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Smith College Taps New President

University Business, January 2013
Kathleen McCartney

Kathleen McCartney, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and a member of the founding board of edX, has been selected as the 11th president of Smith College (Mass.), effective July 1. During her time at Harvard, the HGSE raised $162 million, including two $10 million gifts supporting programs to develop partnerships between the schools of business and government and the education school. McCartney succeeds Carol T. Christ, who has served as Smith’s president since 2002.

Philip J. Hanlon, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan and a Dartmouth alumnus, will lead his alma mater beginning July 1. As the 18th president there, he will succeed Jim Yong Kim, who was selected to serve as president of the World Bank in April 2012. Provost Carol L. Folt, who stepped in as interim president, will resume her role upon Hanlon’s start date.

Deborah F. Spake, former associate dean and professor of marketing at the Mitchell College of Business at the University of South Alabama, is now dean of the College of Business Administration at Kent State University (Ohio). She replaced Kathryn S. Wilson, who served as interim dean beginning Oct. 1, 2011.

John S. Wilson Jr., executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, will lead Morehouse College (Ga.), beginning at the end of January. He is the college’s 11th president and succeeds Robert M. Franklin.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities has named David Paris its new vice president for integrative liberal learning and the Global Commons, effective January 1. He was formerly executive director of the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability.

Rick D. Niece, president of University of the Ozarks (Ark.) since 1997, will retire June 30.

Susan Brooks, former senior vice president of workforce development and economic development and general counsel for Ivy Tech Community College (Ind.), will be the first member of Congress with a background in community colleges. She will represent Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. Christopher A. Ruhl will take over as Ivy Tech’s general counsel.

Hiram E. Chodosh will lead Claremont McKenna College (Calif.) beginning July 1. He succeeds Pamela B. Gann, who has served as president since 1999.