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The Medaille College Board of Trustees tapped Bethany College provost Kenneth M. Macur, a certified public accountant and former management consultant, to become the college’s seventh president. Macur will take the reins of the college June 1. He succeeds Richard T. Jurasek, who announced in October he will retire this summer after eight years.
Yale University made a special $8.5 million payment to former president Richard C. Levin, an unprecedented lump-sum payout highlighting the increasingly lucrative compensation for leaders at the nation’s top universities. The “additional retirement benefit,” distributed after Mr. Levin stepped down at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year, was disclosed in Yale’s latest federal tax return, filed Friday.
Robert Lee Hendren, Jr., 89, died Tuesday, at his home. Hendren served as College of Idaho president from 1987 through 1999.
The University of Richmond named a classical musician and longtime college administrator to serve as its next president. Ronald Andrew Crutcher, 68, retired in June after 10 years as president of Wheaton College in Massachusetts. He will succeed Edward L. Ayers on July 1.
The Bethany Lutheran College Board of Regents has unanimously elected the leader of a West St. Paul private school as the 10th president of the Mankato college, beginning July 1. Gene Pfeifer, of Inver Grove Heights, has served as president of St. Croix Lutheran High School in West St. Paul since 2007. Before his tenure at St. Croix, he was an education professor and director of clinical experiences at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn.
A private Catholic liberal arts college open to only women for 175 years will enroll its first male undergraduates on campus this fall, the school announced Tuesday. St. Mary-of-the-Woods College will begin accepting applications from men immediately as commuter students for the fall and it expects to admit men as residential students in the fall of 2016.
Bluefield College in Bluefield, Va., is weighing in on the national debate on affordable higher education with a newly announced plan to reduce its tuition by nearly 50 percent for qualifying students. Starting with the 2015-2016 academic year, the Pathways tuition plan lowers Bluefield’s annual tuition from $23,295 to $12,000 for prospective students who qualify for the federal Pell grant, live at home and attend a school district within a 45-mile radius of its campus.
Notre Dame's athletic director and Northwestern's president emeritus said Tuesday that if college athletes ultimately are ruled to be employees of their respective schools, they foresee their universities withdrawing from the current setup of big-time sports. Their comments come as the full National Labor Relations Board continues to deliberate about an effort to unionize scholarship football players at Northwestern.
The graduating seniors of Sweet Briar College paraded around the tree-covered courtyard on Saturday, their pink and green tassels swishing as they moved. A band of bagpipers and drummers set the rhythm of the commencement march, and parents and alumnae applauded the students as they passed. But the air of celebration and accomplishment was laced with melancholy, frustration and trepidation because the all-women’s college is set to close in August, probably making the class of 2015 the college’s last to graduate.
Several top administrators at Hamilton, including the vice presidents for admissions and development, and the president, Joan Hinde Stewart, the daughter of a Brooklyn steamfitter, were first-generation college students. They know firsthand that the 14 percent of Hamilton’s students who are first generation (meaning their parents did not complete a bachelor’s degree) must be enterprising to get to college, and just as intrepid to stay and graduate.
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