Tom Leppert, a former mayor of Dallas, is the new president and chief operating officer of Kaplan Test Prep and Kaplan Higher Education.
Rudolph H. Green, director of university compliance services at the University of Texas at Austin, has been appointed to the newly created position of vice president and chief compliance officer at the University of Miami.
Richard French, who was a veterinary pathologist at the University of New Hampshire, has become dean of Becker College's new School of Animal Studies.
Rena Fraden, dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs at Trinity College, in Connecticut, will become dean of the College of the Pacific, the liberal-arts college of the University of the Pacific. She is a literary historian.
After a restructuring of the University of Oregon's Office for Equity and Inclusion, the office's three assistant vice presidents are no longer in their positions. The departures of Tom Ball, Carla D. Gray, and Emilio Hernandez Jr. have led to complaints by members of the local African-American, Hispanic, and Native American communities. Yvette Alex-Assensoh, the university's vice president for equity and inclusion, said in a written statement that the office intends to recruit new staff members with expertise in seven areas of focus.
Gerda Lerner, a scholar and author who was the driving force behind what is believed to be the first graduate program in women's history in the United States, died in Madison, Wis., on January 2. She was 92. The program began at Sarah Lawrence College in 1972. She taught there and at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Marshall Gregory, a professor of English, liberal education, and pedagogy at Butler University, died of pancreatic cancer in Indianapolis on December 30. He was 72. The author of many articles and books, he spoke widely on how to teach effectively.
James M. Buchanan, a professor emeritus of economics at George Mason University who helped lead its Center for Study of Public Choice, died in Blacksburg, Va., on January 9. He was 93. He won the 1986 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science for adding to the understanding of influences on political decision-making.