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People Watch: Howard's Sidney Ribeau steps down

Husson University names Marie E. Hansen dean of the College of Business
University Business, November 2013
Sidney A. Ribeauis leaving Howard University after five years in office.
Sidney A. Ribeauis leaving Howard University after five years in office.

On Oct. 1, Howard University (D.C.) President Sidney A. Ribeau announced his retirement from the historically black college after five years in office. He will leave the presidency at the end of December.

Ribeau signed a contract extension just this summer to serve until June 2015. Speculation is that debate over the health of the university and Ribeau’s management of it may be why he has stepped down suddenly. Alumnus Wayne A.I. Frederick, Howard’s former provost and chief academic officer, has been named interim president.

In September, Husson University (Maine) named Marie E. Hansen dean of the College of Business. Hansen had been serving as the interim dean since January 2013.

Charles D. Eckman has been named dean of libraries at the University of Miami. He will assume his post on Dec. 1. Currently dean of library services at Simon Fraser University (Fla.), he replaces William D. Walker, who had held the position since 2003.

Peggy Ryan Williams, president emerita of Ithaca College (N.Y.), has been elected to serve a second, two-year term on the national board of directors of the American Association of University Women.

Paul M. Oliaro, California State University, Fresno’s vice president for student affairs, will retire on Dec. 31 after a 42-year career in student affairs at four colleges. He spent 11 years at Fresno State.

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