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Simon Newman created controversty and headlines when the campus newspaper reported that he had compared struggling students to bunnies that needed to be drowned.

Simon Newman stepped down as president of Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland on February 29, after less than a year of service. His resignation came in the wake of a series of well-publicized events that called into question his student retention policies.

The Catholic institution’s board credited Newman with “strengthening the university’s finances, developing a comprehensive strategic plan for our future and bringing many new ideas to campus.”

Incoming National University President David W. Andrews was formerly the dean at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education.

David W. Andrews begins his term as president of National University in California April 1.

Formerly the dean and a professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, he led that institution to No. 1 U.S. News rankings two years in a row. He promoted “smart growth” strategies in enrollment and program development and raised an average of $10 million per year.

Kim E. Schatzel will leave the interim presidency at Eastern Michigan to take the top post at Townon University.

Kim E. Schatzel will begin her term as president of Towson University, one of the University System of Maryland’s 12 institutions, in late January.

Currently she serves as interim president, provost and executive vice president of academic and student affairs at Eastern Michigan University. There, she reorganized academic and student affairs to improve the student experience and developed a comprehensive degree completion and retention program.

Margaret Spellings served as secretary of education from 2005 to 2009, during which she led the implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act and spearheaded an access and affordability plan for higher education

Former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has been elected president of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system. Spellings is currently president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Mary Sue Coleman is a national spokesperson on the educational value of affirmative action and diverse perspectives in the classroom.

Mary Sue Coleman, a former president of the University of Michigan and the University of Iowa, has been named the next president of the Association of American Universities, an organization for research institutions.

She will succeed the retiring Hunter R. Rawlings III, who has held the post since June 2011.

Brian Casey is leaving the presidency at DePauw University to take over at Colgate.

Brian W. Casey, president of DePauw University in Indiana, will become the 17th president of Colgate University in New York.

Casey has led “DePauw 2020,” a multiyear strategic plan. And under his leadership, DePauw has invested in academic programs, campus projects, student advising and postgraduate planning, plus established and secured more than $56 million for The DePauw Trust.

Prior to joining DePauw in 2008, Casey served as associate dean for academic affairs in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. He is also a former assistant provost at Brown.

Effective Sept. 1, James R. Johnsen becomes the 14th president of the University of Alaska System.

Formerly UA’s vice president of administration and chief of staff, Johnsen was most previously the senior vice president of human resources and process transformation at Alaska Communications, a telecommunications corporation based in Anchorage.

Johnsen has committed to travel to all 16 UA campuses during his first year and has said his goals are to expand access and affordability, drive cost effectiveness and promote academic excellence.

New University of Oregon President Michael H. Schill is the former dean and professor at The University of Chicago Law School.

Michael H. Schill took the helm at the University of Oregon on July 1 as its 18th president. He is the former dean and professor at The University of Chicago Law School.

Prior to joining UChicago in 2010, Schill served as dean of UCLA’s School of Law. An expert in property, real estate and housing law and policy, Schill is the author or co-author of three books and more than 40 scholarly articles.

New University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves had been provost and executive vice president since 2013.

In June Gregory L. Fenves assumed the role of president of The University of Texas at Austin. He had been provost and executive vice president since 2013.

Fenves oversaw the creation of the Dell Medical School and launched a “Campus Conversation” intended to redefine the residential college experience in the 21st Century by identifying the essential learning elements of a high-quality degree and increasing the role of student discovery and research in undergraduate education.

Julio Frenk

The University of Miami has named Julio Frenk its next president. Currently dean of faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, he was formerly Mexico’s minister of health. During his six years at Harvard, Frenk quadrupled fundraising and steered a $350 million naming gift to his school—the largest single gift in Harvard’s 378-year history. He also launched an educational reform effort, participated in the early adoption of MOOCs and increased the admissions yield.

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