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University Business, Jul 2005

IN THE NEWS: Two popular and outspoken Jesuit priests were reportedly forced to resign their posts at St. Louis University (Mo.). Rev. Michael Doody, 58, and Rev. Barney Barry, 43, were leaders in the campus ministry program and were known to be student advocates. Press reports say students and faculty were upset to learn that the priests were leaving the university. Doody, who worked at the university for 16 years, made it a point to chat with students on campus and offer counsel. Barry worked at the university for seven years and also taught a finance class. Barry told the press that the administration said he was not "an institutional fit," and that Doody created a ministry that was "not supportive of the administration." St. Louis officials gave no official reasons to the press, but simply said the issue was a personnel matter... Bradley Neil Slosberg, a professor at Polk Community College (Fla.), has been arrested for allegedly using his students' Social Security numbers to apply for credit cards. Slosberg's girlfriend has also been arrested and charged with criminal activity after using the Social Security numbers he obtained by asking students in his anatomy and physiology class to list their names and numbers on a sign-in sheet.

APPOINTED AND PROMOTED: It took two years, but trustees at Boston University (Mass.) have picked a president. Robert Brown, 53, provost of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will become BU's next leader. Brown has spent his entire career at M.I.T. as an academic administrator and educator. He is not the first man with a science background selected to head BU. The last presidential search ended when trustees selected Daniel Goldin, former NASA chief, who left the post almost immediately after taking the job. His contract was bought out for $1.8 million. It is hoped that Brown will further BU's ambitions to become more of a nationally recognized science and research institution... At nearby University of Massachusetts, President Jack Wilson came under criticism for appointing Michael Collins as chancellor of Umass Boston. Some faculty members, students and state legislators believed the job should have gone to J. Keith Motley, the interim chancellor for the past year, and the man who would have been the university's first permanent black chancellor. Wilson has been accused of overlooking Motley, but the president has defended his choice, noting that Collins has much experience running nonprofit, community-based institutions. Most recently Collins has been a clinical professor of internal medicine at Tufts University (Mass.)... Helen Giles-Gee, professor of education at Rowan University (N.J.), will become president of Keene State College (N.H.)... Steve Forbes, CEO and editor-in-chief of Forbes, will be a visiting professor of leadership at Regent University (Va.). He will lecture via video telephone conferences...Rev. Brian Linnane, assistant dean at the College of Holy Cross (Mass.), will become president of Loyola College (Md.)... John Sellers has become president of Drury University (Mo.). He is formerly senior vice president for institutional advancement, Syracuse University (N.Y.) ... Richard Pappas becomes president of National-Louis University (Ill.) on Aug.1. He comes to the private university that serves nontraditional students after holding the presidency at Lake Michigan College.

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