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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.

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