Rebecca Lingwood has joined Brunel University London as its first provost. Professor Lingwood, who was previously viceprincipal for education and professor of fluid dynamics at Queen Mary University of London, will be responsible for Brunel’s academic strategy and will also deputise for vice-chancellor Julia Buckingham. At Queen Mary, Professor Lingwood led the introduction of the “QMUL Model”, which put a personalised credit-bearing strand focusing on societal impact into every undergraduate programme. “Rebecca’s distinguished track record in both education and research, her commitment to Brunel’s unique academic mission and her evident future potential all position her to succeed in what is a critical leadership role,” Professor Buckingham said.
Charles R. Martinez Jr has been named the next dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Professor Martinez, who will also hold the Lee Hage Jamail Regents chair in education and the Sid W. Richardson Regents chair, is currently Philip H. Knight professor in the department of educational methodology, policy and leadership at the University of Oregon. Professor Martinez, who will join UT Austin in January, also served as Oregon’s vice-president for institutional equity and diversity from 2005 to 2011. “Charles’ scholarship, extensive policy expertise and proven success as a university administrator make him poised to build upon its success and lead the college as it adapts to the changing landscape of education and health,” said Maurie McInnis, UT Austin’s executive vice-president.
Lawrence Abeln will join Richmond, the American International University in London, as its new president next month. He was previously dean of the School of Management at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok and, before that, dean of the University of Adelaide Business School.
Peter Smailes has been appointed as vice-president, finance and operations, at the University of British Columbia. He previously held the role on an interim basis and served as the institution’s treasurer before that.