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MICHAEL AUSTIN (Shepherd University) is the new executive vice president of academic affairs at the University of Evansville. Austin previously served as provost and vice president of academic affairs at Newman University, and as dean of graduate studies at Shepherd. An English professor and graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of California at Santa Barbara, he is also the author of several books.

RODERICK J. DAVIS (University of Arkansas), the 20th president of Ohio University, will retire in June. He held the role for 12 years and led a $500 million capital program, created three academic colleges, and oversaw two extension campuses. Davis is a graduate of Ohio, the University of Dayton, and the University of Toledo. He also served at the University of Florida, Arkansas, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Three members of Phi Kappa Phi were given Power of Women scholarships at Southeast Missouri State University. AMANDA EDGAR, LAURA KAIMANN, and KAREN SOUZA MURAMATSU each received a $500 award.

HEIDI A. WAYMENT (Northern Arizona University) and her colleagues were awarded a $400,000 grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the U.S. Department of Defense to study concussion-reporting behavior among NCAA college football players. Wayment is a fellow of the Association of Psychological Sciences, the Society of Experimental Social Psychologists, and the Western Psychological Association.

KIRK H.SCHULZ (Kansas State University) is the new president of Washington State University. Formerly the president of Kansas State, Schulz succeeds ELS0N S. FLOYD (Western Michigan University), who died last June. Schulz is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

MEAGHAN M0RMANN (Illinois Wesleyan University) was awarded the 2016 Technos International Prize from the Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust in Japan. The award recognizes a student who excelled academically and contributed to international awareness and understanding.

RICARD0R0M0 (University of Texas, San Antonio) was named the 2016 President of the Year by the Association of College Unions International. Romo, the fifth president of the university, is a San Antonio native and graduate of the University of Texas, Loyola Marymount University, and University of California, Los Angeles. Romo served on the White House Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, as a vice chairman for the Federal Reserve Bank, and as a representative to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.

KRISTA NEWKIRK (University of North Carolina, Charlotte) is the new president of Converse College. She previously served as Charlotte's first chief of staff and as general counsel for the university. Newkirk is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary.

DEBRA THATCHER (University of Wyoming) is the new president of Umpqua Community College. Previously, Thatcher was a research fellow at the State University of New York at Cobleskill, acting president of that university, and provost/vice president of academic affairs and chief operating officer of SUNY.

BARRY H. DUNN (South Dakota State University) is the university's 20th president. Dunn, who holds three degrees from the university, was previously dean of agriculture and biological sciences. He also served at Texas A&M University, Kingsville.

PENELOPE PETERSON (Iowa State University) retired as the longest-serving dean of Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy, a job she assumed in 1997. A graduate of Iowa State and Stanford University, she also served at Michigan State University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

STEADMAN UPHAM (University of Tulsa) will retire as the university's 19th president, a position he has held since 2004. Upham is a graduate of Arizona State University and the University of Redlands. He also served at Claremont Graduate University, The Claremont Colleges, and the University of Oregon.

RACHEL HASTREITER (University of North Georgia) was named a Georgia Teaching Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. She will receive $30,000 to complete a master's degree program and, in turn, commit to teaching for three years in Georgia.

NEELI BENDAPUDI (University of Kansas) was named provost and executive vice chancellor at Kansas. She was previously the dean and H.D. Price professor of business at the Kansas School of Business.

ELIZABETH JONES (University of West Florida) received a $10,000 Google Student Veterans of America Scholarship. One of eight chosen, the Marine Corps veteran is an engineering student and president of the student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

BILLIE HOLLADAY SKELLEY (University of Wisconsin, Madison) won a Purple Dragonfly Book Award in biography and in historical nonfiction with her book Luella Agnes Owen: Going Where No Lady Had Gone Before., a book for young readers.

PATRICK 0'SHEA (University of Maryland, College Park) will be the new president of University College Cork in Ireland. A fellow of the American Physical Society, and member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, O'Shea is a Maryland graduate. University College Cork was founded in 1845 and has more than 20,000 students.

KAREN LAINO GIANNUZZI (Troy University) received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Mary Washington. The award is given to an alumnus or alumna who has made significant achievements and contributions to a profession or community and who is recognized for leadership.

T. DWAYNE MCCAY (Florida International University) is the new president of Florida International. McCay was previously the executive vice president and chief operating officer. He is a graduate of Auburn University.

SHERYL SYME (University of Maryland) received the Linda DeVore Dental Hygiene Alumnus of the Year award from Maryland. She is an associate professor and director of the bachelor of science degree completion program and director of curriculum management for the division of dental hygiene in the Maryland School of Dentistry.

SALLY BEISSER (Drake University) became the first woman to receive the Provost Troyer Research Fellowship Endowment at Drake. She also received the Madelyn Levitt Teacher of the Year award. Beisser is the founder and director of the Talented and Gifted Online Endorsement Program.

MARCHETA EVANS (University of Texas, San Antonio) is the provost at Our Lady of the Lake University. The past president of the American Counseling Association previously served as dean of the School of Professional Studies and the Worden School of Social Service and at Texas, San Antonio.

TOM ORMOND (Georgia College & State University) is the new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Georgia. A graduate of New Zealand's Massey University, Indiana University, and The Ohio State University, Ormond also served at Darton State College, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, Sonoma State University, and Ithaca College.

JEFF BROWN (New Mexico State University), associate dean of research in the College of Arts and Sciences, retired after 32 years of service. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and was president of the National Council on Public History.

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