Kim A. Wilcox, a former provost of Michigan State University, will become the next chancellor of the University of California at Riverside on August 19. He will fill a post previously held by Timothy P. White, who became chancellor of the California State University system last year.
Frank T. Brogan, chancellor of the State University System of Florida and a former lieutenant governor of Florida, has been chosen by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Board of Governors to be the system's next chancellor. In October he will succeed John C. Cavanaugh, who left the post in February to lead the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.
France A. Córdova, a former president of Purdue University, has been nominated by President Obama to be the new director of the National Science Foundation. Ms. Córdova, an astrophysicist, is now chair of the governing board of the Smithsonian Institution. Subra Suresh left the directorship in March to become president of Carnegie Mellon University. The NSF finances about 20 percent of all federally supported basic research at American universities.
Beth Raffeld, executive director of philanthropic partnerships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will become vice president for development at Smith College in September.
Wilfred M. McClay, a history professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga who has argued that religion should inform policy making, will be a professor of the history of liberty at the University of Oklahoma and director of its Center for the History of Liberty. The post was previously held by the late J. Rufus Fears.
Garikai Campbell, who was associate vice president for strategic planning and special assistant to the president at Swarthmore College, is the new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Morehouse College.
Glenn W. Poshard, a former Illinois state senator and U.S. congressman, plans to retire as president of Southern Illinois University next June, after more than eight years in office.
Luis M. Proenza, who has been president of the University of Akron since 1999 and has overseen a period of campus construction and enrollment growth, plans to step down from his post next June. He will become president emeritus and a university professor in the university's Office of Academic Affairs, and will continue as a tenured professor of biology. In 2016 he will become the first holder of a Board of Trustees' chair in higher education and the economy.
P. George Benson, president of the College of Charleston, will step down from that post next June, several months before his contract expires. After a year's sabbatical, he expects to return as a faculty member in the college's School of Business.