IN THE NEWS: In what is viewed as a victory for public employees, an appeals court ruled this spring that the personal job-performance goals of the former president of Palomar College (Calif.) can be shielded from public scrutiny. A professor had requested that the personal performance goals stated by former President Sherrill Amador be open to the public. Rocco Versaci, an English professor and president of the community college district's faculty union, argued that this part of Amador's personnel file should be open to the public, given that the community college is a public system. The justices ruled that disclosing this part of the personnel file would be a violation of privacy rights. The 2.5-year tenure of the community college president was a reportedly a rancorous one. She received no-confidence votes from faculty and staff and was jeered at during some board meetings... Molly Corbett Broad, president of the University of North Carolina for nine years, has announced that she will retire at the conclusion of the 2005-06 academic year. Her time at UNC is marked by enrollment growth, which has swelled from 160,000 to 190,000 at the 16-campus system, and by successful bond measures that brought $2.5 billion into the system. Broad, 64, has several degrees in economics and had also held a top administrative spot at in the California State University system prior to coming to UNC... Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft has taken a part-time professor's position at Regent University (Va.), an IHE run by the televangelist Pat Robertson. Ashcroft began teaching once per week in April. His course focuses on leadership in times of crisis, and includes perspective on national security and law... A campus for Ave Maria University (Fla.) is bit closer to becoming a reality now that the developers have received the final permits to build on 5,000 acres of old farm fields in Naples, Fla. One of the new religious university's financiers is Tom Monaghan, founder of the Domino's Pizza chain. He is personally pledged $240 million to help build the campus and another $300 million to establish an endowment.
APPOINTED AND PROMOTED: One full year after Gregory Prince announced he would step down as president of Hampshire College (Mass.), the trustees found a new leader--Ralph Hexter. Hexter is currently executive dean of letters and science at the University of California Berkeley and has been a professor of classics and comparative literature and a graduate students director at the University of Colorado Boulder. Hexter has said he will continue to emphasize the classics in Hampshire's curriculum... Vice Adm. John Ryan will be the acting chancellor of the State University of New York system, replacing Robert King, chancellor for the past 5.5 years, who steps down on June 1. Ryan is currently president of SUNY's Maritime Academy. His appointment follows somewhat of a tumultuous time for SUNY. King, a friend of Gov. George Pataki, had announced some months ago that he would take a sabbatical from the chancellor's role, but not officially step down. SUNY officials were reportedly disappointed in his decision. Further, critics were upset with King's agreement, which called for him to receive $170,000 in compensation during his sabbatical. King now becomes acting president and a professor at SUNY Postsdam... Metropolitan State College (Colo.) ended a two-year president's search in March when the board of trustees offered the job to Stephen Jordan. Jordan, currently the president of Eastern Washington University, takes office on July 1... Eddie Hadlock has been named president of North Central Texas College. He has been an acting president since July 2004... Stanley Liberty, currently provost and vice president for academic affairs at Bradley University (Ill.), will become president of Kettering University (Mich.) in July... Judith Ramaley, former president of the University of Vermont, will be the next president of Winona State University (Minn.). Several years ago she was a finalist for the presidency at the University of Minnesota, but Mark Yudof got the job... Antioch College (Ohio) has selected Steven Lawry to be its next president. He has been director of the office of management services at the Ford Foundation (N.Y.)... St. Martin's College (Fla.) has selected Douglas Astolfi to be its next president. He has been vice president for academic affairs at another of Florida's catholic university--St. Leo's... John Beaghan is leaving his position as vice president of business and finance at Eastern Michigan University to become vice president for finance and administration at Oakland University (Mich.)... Drexel University (Pa.) has named Stephen Director as its new provost. He has been dean of engineering and professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan since 1996... Roy Koch, a faculty member at Portland State University (Ore.) since 1982 and director of the university's Environmental and Sciences Resources program, has been named provost and chief academic officer... Judith Hansen, president of Independence Community College (Kan.), has been named president of Southwestern Oregon Community College.