Around the industry: University of Illinois names first black chancellor

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  • Arizona: Arizona State University (ASU) announced Monday that it has revamped its foundation and the specialty groups previously housed within it to create a new governance structure. The university's new Enterprise Partners umbrella group now comprises five nonprofit organizations: the ASU Foundation, ASU Research Enterprise, Arizona Technology Enterprises, University Realty, and Research Collaboratory. Previously, the ASU Foundation had been the parent of the other four groups (Inside Higher Ed, 7/19). 
  • Illinois/New York: State University of New York at Albany President Robert Jones was named on Tuesday as the chancellor of the University of Illinois (UI) at Urbana-Champaign, pending the Board of Trustee's approval. Jones will be the university's first black chancellor since the office was created in 1967, according to the university. Jones, who would replace interim chancellor Barbara Wilson, would serve as vice president of the UI system. He would also hold a tenured faculty position in the department of crop sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (Pettit, "The Ticker," Chronicle of Higher Education, 7/19).
  • Ohio/New York: Citing cost concerns, Wright State University President David Hopkins announced Tuesday that the university has withdrawn from hosting the first presidential debate in September. The debate will instead be held at Hofstra University. "I think it's unfortunate we've gotten two months away from it and we have to pull the plug on it," says Martin Kich, Wright State's faculty union president. "But if the alternative is we would be left with a sizeable financial liability because of this, then I think it's the smart thing to do" (Hulsey, Dayton Daily News, 7/20). 

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