Stevens Institute Names Vice President For University Relations

Press release from Stevens Institute of Technology:

Nov. 21, 2020

Stevens Institute of Technology President Nariman Farvardin announced the creation of the Division of University Relations, a new organizational structure at the university that will encompass central communications and marketing, campus communications, government relations, community relations and a university hub for corporate relations. The new division will be led by Beth McGrath, an accomplished 33-year veteran of the Stevens community who has served as a key member of the president’s office and president’s cabinet since 2012.

“It would be difficult to imagine anyone better suited by knowledge, temperament and direct experience to serve in the role of vice president for university relations,” said Farvardin. “Beth’s knowledge of local, state and federal government affairs, of strategic communications, and of issues of concern to higher education and to the Stevens community, will enable her to build and lead the newly-created Division of

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Biden’s Education Secretary? The Case for Amy Gutmann, President of the University of Pennsylvania

We need to fund neighborhood schools and pay their teachers more! We need more charter schools and higher academic standards! That’s been the debate inside the Democratic Party since the days of Barack Obama, who stood squarely in the charters-and-standards camp. Joe Biden is reportedly considering the appointment of former National Education Association President Lily Eskelen Garcia or American Federation of Teachers leader Randi Weingarten as his Secretary of Education, which would signal a move away from Obama and the traditional-schools model.

But I’ve got a better idea: how about choosing someone who isn’t identified with one team or the other but instead specializes in forging discussion and compromise between them?

I’m talking about University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, who is rumored to be under consideration for the secretary post as well. Gutmann is America’s leading scholar of democratic dialogue, the skills and habits

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Illinois State University president plans to retire in June

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University President Larry Dietz announced Friday that he plans to retire next summer after more than six years as the school’s leader.

Dietz plans to retire on June 30, 2021, after nearly a decade at the university — the last 6½ as the leader of the Normal campus, The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reported.

A search for his successor will begin immediately, said Julie Jones, chair of the board of trustees.

Dietz was named school president in March 2014 after the short tenure of Timothy Flanagan.

His accomplishments as president include a fund-raising campaign, “Redbirds Rising,” which ended in July after raising a record $180.9 million and exceeding its original $150 million goal.

Dietz has been at ISU since 2011, first joining the staff as vice president for student affairs and a professor in the department of education administration and foundations. He was vice chancellor for

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American Public University System Renames its School of Business in Honor of President Emeritus Dr. Wallace E. Boston

Dr. Boston led APUS as President and CEO during a period of accelerated growth – in both student enrollment and revenue. APUS has 86,300 active students (as of Sept. 30, 2020), roughly ten times the size of the student body at the start of his 15-year tenure. Dr. Boston, now president emeritus at APUS, previously served as APUS president up until his retirement in August 2020 and had also served as CEO of APEI through September 2019.  

“Dr. Boston has an unwavering commitment to student success and has not only built our university into a premier online higher education provider, he has helped define the future of online education,” said APUS Board of Trustees Chairman Alfred M. Gray, the 29th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. “Our School of Business is building on this strong foundation, and it provides a relevant, accessible and inclusive learning environment for

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John Kelly, president of Florida Atlantic University, has a passion for students

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a building: Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly, photographed on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, is the winner of the South Florida Sun Sentinel Excalibur Award as Large Business Leader of the Year in Palm Beach County.

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Florida Atlantic University President John Kelly, photographed on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, is the winner of the South Florida Sun Sentinel Excalibur Award as Large Business Leader of the Year in Palm Beach County.

John Kelly owes his success to plants. In fact, you might even say he’s had a plant-based career.

Kelly has had a long academic career that began in 1982, when he served as an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. Three years later, he went to Clemson, moving up the ranks to become a professor and department head by 1991. During his 28-year tenure at Clemson, the university moved from 78th to 20th in U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of public universities.

