Professional Appointments

Linda L. Ammons has been named dean of Widener University School of Law, effective July 1. She will be the first female and the first African-American to lead the law school. Currently, Ammons is serving as associate dean and professor of law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She earned a bachelor’s from Oakwood College, and a master’s and law degree from The Ohio State University.

Pamela Bernard has been named vice president and general counsel at Duke University effective July 1. She is currently vice president and general counsel at the University of Florida. Bernard received her bachelor’s and a law degree from the University of Florida.

Judith Gordon, a renowned pianist, has joined the Smith College faculty as an assistant professor of music. She was named “Musician of the Year” in 1996 by the Boston Globe and was most recently artistic co-director for Music from Salem in New York. She is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music.

Bonita J. Hairston has been appointed legal counsel at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Most recently, she was assistant university counsel at Winston-Salem State University. Hairston received her bachelor’s and a law degree from Wake Forest University.

Dr. Deneese L. Jones has been named professor and dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Longwood University. Most recently, she served as chair of the President’s Commission on Diversity and associate dean of the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky. Jones earned a bachelor’s from Texas Woman’s University, and a master’s and doctorate from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Maria Klawe has been appointed president of Harvey Mudd College, effective July 1. She is currently dean of Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Klawe, who received her bachelor’s and doctorate from the University of Alberta, Canada, will be the first female president of Harvey Mudd.

Loretta P. Martinez has been named general counsel for the Colorado State University system effective May 15. She currently serves as legal counsel and general secretary to Colorado College. Martinez earned a bachelor’s from Yale University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

Linda A. Masci has been appointed vice president for institutional advancement at the University of New Haven, effective June 1. Most recently, she was vice president and general manager for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut. Masci holds a bachelor’s from Louisiana State University and a master’s from the University of Connecticut.

Terrence Mitchell has been named assistant to the president for institutional diversity at Allegheny College. Most recently, he served as director of the Allegheny College Center for Experiential Learning. Mitchell earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Dr. Larry Eugene Rivers has been named president of Fort Valley State University, effective March 14. Currently, he is the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida A&M University. Rivers earned a bachelor’s from FVSU, a master’s from Villanova University and doctorates from Carnegie Mellon University and from the Goldsmiths College at the University of London, England.

Dr. David J. Skorton has been appointed president of Cornell University, effective July 1. He is the current president of the University of Iowa. A cardiologist and leader in research ethics, Skorton earned a bachelor’s and a medical degree from Northwestern University.

Dr. Daniel S. Papp has been appointed president of Kennesaw State University, effective in May. Currently, he is senior vice chancellor for academics and fiscal affairs for the University System of Georgia. Papp earned a bachelor’s from Dartmouth College and a doctorate from the University of Miami (Fla.).



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