• April 17, 2014

Transitions People in Academe


Martha D. Saunders, president of the University of Southern Mississippi, has announced she will resign effective June 30 for personal reasons. She is credited with increasing enrollment and private giving, leading the university through tough economic times, and appointing an oil-spill response team, among other things. An internal audit has uncovered a shortfall of more than $1-million in the athletics department, but she said at a news conference, "Not everything is about athletics." Ms. Saunders, who has led Southern Mississippi for five years, plans to join the faculty of the university's Gulf Coast campus this fall.

Wyatt R. (Rory) Hume, who had hoped to turn United Arab Emirates University into one of the world's top 100 research institutions, has resigned as the university's provost. Mr. Hume found that funds from the national government fell short of expectations, and he also alienated many Emirati faculty members by filling top positions with expatriates. A former provost of the University of California, he took the post in the United Arab Emirates in 2008.


Michael F. Adams, president of the University of Georgia since 1997, will retire in June 2013.

Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering, has been selected as chancellor of the University of California at San Diego, effective August 1, pending approval by the Board of Regents. He will succeed Marye Anne Fox, who announced her resignation last year.

Daniel Szpiro, associate dean of executive education at Cornell University's Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, will become dean of the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University. He starts on June 11.


LeRoy T. Walker, who was chancellor of North Carolina Central University from 1983 to 1986, died on April 23 at age 93. He started at North Carolina Central in 1945 as a football and basketball coach, then started a track team and trained many star players. He was the first African-American to coach an American men's team at the Olympic Games and to lead the U.S. Olympic Committee. Mr. Walker was also the university's vice chancellor from 1974 to 1983.

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