Atlantic Records President of Promotion Andrea Ganis Looks Back, and Ahead, at Her Legendary Career

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Few music industry vets approach the level of royalty in the radio world that Andrea Ganis, Variety‘s Hitbreaker of the Year, inhabits. She rose through the ranks at Atlantic Records until they had to create a new title for her: president of promotion.

“Atlantic was a powerhouse then as it is now, so I got to work legendary acts throughout my career,” says the New York native. “My early years began with the Rolling Stones, Bette Midler, Abba, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Phil Collins, U2, Stevie Nicks and so many more, including songs that I forgot I promoted until I hear them in a store and point up and say, ‘I worked that record!’”

That streak has continued over the years, particularly with the remarkably consistent current regime of co-chairs Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald, who have steered the ship since 2004. Ganis began her career as an assistant at Polydor Records and quickly became the first female on the company’s national promotion staff. After a stint at Infinity Records (“They closed — apparently Infinity wasn’t forever,” she cracks), Ganis arrived at Warner Music’s Atlantic label  and quickly became a legend at the company and within the industry. However, she is quick to share credit not just with the company’s leaders and her teams over the years, but also for the guidance she received along the way.

“Harry Anger and Arnie Geller mentored me during my Polydor days, but ultimately it was Doug Morris who really taught me the business,” she says of the longtime Atlantic president who became the only person to be CEO of all three major label groups. “He came to my office every day to discuss the development of our records and would make me study sales reports, imparting that sales was the way to truly judge if a record was real. And Julie Greenwald is a great role model since she is an executive without peer.”

Although formats and platforms and so much else about the music business has changed over the years, the basics of breaking a song remain the same (to paraphrase a legendary Atlantic artist). “Promotion is an art that morphs in tandem with the trends of radio as well as the broader currents of culture,” she says, “but ultimately the tenets are the same. First and foremost is the music itself, and then the strategy created to expose it.”

Along the way, Ganis has had a front-row seat to the history of modern music. “There are so many artists I’ve been lucky to be involved with, and I love breaking music from so many different genres,” she says, launching into a long list that includes INXS, Stone Temple Pilots, Hootie and the Blowfish, Jewel, Matchbox 20, Skid Row, Brandy, Kid Rock, Tori Amos, En Vogue, Aaliyah, “and of course our current super-bigs, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Cardi B, Coldplay, Lizzo,” not to mention this year’s chart goliath, Roddy Ricch.

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Stanford University Report Ranks Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Mohammed Cherkaoui Among the World’s Top 2% of Scientists

In the discipline of “materials” science, Dr. Cherkaoui ranked in the top 3,000 of the world’s more than 177,000 researchers in the field. He is best known for his pioneering work in micromechanics and nuclear engineering, and he has authored more than 200 publications including the first-ever micromechanics textbook. His international accolades include the France Medal from the National Center for Scientific Research, the Obama Award under the Material Genome Initiative, and the Lorraine Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. He has also achieved a tenured professorship at Georgia Institute of Technology and a Boeing Endowed Chair and professorship at Mississippi State University.

“I am humbled by this recognition, and I owe a debt of gratitude to all of my co-authors and the vast network of Ph.D. students and contributors who have supported my work throughout my career,” said Dr. Cherkaoui. “I am proud to bring LIU to the forefront of global research as we strive to become a world-leading, pioneering university of the future.”

Dr. Cherkaoui was a pioneering influence of the International University of Rabat in Morocco, the International Joint Units (UMI) research institution between the French government and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the France National Center for Scientific Research. He is a member of the European Commission material science division, and he is the associate editor of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology.

“Dr. Cherkaoui’s visionary leadership and collaborative approach to interdisciplinary research across LIU has led to some of our most forward-thinking initiatives such as our Digital Health Institute and competitive artificial intelligence program,” said LIU President Dr. Kimberly R. Cline. “I am proud to see him recognized as one of the world’s greatest scientists; an honor he truly deserves.” 

