Paul W. Ferguson named president at Ball State

Also: The University of Baltimore and Union College (Neb.) pick new leaders

Ball State University has selected Paul W. Ferguson as its 15th president. He comes to the Indiana school from The University of Maine, where he has been president since 2011.

Ferguson led a comprehensive strategic planning process there called “The Blue Sky Project,” which focused on transforming both the undergraduate and graduate student experience. He begins his new tenure on Aug. 1, replacing President Jo Ann Gora, who retired on June 30.

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  • Baltimore’s mayor from 1987 to 1999, Kurt Schmoke will now lead The University of Baltimore. Previously interim provost and general counsel at Howard University (D.C.), he replaces retiring President Robert Bogomolny.
  • In June, Vinita Sauder succeeded John Wagner as the president of Union College (Neb.). Sauder was previously the vice president for strategic initiatives at Southern Adventist University in Tennessee.
  • Starting July 1, Vicki Colvin, vice provost for research and professor of chemistry and chemical and biomolecular engineering at Rice University (Texas), will replace Mark Schlissel as Brown University’s provost.
  • Gary Sandefur has been named provost and senior VP of academic affairs at Oklahoma State University. He’ll replace Robert Sternberg, who resigned last year. —Lauren Williams

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