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Leadership Appointments

University of Alaska System
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Luke Fulp
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The University of Alaska System has announced the appointment of Luke Fulp as the Chief Financial Officer. Fulp has extensive financial management and leadership experience in academic settings. For more than a decade he has served as the Deputy Superintendent of Business and Operations for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. Previously he served as Director of Finance for the Kodiak School District and Purchasing & Accounts Payable Supervisor at the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Fulp holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast. He’s a certified Administrator of School Finances and Operations through the Association of School Business Officials International, and a certified public accountant (CPA) candidate. Read more here.
Jan 24, 2023
Providence College
Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Margaret Watkins
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Providence College has announced the appointment of Dr. Margaret Watkins as its new Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Watkins has a long background in Catholic higher education and a deep respect for the Dominican commitment to truth and the intertwined call to contemplation and action. She is firmly committed to the vision of liberal arts education embodied by Providence’s School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Watkins currently serves as the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Seattle Pacific University and is responsible for the oversight of 15 departments. She also is a member of the Academic Leadership Team at Seattle Pacific and serves as the President of the International Hume Society. Dr. Watkins earned both her Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Read more here.

Jan 23, 2023
Ursinus College
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Mr. Robert Herzog
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Mr. Robert Herzog has been appointed as the next Vice President for Finance and Administration at Ursinus College. Mr. Herzog brings to Ursinus an impressive record of accomplishment spanning the higher education, corporate, and professional services sectors. Herzog led the financial operations for the 16 Tech Innovation District, an urban environment that brings together innovators and entrepreneurs in the life sciences, technology, and manufacturing sectors. His strategic and business acumen, coupled with his ability to seamlessly navigate complex financial transactions and build actionable public-private partnerships, helped propel 16 Tech as a leading, and highly diverse, economic hub for the state of Indiana. Prior to this role, Robert held senior finance and administration positions within higher education, most recently at Herzing University in Milwaukee, Wisc., and Berkeley College in New Jersey. Read more here.

Jan 12, 2023
Arizona State University
Director of the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence
Dr. Ross Maciejewski
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Dr. Ross Maciejewski, Professor of Computer Science at Arizona State University, has been appointed Director of the School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence following a competitive national search. Dr. Maciejewski also serves as Director of the Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency – a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. His primary research interests are in the areas of geographical visualization and visual analytics focusing on homeland security, public health, dietary analysis, social media, criminal incident reports, and the food-energy-water nexus. Dr. Maciejewski is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award (2014) and was recently named a Fulton Faculty Exemplar and Global Security Fellow at Arizona State. Dr. Maciejewski received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Purdue University.

Jan 10, 2023
Robert Morris University
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Dr. Joseph Zimmer
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Robert Morris University has appointed Dr. Joseph Zimmer as its new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Zimmer will be joining RMU from St. Bonaventure University where he has served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2015. He also served as interim president in 2021-2022 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to serving as Provost at St. Bonaventure, Dr. Zimmer taught in the University's School of Education for 22 years and served as its dean from 2011-2015. Zimmer earned his bachelor's degree in English, a master's degree in English Education, and a doctorate in Reading Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Read more here.

Jan 10, 2023
California State University, East Bay
University Diversity Officer
Dr. Kathleen Wong(Lau)
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California State University, East Bay has announced the appointment of Kathleen Wong(Lau), Ph.D., as the incoming University Diversity Officer. She will join Cal State East Bay on January 17, 2023. Dr. Wong(Lau) currently serves as the Chief Diversity Officer at San Jose State University, a Cabinet-level position she has held for the last six-and-a-half years. Prior to that, she served as the Executive Director of the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE). She was concurrently the Director of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies at the University of Oklahoma, where she taught the doctoral seminar on Diversity in Higher Education. She earned her B.A. in Speech Communication from California State University, Hayward (now Cal State East Bay), and her Ph.D. in Intercultural Communication from Arizona State University. Read more here.

Dec 20, 2022
Emporia State University
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Brent Thomas
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Dr. Brent Thomas has been appointed as the new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Emporia State University. Dr. Thomas has ascended the ranks at Emporia State having first joined the University in 2006 when he was hired as an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. In 2014, he was appointed as the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and since September 2022 has been serving as the Interim Provost. Dr. Thomas began his career at Emporia State in 2006 after earning his Ph.D. in biological sciences from Mississippi State University and serving on faculty at University of South Carolina Upstate.  Read more here.
Dec 19, 2022
Waubonsee Community College
President
Dr. Brian Knetl
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The Board of Trustees at Waubonsee Community College has unanimously selected Dr. Brian Knetl to be their next president. He will be joining Waubonsee Community College in the coming weeks. Dr. Knetl currently serves as Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to Grand Rapids, he was Associate Provost of Academic Affairs and Dean of Liberal Arts at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. Dr. Knetl earned a doctorate in Education from Loyola University, Chicago, master’s degree from Texas State University, and bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s University. He was a 2018-2019 Aspen Presidential Fellow for Community College Leadership. Read more here.

Dec 12, 2022
Eastern Kentucky University
Director of the Manufacturing Engineering Program
Dr. Michael (Sean) June
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Eastern Kentucky University has announced the appointment of Dr. Michael (Sean) June as the new Director of the Manufacturing Engineering Program. Dr. June will begin as soon as Monday, December 12, 2022. Dr. June is currently an Associate Professor of Engineering, and the Director of the Gadomski Center for Engineering Innovation at Christian Brothers University, and has been a faculty fellow in the Marshall Space Flight Center for NASA. Dr. June holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in Thermal Sciences from North Carolina State University. 

Dec 7, 2022