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James ‘Jim’ Ebben, former longtime Edgewood College president, dies | Higher education

Hopkins was hired by Ebben in 1991 as director for mission integration and remembers his ability to build personal relationships with people from board members to students and a passion for education rooted in creating “a more just and compassionate world.”

“There was a hunger in him to learn something new every day, whether it was reading, whether it was traveling, whether it was talking with people,” said Hopkins, who retired from Edgewood in June.

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Ebben was the first layperson to become president of the small Dominican college founded in 1927 and was hired to expand enrollment and build the college’s endowment.

His term as president was “marked by explosive enrollment growth, and significant expansion of campus facilities,” the college said.

Edgewood College had doubled its enrollment, more than doubled its physical plant and increased donations from almost nothing before Ebben arrived in 1987 to $23 million over his tenure as president, according to a State Journal story from 2003 about Ebben’s pending retirement.

Under his leadership, the college constructed a new library, science center, humanities building, dormitory and renovated the Edgedome to allow NCAA competition for the first time, the college said.

Ebben was married to Marilyn Ebben for 57 years, and the couple had three children and nine grandchildren, according to his obituary.

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Concordia University announces Bull as 11th president | Education

Before Goddard, Bull served as chief innovation officer, vice provost for curriculum and innovation and a professor at Concordia University Wisconsin between 2006 and 2018, and has also worked in K-12 Lutheran schools in Illinois and Wisconsin.

A graduate of Concordia in Wisconsin, Bull holds degrees in education, theology and history, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University Chicago, a Master of Liberal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Doctor of Education in instructional technology from Northern Illinois University.

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Stuart Bartruff, the chair of Concordia’s Board of Regents, said Bull “expressed a strong desire to return to serving in a Christ-centered Lutheran” university.

“He has a strong commitment to Lutheran theology, and he looks forward to faithfully fulfilling the Concordia University Promises of a Lutheran Education,” Bartruff said in a statement.

Bull will succeed the Rev. Brian Friedrich, who was Concordia’s president from 2004-2019, and the Rev. Russ Sommerfeld, who began his interim role Jan. 1.

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St. John’s University taps ex-Providence head as new president

St. John’s University tapped the Rev. Brian Shanley — the former long-time head of Providence College — to lead the New York Catholic institution amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I have long admired St. John’s commitment to the founding mission set forth by the Vincentian community to provide a Catholic education for first-generation students in a diverse and inclusive environment. I look forward to leading our community to remain committed to that mission amidst the unique challenges of the current times,” Shanley said.

Shanley, 62, a member of the Dominican order, will take over Feb. 1 for the beginning of the spring semester.

Shanley replaces Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, SJU’s first lay president in its 144-year-history, who announced his retirement in June after six years at the helm.

Like other colleges, St. John’s — the nation’s second largest Catholic University with 20,000 students and its main campus located in Queens — is grappling with a drop in enrollment because of the pandemic. About 60 percent of classes are conducted online and 40 percent in-person, a spokesman said.

“There are all kinds of challenges on the mental health front that we don’t hear,” Shanley told The Torch, SJU’s student newspaper, of the pandemic’s impact. “[Providence’s] success at remote learning [has] been mixed. A lot of students are really turned off by remote learning.”

Shanley, who was president of his alma mater Providence College for 15 years before stepping down in June, is known for regularly interacting with students.

He also intends to teach a course in philosophy.

The incoming president practices the Chinese martial art Xing Yi Quan and enjoys opera and golfing.

St. John’s and Providence compete against each other in sports in the Big East league. Shanley said he would root for SJU — but not necessarily against Providence when they play each other, he told the student paper .

“I’ve been at the Big East Tournament every year that I’ve been the President [at Providence], I love going,” he said of of the basketball tournament

“And there’s nothing like basketball in Madison Square Garden.”

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World’s first graduate-level AI university appoints world-renowned academic Eric Xing as President

His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Chairman of the MBZUAI Board of Trustees, said: “We are excited to welcome Professor Dr. Xing as the president of MBZUAI. He is one of the world’s foremost academics in the field of AI, and an exceptional business leader who understands the practical application of artificial intelligence. We are confident that Professor Dr. Xing will bring immense expertise to MBZUAI and our ambitions in this industry.”

