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Mickey McDonald will become president of the Great Lakes College Association. He currently serves as provost of Kalamazoo College.

In July, Mickey McDonald becomes president of the Great Lakes College Association, a consortium of 13 liberal arts schools in Michigan, Indiana and Pennsylvania.

As chief of staff and vice president of strategy for Metropolitan State University of Denver, Catherine B. Lucas redefined the school’s brand in the higher education marketplace, spearheaded the legislative approval process to offer master’s degrees, and led the name-change transition from “college” to “university.”

We are in the business of teaching and learning. So why not expand our learning and explore our mistakes—and the lessons we absorb from them?

Mirta Martin will be the next president of Fairmont State University. She was previously president of Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

Mirta Martin has been named president of Fairmont State University in West Virginia.

It’s fair to say that university leaders across the country are thinking about how they can promote diversity in their student bodies, faculties and staff.  We believe a fully inclusive work environment helps us deliver on our mission, and research has shown teams that are more diverse and inclusive make better decisions and perform better.

Jesuit education in America has a distinguished history that is deeply rooted in faith and intellectual rigor. Today, according to the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities, the 28 American Jesuit institutions educate their students within the Ignatian heritage of Jesuit education “in a way that seeks God in all things, promotes discernment, and engages the world through a careful analysis of context, in dialogue with experience, evaluated through reflection, for the sake of action, and with openness, always, to evaluation.”  

BEREA, KENTUCKY—President Lyle Roelofs likes to buy running shoes for his students at Berea College—as long as they get some exercise with him twice weekly before class.

Knitting: Lyle Roelofs, the son of a Protestant preacher, knits sweaters with a pattern of cascading hearts he believes is unique. It’s a passion his mother taught him. Though he also makes scarves, mittens and socks for friends, family and their pets, it’s a solitary hobby—he doesn’t post on any of the online bulletin boards that draw large numbers of knitters.

“In the beginning, I was focused on developing systems and processes. Now, I see that role becoming more of a mentor and facilitator of performance improvement.”

Garnett Stokes, the next president of The University of New Mexico, was one of the last remaining leaders employed at University of Missouri since before the 2015 protests.

Garnett Stokes will be the next president of The University of New Mexico.

Here are seven things higher ed search leaders and administrators believe campus administrators must do in the coming year to get the job done.

“No margin, no mission!” is how one respondent to UB’s 2018 Outlook survey of campus leaders described the high stakes involved in raising more tuition revenue, non-tuition revenue and fundraising dollars in 2018.

By aligning goals, HR helps employees see the big picture, proves its value as a business partner, and retains the talent needed for the institution to move forward and accomplish its mission.

Seth Bodnar is the 18th president of the University of Montana.

Seth Bodnar, 38, left General Electric Transportation to become the 18th president of the University of Montana.

George Birnbaum is New York-based attorney specializing in the academic, finance and media sectors.

What can senior academic executives do to protect themselves in an axe-happy environment? Quite a lot, as it turns out.

Melissa Vito is the senior vice president for student affairs, enrollment management and strategic initiatives at the University of Arizona. 

What do successful models of career services look like? Here’s what I’ve learned at The University of Arizona.

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