People Watch: Hope College’s new leader bucks tradition

Matthew Scogin is the Michigan institution’s new president, even though he has never held a position in academia, other than being a board member at Hope
By: | July 31, 2019
Matthew Scogin, President, Hope CollegeMatthew Scogin, President, Hope College

As Matthew Scogin was trying to pick a college to attend, he applied to the University of Michigan, but got put on a waiting list. Deciding that if they didn’t want him, he didn’t want them, he began looking for another school and eventually landed at Michigan’s Hope College. Now, he has been hired as Hope’s president—even though he has never held a position in academia, other than being a board member at Hope. Scogin served most recently as the chief administrative officer at global financial advisory firm Perella Weinberg Partners. Read more.

In other people news:

Kentucky State University’s vice president for institutional advancement, Wendy Kobler, will leave next month for the same position at Ithaca College in New York. Read more.

Former University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston continued to collect a $425,000 salary in the year after he retired from his position in June 2018. This “transitional pay” was part of his contract. Read more.