As Leaves Change, So Do College Officials


College of the Atlantic President David F. Hales announced he will retire at the end of the academic year. During his tenure, the college became a carbon-neutral institution, expanded its faculty and diversified its academic programs. A search for a new president is underway for the 2011-12 academic year.

Suffolk University President David Sargent, whose high pay captured regional and national headlines, announced his immediate retirement after a special board meeting held Oct. 20.

Former Massachusetts state representative, champion of the state’s Education Reform Act, and lead sponsor for its Gay Rights Bill, Mark Roosevelt will become president of Antioch College of Ohio.

Roger Williams University has not yet found a permanent president after the sudden resignation of its eighth president Roy Nirschel. An interim president has been named but the university is still looking for applicants.

Harvard University announced its newest vice president for capital planning and project management, Mark R. Johnson. Harvard says Johnson, with more than 20 years of experience in construction and architectural design, will be able to “balance the nature of academia with the practicalities of planning and budgets.”

Boston University Provost David Campbell will be replaced by the University of Southern California’s Jean Morrison at the end of the semester. Morrison, who is currently USC’s executive vice provost for academic affairs and graduate programs, will succeed Campbell as BU’s chief academic officer, overseeing educational and budget policies for the university’s 14 schools and colleges.

The Connecticut State University System has experienced a slew of managerial rearrangements since  the departure of Southern Connecticut State University President Cheryl J. Norton, the state attorney general’s recent assertion of the board’s misguided delegation of responsibility in this matter, and last month’s surprise announcement by the chancellor of system Chancellor David Carter that he will retire next September.

The Chronicle of Higher Education noted that questions have been raised about whether the state system needs a major overhaul. (As former Quinebaug Valley Community College President Robert Miller wrote in NEJHE in Summer 1991 when the journal was called Connection: “The slogan that Connecticut seems to have embraced over the years as it contemplates the future of its higher education system is: ‘If in doubt, reorganize.'”

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