At University Modeling Innovative Dual Leadership, Key Piece to Step Down

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …

Steve Kaplan

Steve Kaplan, who has led the University of New Haven for nearly 20 years as president, then chancellor and CEO, told the university community that he will retire in June 2023, a year earlier than expected. In February, the university promoted an “innovative presidential transition plan” in which Kaplan moved from president to chancellor, while Sheahon Zenger, the university’s director of athletics and recreation, was named interim president. Under the transition plan, Kaplan was slated to serve as chancellor and CEO until June 2024. The Hartford Courant attributed Kaplan’s early retirement to “university politics.” 

Bryant University named Donna Ng, who recently was vice president for finance and administration and treasurer at New York’s Skidmore College, to be the Smithfield, R.I. university’s vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer, starting Oct. 3. At Skidmore, Ng led several strategic initiatives, including overseeing construction of the Billie Tisch Center for Integrated Sciences, the development of the 2022 campus master plan and the implementation of an enterprise-wide financial and human resource system. Prior to Skidmore, Ng held key finance posts at Simmons University, Scripps College in California and Wellesley College.

President Joe Biden named Dr. Monica Bertagnolli, a surgical oncologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, as the first woman to direct the National Cancer Institute.

Passings …

Susan Whealler Johnston passed away on Aug. 12 after a courageous fight with cancer. She served as president and CEO of the National Association of College and University Business Officers since August 2018 and as its first female leader.



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