Joan Gabel has been appointed the University of Minnesota’s first female president. Professor Gabel, who is currently provost at the University of South Carolina, was the sole finalist for the role leading the state university, which has about 50,000 students and an annual budget of $4 billion (£3.2 billion). She will succeed Eric Kaler, who has led the institution since 2011. David McMillan, chair of Minnesota’s board of regents, said Professor Gabel “stood out from a highly competitive pool of candidates”. “Her qualifications, combined with her warmth, energy and her genuine engagement with students, faculty, staff and others are proof that she will make an outstanding president,” he said.
Graham Upton is the new interim vicechancellor of Bangor University. Professor Upton, who led Oxford Brookes University from 1997 to 2007, has been interim vice-chancellor at Birmingham City University, the University of Cumbria and Wrexham Glyndwr University. He took up his post on 1 January, replacing John Hughes, who was due to retire at the end of the academic year but instead left at the end of December. Marian Wyn Jones, Bangor’s chair of council, said that “given the number of challenges currently facing the university…we concluded that it would be in the university’s best interests for those issues to be dealt with by a team which will be able to see through the changes, not only during the forthcoming months, but crucially also into the next academic year”.
Craig Callum is to be the next director of the National Transport Design Centre at Coventry University. He will join the centre, which opened in 2017 and is part of the university’s Institute for Future Transport and Cities, after a stint as a design manager at Lego.
Catherine Marks is Bond University’s new vice-president (engagement). She joins the Queensland institution from Swansea University, where she was director of global advancement.