoffman. It will take time for the clouds to part. Some see Hoffman as contributing to CU's problems, first by playing down the sports and rape allegations that surfaced last year, then, recently, by defending Professor Churchill 's right to free speech, even if his essay about 9/11 victims being "little Eichmanns" was offensive to some. While she maintained for months that she would stay at the helm of CU, in late winter she began to realize that support from Colorado's regents was waning and that her ability to lobby for state funds was compromised. While Hoffman may be one of the more pressed higher ed administrations of her time, she will also be remembered for being an effective fundraiser. On her five-year watch, CU's endowment grew by $100 million. The growth helped fund new technology and research initiatives at CU. Hoffman has reportedly said she sees a future for herself in higher education--perhaps as head of another college or university, or as an education advocate... The Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University (Mass.) rebuked President Lawrence Summers with its vote of "no confidence" taken at its monthly meeting in March. Although faculty members have criticized Summers in recent weeks first for his remarks about women and their supposed difficulties in the fields of science and math, then for his reportedly unbending management style, the vote of no confidence shocked critics. The faculty's unhappiness with Summers is more problematic than originally assumed, media reports concluded. The vote has no bearing on Summer's job. He reports to Harvard's governing corporation. Still, after the vote was taken he promised to continue mending his relationships with Harvard's scholars... The University of Alabama system will pay former President W. Ann Reynolds $475,000 to settle her discrimination lawsuit. Reynolds left her job in 2002, although she remained employed by the university as the director of the Center for Community Outreach and Development. She claims she was squeezed out of her position because of her age and gender. UAB admits to no wrongdoing in the settlement.

APPOINTED AND PROMOTED: The College of William and Mary (Va.), America's second oldest IHE after Harvard, will have a new president. Gene Nichol, the law school dean at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, takes office July 1... Beverley Pitts will be the first woman and the first non-Methodist to head the University of Indianapolis. The Ball State University (Ind.) administrator takes over for Jerry Israel, who is retiring as president after leading the university for five years... Dillard University (La.), as well, has selected its first woman leader. Marvalene Hughes, president of California State University Stanislaus. She takes office July 1... In what appears to be a trend at religious-affiliated IHEs, Wittenberg University (Ohio) has selected its first non-Lutheran. Mark Erickson, vice president for administrative and government affairs at Lehigh University (Pa.), will be the university's 13th president... Melvin Johnson will leave his position as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Winston-Salem State University (N.C.) to become president of Tennessee State University... Oglethorpe University (Ga.) has selected

Lawrence Schall to be its next president. He currently is vice president for administration at Swarthmore College (Pa.)... Jonathan Brand will be the next president of Doane College (Neb.). He has been vice president of institutional and budget planning at Grinnell College (Iowa)... Jeffrey Docking, the vice president and special assistant to the president at Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.), has been chosen as the next president of Adrian College (Mich.)... Robert Myers will become president of Daniel Webster College (N.H). on July 1. Most recently he has served as chancellor of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.)... Wayne Scroggins will be the new vice president for administration and finance at Belmont Abbey College (N.C.). He has been a partner at the firm Tatum CFO Partners.

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