Although you might expect Kelly’s background to be in education, it’s actually in horticulture. He holds a bachelor’s in plant science

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Boise State president announces summit for at-risk students

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Likening the COVID-19 education crisis to the Apollo 13 space mission, Boise State University President Marlene Tromp on Thursday announced a national digital summit to address the needs of at-risk students.

The Dec. 1 event will bring together higher education administrators — from Howard University and the University of California-Berkeley, and points in between — to discuss how to better serve students during the pandemic.

Tromp said colleges and universities need to act now on behalf of their students, who are struggling with academic and mental health challenges stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The working model for the summit, she said, is the April 1970 Apollo 13 flight. NASA scrubbed the mission’s planned lunar landing, but its three astronauts survived, after NASA scientists helped guide the hobbled spacecraft back to Earth.

“They jumped in to figure out how they

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Incoming UW president envisions ‘post-pandemic university’

WATERLOO — The incoming president of the University of Waterloo seems tailor-made for the times we live in.

A physician and expert in public health research, who is scientific adviser for the CanCOVID Research Network and a member of the federal government’s COVID-19 immunity task force, Dr. Vivek Goel is thinking about how the University of Waterloo can respond to the pandemic and the issues it raises.

“In Waterloo, I can see what a post-pandemic university looks like,” he said.

For the university as a teaching institution, it means classes might look different permanently — even after restrictions on the academic environment are eased in a year or so.

For example, in a traditional in-person lecture of 200 to 300 students it is often difficult to keep everyone engaged.

But “when you’re online, you can have chats going, questions and answers” while the information is being delivered. A student who

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She’s still a Hialeah girl — and, now, she’s Miami Dade College president, too

The controversial presidential college search took 19 contentious months.

There was so much at stake.

The county’s movers and shakers watched — at times, in horror — and faculty and students vehemently protested what became worrisome months of political, partisan wrangling over the leadership of Miami Dade College.

But on Tuesday, the Board of Trustees unanimously chose educator Madeline Pumariega, a former MDC campus president, to replace the legendary Eduardo Padrón, who retired in August 2019 after serving as president since 1995.

The Cuban-American Pumariega, 53, becomes the college’s fifth — and first female — president, another glass ceiling shattered in an institution billed as the most diverse in the nation. Another first for a woman who also was the first Hispanic and first woman to serve as chancellor of the Florida College System.

Born and raised in Hialeah and a former president of MDC’s Wolfson campus, she’s currently

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One of these four candidates may be named president of Miami Dade College on Tuesday

Four finalists toured campuses, sipped café and pitched the community this week in hopes of being named the next president of Miami Dade College next week.

Spread out over four days, the candidates — Morgan Phillips of Pima Community College, Lenore Rodicio of Miami Dade College, Gregory Fowler of Southern New Hampshire University and Madeline Pumariega of Tallahassee Community College — each had day-long itineraries to acquaint themselves. Their days centered on giving 90-minute presentations and taking questions from the audience of faculty and Board of Trustee members.

The Board will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesday to interview the final candidates, deliberate and select a winner. That’s 19 months after the original search first launched and 16 months after the retirement of Eduardo Padrón, Miami Dade College’s president for nearly a quarter century.

Former provost for operations Rolando Montoya came out of retirement to serve as interim president.


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Former tennis club president sentenced in college bribery scandal

The former president of a private tennis club in Texas was sentenced Friday to three months in prison followed by three months in home confinement for his role in the sweeping college admissions bribery scheme.

Martin Fox apologized for his actions during an appearance before a Boston judge via video conference because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m ashamed for what I’ve done. My parents raised me better than this,” Fox said.

The Houston man pleaded guilty last year to a racketeering conspiracy charge in a deal with prosecutors.

Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of six months behind bars. Fox’s lawyers urged the judge for leniency, saying he has a medical condition and and will be at risk behind bars because of the virus.

Fox acted as a middleman between the accused admissions consultant at the center of the scheme, Rick Singer, and coaches and a test administrator to facilitate

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