St. Joseph’s College has appointed Robert Riley, Ph.D., currently vice provost for academic affairs at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, as St. Joseph’s next provost and vice president for academic affairs. On July 1, Dr. Riley will assume the duties of the College’s chief academic officer. Responsible for strengthening an academic and value-oriented educational program, he will divide his time between SJC Long Island and SJC Brooklyn, and serve as a member of the president’s cabinet. Read more here.
Florida State College at Jacksonville has announced the appointment of Dr. John Avendano as its sixth president. Dr. Avendano will replace Interim President Kevin Hyde who has been serving in this role following the retirement of former FSCJ President Dr. Cynthia Bioteau last May. Dr. Avendano is currently the president and CEO of Kankakee Community College in Illinois. He offers more than 30 years of community college experience including previously serving as the president of the Illinois Council of Public Community College Presidents and the past chair of the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium President’s Council in Illinois. Read more here.
Dr. Catherine Koverola, inaugural provost and senior adviser at the African Leadership University in Mauritius, Africa, has been named president of the University of Pittsburgh's Bradford and Titusville campuses, effective June 1, 2019. Over the past two decades, Dr. Koverola has held leadership positions at large and small institutions in both urban and rural locations. Dr. Koverola earned her doctorate in clinical psychology and a Master of Arts in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She also holds a Master of Arts in clinical child psychology from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of British Columbia. Read more here.
Presbyterian College has announced the appointment of Mr. Jeff Scaccia as Vice President for Finance and Administration. Mr. Scaccia, a CPA, comes from the University of the Ozarks where he also served as the VPFA. Scaccia earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Arkansas in 1995 and his MBA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2002. He graduated from the Harvard Institute for Educational Management in 2015. Read more here.
Barry University in Miami Shores, FL, has announced the appointment of Dr. Mike Allen as its new president. Dr. Allen will become the first man and lay person to lead Barry University since its founding in 1940. He succeeds Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, Ph.D., who has served as Barry’s president since 2004 and will become President Emerita effective July 1. Dr. Allen is the current Vice President of Student Affairs at Catholic University where he also served for eight years as the associate vice president and director of athletics at Catholic University. Dr. Allen earned a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Read more here.
The Board of Trustees of Tougaloo College has announced the selection of Dr. Carmen J. Walters as the 14th President of this historic institution. Dr. Walters succeeds Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan, who is retiring June 30. Dr. Walters has served more than 24 years in Community College education. She received a Bachelor of Science in accounting and business administration from Southern (La.) University in 1984, a Master of Arts degree in postsecondary counseling from Xavier College in New Orleans in 1990 and her PhD in Community College leadership from Mississippi State University in 2009. Read more here.
Fairleigh Dickinson University has announced the appointment of Mr. Ed Silver to the position of General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer He will begin serving the University on April 8, 2019. Mr. Silver is currently Associate General Counsel at Columbia University and comes to FDU with years of experience as both a corporate generalist and litigation attorney with premier law firms, corporations and higher education. He has provided important contributions in particular to Columbia since 2006, contributions such as designing and implementing the infrastructure for Columbia’s global programs, including new policies and procedures; negotiating information technology agreements to assist key university functions; supporting the launch of new research and academic programs in the U.S. and overseas; and developing and delivering compliance programs, resources and training to meet critical regulations. Prior to his work at Columbia, Mr. Silver was the Manager for Global Contracts Development at IBM and Associate General Counsel at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
The Christian Theological Seminary has announced that Rev. Dr. David M. Mellott will serve as its seventh president. His tenure will officially begin on July 1, 2019. Since 2011, Dr. Mellott has served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean, and Professor of Theological Formation at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA. An ordained minister with the United Church of Christ, Dr. Mellott provides an especially unique perspective for the ecumenical Indianapolis campus; he grew up with roots in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and was previously ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1982. Read more here.