Benjamin Polak, chair of the economics department at Yale University and a professor of economics and management there, is the university's new provost. He succeeds Peter Salovey, who is stepping up to the presidency in July.
Susan Elkins, vice president for extended programs and regional development at Tennessee Technological University, becomes the first chancellor of the University of South Carolina's Palmetto College next month. The online college will open this fall.
Alison R. Byerly, an interdisciplinary professor at Middlebury College and a visiting scholar in literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will become president of Lafayette College in July. Ms. Byerly, who was provost and executive vice president of Middlebury, has lectured and written on the role of technology in higher education.
Mark D. West, associate dean of academic affairs and a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, will become the school's dean in September. His research focuses on the Japanese legal system.
Tamar Frankiel, who was provost and a professor of comparative religion at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, has been named the institution's president. She is the first Orthodox woman in the nation to lead a rabbinical school.
Shirley Franklin, a former mayor of Atlanta, will be a visiting professor of ethics and political values at the University of Texas at Austin's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
The jazz musicians Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter have been appointed professors at the University of California at Los Angeles's Herb Alpert School of Music. They will teach students in the school's Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance each month throughout the academic year and will also lead master classes open to all university students.
JoAnne Boyle, who is in her 25th year as president of Seton Hill University, says she plans to retire on June 30 or when a successor is named. During her tenure, the institution changed from a small women's undergraduate college to a coeducational university with more than 2,500 students.