Robert Duncan, a Texas state senator since 1997 and a Republican, has been named the sole finalist as chancellor of the Texas Tech University system. He would succeed Kent Hance, who will become chancellor emeritus.
Rodolphe el-Khoury, director of urban design at the University of Toronto, who talks about designing for "the Internet of things," will become dean of the University of Miami’s School of Architecture on July 1.
Vicki Leigh Colvin, vice provost for research and a professor of chemistry and of engineering at Rice University, will become provost of Brown University on July 1. She will succeed Mark S. Schlissel, who will become president of the University of Michigan.
James G. Neal, university librarian and vice president for information services at Columbia University, will retire in December. An expert in scholarly communication and copyright law, he has had the job for 13 years.
George Armelagos, a professor of anthropology at Emory University, died of pancreatic cancer on May 15. He was 77. Mr. Armelagos was a pioneer in the field of paleopathology, the analysis of ancient skeletal remains to reconstruct how cultural changes affected patterns of disease and nutrition.
Maya Angelou, the poet, writer, and performer, died in North Carolina on May 28. She was 86. She was a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University for more than three decades, beginning in 1982. Her publications include many books of poetry and a memoir whose first volume is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
Roland Dille, who was president of Minnesota State University at Moorhead from 1968 to 1994, died on May 26. He was 89. He is credited with calming opponents after he and others recruited black students and faculty members and with keeping student antiwar protests peaceful by telling the state police to stay off the campus.