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University Business, Sep 2006

Hank Brown has landed the top job at the University of Colorado. The former U.S. senator stood out among a field of 40 applicants for the president's post. Brown as been serving CU since former President Elizabeth Hoffman resigned last summer amid sports and management scandals. Just days after announcing that Brown was coming on board, the regents named M. Roy Wilson, M.D., as the new chancellor for CU Denver's and Health Sciences Center. He has been president of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

After nearly a 20-year tenure, Joel Trachtenberg will step down from the presidency at George Washington University (D.C.). "It's time," he told the press. "I just hope I have the good sense to keep my mouth shut when they bring in a new president." He is the longest-serving president of an IHE in the D.C. area, according to reports. He is credited with helping grow the endowment from $200 million to $1 billion and for drawing more applicants to the university. Applications have grown from 6,000 to about 20,000 annually under his leadership.

David McClain has been officially named president of the University of Hawaii after serving as interim president for nearly two years. McClain was asked to step in when former President Evan Dobelle resigned under criticism. McClain will reportedly be paid $360,000 annually to lead the 50,000-student system. He has stated that his goals will be to increase the $200 million raised by UH's Centennial Campaign and to celebrate the university's 100th anniversary in 2007.

The National Association of College and University Business Officers has asked John Walda to succeed outgoing President Jay Morley who steps down this June. Walda most currently served as senior vice president of Federal Relations at BoseTreacy Associates, Indianapolis.

Doug Hastad, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, is leaving the UW system to take the presidency of Carroll College. The private religious school, located in Waukesha, enrolls about 2,000 students.

Kay Schallenkamp, president of Emporia State University (Kan.) will be the next president of South Dakota's Black Hills State University.

Thomas Galligan will be the next president of Colby-Sawyer College (N.H.), a liberal arts IHE. He has been dean and professor of law at the University of Tennessee College of Law. He takes office August 1.

Rosalie Ambrosino will be the next provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has been at UTSA since 1999. Most recently she served as vice president for Student Affairs and Undergraduate Studies.

President Charles Lee exited Mississippi State University on a high note. At his retirement reception he announced that a Houston couple would be donating $10 million to help MSU create an honors college. Fulfilling this initiative has been one of Lee's objectives since becoming president in 2003. Alumnus Bobby Shackouls and his wife Judy helped him realize this dream.

Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran is the new president of Kalamazoo College (Mich.). She most recently was acting president of Salem College (N.C.) after holding several professor and VP spots.

Lee Gorsuch will be the next president of City University, a private IHE based in Washington state that enrolls 10,000 students at various campuses. He has been chancellor emeritus of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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