Around the industry: Kentucky State University President resigns suddenly

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  • Illinois: Loyola University Chicago announced Monday that Jo Ann Rooney will serve as its new president, making her the first woman and first nonordained church member to take on the role. Rooney succeeds political science professor John Pelissero, who has been serving as interim president since July (Rhodes, Chicago Tribune, 5/23). 
  • Kentucky: Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse announced Monday that he will step down from his position after two years, effective Friday. "At this juncture, I have decided that the further demands and challenges of Kentucky State must be undertaken by new leadership," Burse said in a news release. "I have come to this conclusion after nearly six months of personal assessments and evaluations, which has resulted in my resignation as president, effective May 27, 2016." The university has not announced who will succeed Burse (Zamudio-Suaréz, "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education, 5/23).
  • New York: A 67-year-old ex-convict graduated from Columbia University as the oldest member of his class. David Norman struggled with addiction, had two prison stints, and multiple arrests throughout his life. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and now works as a research assistant at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health. "It's always possible to pursue your dreams," Norman says (Schapiro, New York Daily News, 5/22). 

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