Ms. Madeline Pumariega has been selected to become the fifth president of Miami Dade College. She is expected to assume office in early January, 2021. Ms. Pumariega currently serves as Executive Vice President and Provost of Tallahassee Community College, where she provides leadership and is responsible for aligning and advancing the high-impact practices within the institution’s three core divisions – academic affairs, student affairs and workforce development. Pumariega was appointed as the first female and Hispanic Chancellor of the Florida College System in 2015. Prior to that, she was president of Take Stock in Children, a statewide nonprofit focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Read more here.
Dunwoody College of Technology has announced that Scott Stallman, Ph.D., has been named the College’s new Provost. Dr. Stallman will be starting his new position in early January, 2021. He brings with him 13 years of experience leading academic programs, most recently serving as Vice President of Instruction, Chief Academic Officer at Lone Star College in Tomball, Texas. Dr. Stallman earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri – Columbia, his Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and his Doctorate in Higher Education Administration at Illinois State University. Read more here.
Kent State University has appointed Dr. Melody Tankersley as its new Senior VIce President and Provost, effective on November 1st, 2020. An experienced leader, Dr. Tankersley has served Kent State in positions of increasing responsibility since 1993. Dr. Tankersley is one of the nation’s leading scholars in her field of special education and is an accomplished administrator. Since being named interim senior vice president and provost in 2019, she has excelled in many areas, particularly in her handling of the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Tankersley earned her bachelor’s and master's degrees in special education from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina and her doctorate degree in special education from the University of Virginia. Read more here.
The University of Alaska Foundation has named Dr. Tod A. Burnett as president of the University of Alaska Foundation and chief development officer of the University of Alaska. Dr. Burnett, previously the executive vice chancellor for advancement at Brandman University, Irvine, CA, has extensive experience in higher education philanthropy and non-profit leadership. He will begin his presidency on November 8, 2020. Dr. Burnett has extensive private business experience, has served on a number of public and private boards and commissions and has been recognized by more than 75 public officials and organizations for his contributions to community and social causes. Dr. Burnett earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of California, Riverside, a master’s degree in management/finance from University of Southern California and a doctorate in education and psychology from Pepperdine University. Read more here.
Old Dominion University has announced the appointment of Dr. Benjamin Stuart as Dean of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology. Dr. Stuart has been serving as Acting Dean for the past 16 months. Under his leadership, while facing the challenges of the pandemic, the College continued to build its research enterprise and revamped its academic programs to best serve the needs of all students. Dr. Stuart has been with the College for five years. Prior to his tenure at ODU, he spent 10 years at Ohio University. His current research focuses on biofuels/bioproducts production through the thermochemical processing of biomass. He has led or co-led more than $26 million worth of research projects funded by federal, state and industrial partners and is the author or co-author of 50 refereed/reviewed publications. Dr. Stuart holds a Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Read more here.
Clarkson University has appointed Dr. Lennart D. Johns as founding dean of its Earl R. and Barbara D. Lewis School of Health Sciences. In his role as Director of General Education for Quinnipiac University, he oversaw the development of a first-year seminar and a senior-level integrative capstone experience. The primary focus of his academic research has been centered on autoimmunity and injury repair. Dr. Johns has an undergraduate degree from Lock Haven University, a master of science degree in biology from Bucknell University, and a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Vermont. He has held many previous positions in his career and served 18 years in academic leadership roles. Johns will officially begin his new position on January 1, 2021. Read more here.