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The Smithsonian Institution announced Monday that David J. Skorton, president of Cornell University, will become the 13th secretary of the Smithsonian, overseeing the complex’s $1.3 billion annual budget, 19 museums, international research centers and zoological park. Skorton, 64, has served as president of Cornell for nearly eight years and is also a professor of medicine and pediatrics at the Weill Cornell Medical College. A board-certified cardiologist, he will become the first physician to lead the Smithsonian Institution, assuming the position in July 2015.
Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University (IN) has announced his plans to conclude his presidency by the end of the 2014-15 academic year. His last year of service will mark 25 years of distinguished leadership as president of Anderson University. Currently, he is the longest serving president (in both public and private universities) in the State of Indiana. Edwards has served as president of Anderson University since 1990 and is only the fourth person to hold the office in the school’s 97-year history.
The Johns Hopkins University, long considered a standard-bearer of academic freedom, has decided it is time to formally spell out its standards on a professor’s right to speak. In the wake of controversies over the past year that involved faculty speech, the university announced last month that it would convene a panel of students and faculty members to write the university’s first-ever formal statement of principles on academic freedom.
Felician College does not intend to renew the contracts of 16 faculty members, citing dropping enrollment as the reason behind the downsizing. A private Catholic college with campuses in Rutherford and Lodi, Felician College was founded by the Felician Sisters in 1923. The college is down to about 2,000 students, a decrease since its peak of 2,400 in 2010.
After leading Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for 16 years, James Gozzo will leave the private college this June. But not for long. After a one-year sabbatical, he'll return to the college to teach immunology. “To me, faculty life is probably the best life one could have,” he said.
The Mount Carmel College of Nursing Board of Trustees, together with the Mount Carmel Health System, announced today the appointment of Christine Wynd, PhD, RN, as the College’s new President and Dean. Dr. Wynd will become the College’s second President and Dean effective July 2014.
The leaders at Hilbert College and St. Bonaventure University are well aware of the national headwinds regarding small private colleges. Experts say financial viability depends on a “critical mass,” ideally of at least 3,000 students, the estimated point at which a student body can support the full administration and infrastructure needs of a four-year college with undergraduate and master’s programs.
The Competency-Based Education Network, an effort financed by the Lumina Foundation that is seeking to provide leadership on the development of competency-based degree programs, on Wednesday announced an initial group of participating institutions that includes 18 colleges and two higher-education systems.
Northwestern University broke a cardinal rule of campus litigation last week: it issued a press release responding to specific allegations in a student's lawsuit, which accuses the institution of violating Title IX and failing to discipline a tenured professor who sexually assaulted her.
The president of a private college in New York’s Finger Lakes region and former Clinton administration official has been confirmed as chairman of the 1-year-old New York State Gaming Commission. Mark D. Gearan’s appointment to the post by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was confirmed Tuesday by the state Senate, the governor announced. The commission regulates all aspects of gaming and gambling activity in the state, including the development of upstate casinos.
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