People on the Move: New presidents, positions and appointments in higher ed

The first woman president at Amherst retires; Columbia College names its 18th president
By: | October 13, 2021

Biddy Martin announced in September that she will step down as president of Amherst College at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year.  The first woman to serve as Amherst’s president, she has been at Amherst since 2011 and will leave her office as the longest-serving president there in 50 years. The former Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin plans to remain a tenured professor at Amherst in the departments of German and Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies, after taking a sabbatical year, and to teach, which she has not yet done there.

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Lasell University in Newton, Mass., announced on September 23rd that Dr. Lynne Celli was named Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. The experienced educator and administrator comes to Lasell from Endicott College, where she held various positions, among them executive director of professional education and leadership, dean of graduate professional education, and associate dean for graduate education programs.

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In January 2022, Nicholas Alton Lewis will step into his new role of associate vice president for academic initiatives and associate dean at New York’s Bard College. Previously assistant dean of the College at Bard, he has served in a number of notable academic roles in his career, among them associate dean of student affairs at Yale Divinity School. Lewis, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University, also maintains an active career as a musician and composer.

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New vice president of University Relations at Long Island University Meaghan Hogan brings with her upwards of 15 years’ experience driving results in university fundraising and engagement, previously having helped drive efforts that tripled principal gifts and more than quadrupled fundraising for the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University. Hogan has also served as vice dean of institutional advancement for the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

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After serving as interim president since January, Dr. David Russell is now two weeks into his brand-new role as the 18th president of Columbia College. Russell, who previously served as chairman of the college’s board, had been chief of staff for nine presidents in the University of Missouri system and spend six years as the Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education. Russell recently announced plans for Columbia College to hire its first director of diversity, equity and inclusion this fall.

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