Comings and Goings …
Angel B. Pérez, vice president for enrollment and student success at Trinity College and NEBHE delegate, was named the next CEO of NACAC, effective July 15. He succeeds Joyce E. Smith, who is retiring after more than 30 years as the association’s deputy executive director, executive director and CEO. Pérez authored NEJHE articles on Reexamining Our Approach to College Access and Race and Class on Campus.
Castleton University President Karen Scolforo announced she would step down May 31, reportedly after she was told that if a plan to close three state colleges was approved, she would be replaced by Elaine Collins, current president of Northern Vermont University. The plan was put on hold, and Vermont State Colleges Trustees appointed Sophie Zdatny, the system’s general counsel, as interim chancellor. The system could see still more turnover at the top. Collins announced that she is a finalist for a post as a community college president in Michigan.
The Mitchell College Board of Trustees named Tracy Y. Espy, who is currently provost and vice president of academic affairs at North Carolina’s Pfeiffer University, to be the first African-American woman president of the New London, Conn. college, succeeding Interim Co-Presidents Catherine Wright and Mary-Jane McLaughlin. Wright will stay at Mitchell as vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college. McLaughlin will move to a position at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.