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University of Hartford Names New President

Hartford Courant (CT)

December 15, 2016

The University of Hartford Board of Regents has appointed Gregory S. Woodward, a Midwest college president with roots in West Hartford, as the university's next president.  Woodward, who will take office July 1, has been president of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis., since 2012. He will succeed Walter Harrison, who retires June 30 after serving 19 years.

Gun-friendly Liberty University to Open On-campus Shooting Range

Washington Post

December 15, 2016

Liberty University is planning to open a state-of-the-art shooting range on campus next fall as part of the conservative Evangelical Christian School’s commitment to promoting gun ownership and firearm sports.  University president Jerry Falwell Jr. said that Liberty’s new complex will feature pistol, rifle and shotgun facilities as well as an archery range built into the mountainside of the 7,000-acre campus near Lynchburg, Va. 

Does Financial Aid Really Drive Up Tuition?

December 15, 2016

In 1987, William Bennett wrote a piece in the New York Times with the headline “Our Greedy Colleges.” Bennett was the U.S. Secretary of Education at the time, and he argued that increases in federal financial aid had allowed colleges “blithely to raise their tuitions, confident that Federal loan subsidies would help cushion the increase.”  But what became known as the “Bennett Hypothesis” has been hard to prove.

First Woman and Non-Jesuit to Lead Fairfield University

CT (Bridgeport, CT)

December 15, 2016

Nursing may not seem a logical path to the office of college president, but it makes perfect sense to Lynn Babington. As of Jan. 1, Babington, the university’s provost, will be interim president at Fairfield University, a Jesuit higher education institution. She is expected to hold the job for six months as a search takes place for a permanent replacement for departing president Rev. Jeffrey von Arx. Last summer, it was announced he was being reassigned by the Society of Jesus after 12 years at Fairfield.

Baylor Sexual Assault Scandal Could Cost the College $220 Million

Houston Chronicle

December 14, 2016

The sexual assault scandal at Baylor University could cost the Waco college more than $220 million, according to a report commissioned by a group of high-profile alumni and released Tuesday. That figure, estimated by Austin business valuation company HSSK, compiled estimated costs that Baylor could incur through potential legal settlements, the independent investigation by law firm Pepper Hamilton, fines and penalties plus potential future revenue losses from alumni gifts.  Baylor leaders could not be immediately reached for comment on Tuesday.

'Out of the Ashes'

Inside Higher Ed

December 14, 2016

Lyon College’s nontraditional president-elect won the job with a remarkably traditional pitch. The small, private liberal arts college, located in Batesville, Ark., announced Dec. 5 that W. Joseph King will become its next president. King doesn’t have experience as a college president -- nor as a provost, a vice president or a tenured faculty member, for that matter -- but as a consultant, entrepreneur and researcher.

Rhodes College Names Hass New President

Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

December 13, 2016

After an eight-month search,  Dr. Marjorie Hass will become the 20th person -- and the first woman -- to serve as president of Rhodes College.  The private Memphis liberal arts college announced Hass' appointment with a formal introduction on campus Monday.  Hass, who has served as president of Austin College since July 2009, replaces William E. Troutt, who announced in April he would step down as the school's president in June 2017. Troutt will have served 18 years as the school's leader when he retires.

St. Norbert Grad to Become Its Next President

Green Bay Press Gazette (WI)

December 13, 2016

For St. Norbert College, next school year will bring a new president.  The school announced Dec. 12 that it has named Brian Bruess the school’s eighth president. He will replace Thomas Kunkel, who will retire this spring after a nine-year tenure.  Bruess, a 1990 graduate of St. Norbert who will start work in July, will become only the second St. Norbert alum to the hold the position. The first was Rev. Dennis Burke, a 1926 graduate.

Colby-Sawyer Eliminates Five Majors to Stay Afloat

Valley News (West Lebanon, NH)

December 12, 2016

In announcing the layoffs of 18 employees this week, Colby-Sawyer College is the latest small private school to make a difficult choice in response to national trends that have put pressure on institutions with its profile.  Before cutting seven faculty members and 11 staff members, eliminating 19 open positions and changing 11 more employees’ hours, Colby-Sawyer President Sue Stuebner, who arrived this summer amid a multimillion-dollar, three-year budgetary shortfall, had to take stock of the college’s financial and academic standing.

Stanford Band Suspended for Bad Behavior: Are Colleges Fed Up?

Christian Science Monitor

December 12, 2016

Ever since it cast off its traditional band uniforms for cardinal blazers and funky hats and ties in the 1960s, the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band has been known for its fun-loving, irreverent attitude.  But Stanford University alleges that in addition to the student group’s notoriety is a “systematic cultural problem” that has “not been taken seriously by the band or leadership” since it was found in violation of university rules on alcohol, controlled substances, hazing, and sexual harassment in the spring of 2015.  The university announced in a letter Friday it has temporarily suspended the band until the end of next school year, and plans to hire a professional music director who “retains final control” of the band.
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