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Appointments, promotions, and newsmakers.
University Business, Jun 2006

At Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., the motto "like father, like son" has taken on new meaning. In an unusual move in higher education. Kevin McAndrew will succeed his father as president. He takes office July 1. The elder Donald Ross has been president for 35 years, bringing a once two-year women's college to university status and guiding it through several name changes. The younger Ross started at Lynn in 1999 as associate dean of the College of International Communication.

Atlanta's Agnes Scott College, a women's liberal arts IHE, has picked Elizabeth Kiss to succeed President Mary Brown Bullock. Kiss takes office this fall after having served as the director of Duke University's Kenan Institute for Ethics in Durham, N.C. Kiss is expected to continue the work begun by Bullock, who led the college for 11 years. Her accomplishments include growing enrollment from 600 women to 1,030, and completing $120 million in building and facilities renovations.

H. James Towey is the new president of Saint Vincent College, a Benedictine institution based in Pennsylvania. Since 2002, he has been Assistant to President George W. Bush and director of the U.S. Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.

Craig Swenson is the new provost for Western Governors University, an IHE that offers extensive online degree programs. He is a former provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at the University of Phoenix.

Alice Gast is leaving the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to become president of Pennsylvania's Lehigh University. Gast has been at MIT since 2001 and was most recently vice president for research and the associate provost.

Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Md., has picked Jonathan Gibralter to be its next president. Gibralter has been president of the State University of New York at Farmingdale since 2001.

Patricia Green has been named provost for Babson College, Mass. She is currently the college's dean of the Undergraduate School.

Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, has picked Richard Durst to be its next president. He has been dean of the College of Arts and Architecture at Pennsylvania State University. Durst succeeds Mark Collier who has held the presidency for 32 years.

Warren Wilson College, Asheville, N.C., has named a successor to President Doug Orr, who has been in office 15 years. The new president will be William Sanborn Pfeiffer, currently provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at New Jersey's Ramapo College.

Dianne Harrison, the vice president for academic quality and external programs at Florida State University, will be the next president of California State University Monterey Bay.

The nonprofit League for Innovation in the Community College has selected Gerardo E. de los Santos to be its next president. He has been interim president, CEO, vice president, and COO for the organization, which is based in Mesa, Ariz.

Gerald Jakubowski is moving from the vice president's office at Arizona State University to become president of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Ind. In addition to serving at ASU, Jakubowski has been provost of the ASU Polytechnic campus and a professor of engineering.

After 16 years of leading and transforming the University of Delaware, David Roselle has decided to step down. He leaves office in May 2007. Roselle is credited with launching the university's first capital fundraising effort, which exceeded its original $225 million goal, bringing in a total of $431 million. UD's endowment today stands at $1 billion, up from $326,000 16 years ago.

Karen Holbrook is saying goodbye to The Ohio State University. Holbrook, 63, who was the first woman to be president of OSU, took office in 2002 and will retire in June 2007. Her tenure has been marked by expanded research programs and diversity on campus, but also by controversies. During her first year an off-campus riot related to sports and student drinking brought unwanted attention, as did coaching scandals followed by NCAA sanctions.

Realty mogul John Arrillaga has given $100 million to Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif. The university is free to use the money at its discretion. Arrillaga, who is ranked 346 on Forbes' list of the 400 richest Americans, is a known benefactor to the university, having given multi-million-dollar donations to the athletic department, and the Hillel House for Jewish students.

Former New York University student Hakan Yalincak, 22, has pleaded guilty to running a check-kiting scheme and fake hedge fund that defrauded investors of $7 million. Yalincak was an NYU senior when he was arrested. His mother, Ayferafet Yalincak, helped him with the hedge fund fraud and now awaits trial. The family drew media attention in 2004 when it made a $21 million pledge to NYU through a family foundation. The university has already received $1.25 million of the money.

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