People Watch: Kathleen McCartney becomes president of Smith College

People Watch: Kathleen McCartney becomes president of Smith College

Also: Thomas Rosenbaum named president of The California Institute of Technology; Christopher Blake takes helm at Middle Georgia State

Kathleen McCartney was inaugurated as the 11th president of Smith College (Mass.) on Oct. 19. She follows President Carol Christ, who resigned in June. McCartney had previously served as dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She created a strategic plan there that led to the creation of two new degree programs—a doctorate in education leadership and a faculty Ph.D. in education.

The California Institute of Technology has announced that Thomas Rosenbaum, provost at the University of Chicago, will become its new president, succeeding Jean-Lou Chameau, who left Caltech earlier this year. Rosenbaum will take office in mid-2014.

Christopher Blake has been named the second president of Middle Georgia State College by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Most recently, Blake was president of Mount Mercy University (Iowa). He will assume his new post on Jan. 1.

Horace Judson announced his resignation as the president of Knoxville College (Tenn.) in late October. Evelyn Hallman, a dean at the college, will become president in January.

Vice Provost Judith Langlois has been named the permanent dean of graduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Langlois, who will retain her post as vice provost, had been serving as interim dean since January 2012.

Rutgers University-Camden has created the position of campus provost, with the dean of its law school, Rayman Solomon, stepping into the role on Jan. 1.

The Pennsylvania State University has announced that Amr Salah Elnashai will serve as dean in the College of Engineering, starting Jan. 13.

On Oct. 31, the dean of the University of Wyoming’s College of Law, Stephen Easton, submitted his resignation, effective Nov. 15.


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