WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2022 – AGB Search, a national leader in higher education executive search, is pleased to announce the following recent appointments:

Canisius College has named Steve K. Stoute as its 25th president. Stoute currently serves as vice president for strategic initiatives at DePaul University. Read more.

Cornell University has announced the appointment of Ben Furnas as executive director of The 2030 Project: A Cornell Climate Initiative. Furnas is an alumnus of Cornell University’s class of 2006. Read more.

Durham Technical Community College has selected Kara Battle as its chief academic officer. Battle has served in several other roles with the college before serving as the interim chief academic officer since April 2021. Read more.

Durham Technical Community College has appointed Abraham Dones as its new vice president and chief student services officer. Dones currently serves as the registrar and assistant dean of admissions, registrations and records for the college. Read more.

Eastern Kentucky University has selected Thomas M. Martin as its next dean of the College of Business. Martin currently holds joint appointments at EKU as associate provost for research and executive director of the Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship & Technology (CEDET). Read more.

La Salle University has appointed Daniel J. Allen as its 30th president. Allen is currently senior vice president for advancement and external relations at DePaul University. Read more.

Liturgical Press has announced the appointment of Therese Ratliff as its director. Ratliff currently serves as publisher of the books and devotionals division for Bayard, Inc. Read more.

North Dakota State University has selected David Cook as the university’s 15th president. Cook currently serves as vice chancellor for public affairs and economic development at the University of Kansas. Read more.

Southern University System has selected Dennis Shields as the president of the system and chancellor of Southern University and A&M College. Shields has served as chancellor of University of Wisconsin-Platteville since 2010. Read more.


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