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Eastern Kentucky University Taps 12th President

Higher ed leadership news
University Business, May 2013
Michael T. Benson
Michael T. Benson
  • 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. Benson was president of Snow College (Utah) from 2001 to 2006, where he helped raise more money in five years than had been raised in the college’s 117-year history. He will succeed Doug Whitlock, who is retiring in July.
  • Champlain College (Vt.) President David F. Finney has announced plans to retire June 30, 2014.
  • David Stern, formerly vice president of academic and student affairs at Hamline University (Minn.), is now provost at University of Tampa (Fla.). He succeeded Janet McNew, who retired in April.
  • Kelli Brown has been named provost and VP of academic affairs at Georgia College. She is currently an interim dean and professor in the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida.
  • Kelly Brownell, the James Rowland Angell Professor of Psychology at Yale, has been named dean of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, to begin July 1.  He is an expert on public policies to enhance nutrition and combat obesity.
  • Jeanine S. Stewart has been named the new provost and dean of faculty at McDaniel College (Md.), to begin July 1.
  • Since April 10, Katepalli R. Sreenivasan, an experimental physicist, has been president of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He had been acting president since November, after spending 13 months as the school’s provost.