Ranked as one of the top computer science professors worldwide, Professor Dr. Xing joins MBZUAI from Carnegie Mellon University in the US, where he most recently served as Associate Department Head of Research at the Machine Learning Department, part of Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. Additionally, he is the Founding Director of the Center for Machine Learning and Health, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Professor Dr. Xing has also spent time as Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University, and as Visiting Research Professor at Facebook Inc.

A highly recognised and award-winning member of the AI community, the new MBZUAI President has authored or contributed to more than 370 research papers and reports. His research has been cited more than 35,000 times by leading academics and academic journals.

Professor Dr. Xing is also the Founder, Chairman, and Chief Scientist of Petuum, Inc, which has raised over $120 million funding since 2016 and was selected as a 2018 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Dr. Xing said: “AI is one of the most transformational technologies of our time, with the potential to have an immeasurable positive impact on economies, industries, and society. As President of MBZUAI, my vision is to build and enable a generation of leaders who have the necessary understanding, expertise, and skills to unlock the full potential of AI through academic research and industry applications. It is a privilege to have this opportunity to lead such a ground-breaking establishment, and do so in the UAE, a country that has made AI a strategic national priority.” 

Since launching in October 2019, MBZUAI has achieved several important milestones, including the completion of its state-of-the-art campus in Masdar City and the successful completion of its first admissions cycle. The university recently extended admission offers to 101 students for the first academic year commencing in January 2021. Students accepted into the first cohort were selected from an elite group of 2,223 applicants of 97 different nationalities. Admitted students come from 31 countries.

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University of SC president tests positive for COVID-19

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen said Wednesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Caslen said he tested positive Tuesday evening and is isolating at home, according to a news release, which added that he is asymptomatic.

Caslen, who was chosen to head the state’s largest institution of higher learning in 2019, gets tested at least three times a week for the virus. The positive test was administered through the university, which offers saliva-based and nasal swab tests to students, faculty and staff.

“I am in good health and continuing to work from home. I look forward to returning to the office as soon as possible,” Caslen said in a statement. “My diagnosis reinforces the need for everyone to get COVID tested regularly to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

Caslen had announced earlier this week that the university would institute monthly mandatory testing for students, faculty and staff who work on campus or are enrolled in at least one face-to-face or hybrid class. Those living, learning or working on the Columbia campus will also have to show proof of testing before returning to school in the spring.

After reports of large crowds of students at Columbia bars, Caslen visited some establishments on Halloween night to see the conditions himself, WACH-TV reported. He also stopped by a neighborhood where thousands of students had gathered at an outdoor party earlier in the fall.

As of Monday, the university’s Columbia campus had tracked 133 active COVID-19 cases among students and staff. The school has recorded more than 3,000 cases since Aug. 1, according to an online dashboard.

Across the entire state, cases have begun spiking this fall. The Department of Health and Environmental Control reported 1,243 confirmed cases Wednesday and four additional deaths. The state has now tracked nearly 200,000 cases and more than 4,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The state health department said it is taking a break from reporting daily COVID-19 numbers on Thanksgiving Day. Health officials will instead provide those daily counts in Friday’s report.


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U president projects deficit of up to $175 million in current fiscal year

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The University of Minnesota is looking at a projected budget shortfall of $150 million to $175 million by the end of the fiscal year in June 2021, President Joan Gabel announced in a letter to faculty and staffers this week.

The pandemic-related shortfall had been expected, but its scope wasn’t known until now. And it remained unclear exactly how the U will plug the financial hole.

In her letter, Gabel wrote in broad language that she has a plan that “includes additional unit and centralized cost-saving measures” and “further use of balances and reserves,” but provided few specifics.

She offered one detail: Pay cuts and furloughs will continue through the second half of the 2021 fiscal year, which ends June 30. When the pay reduction program began in June, Gabel said administrators would reconsider whether the cuts would be necessary for the entire fiscal year. That answer now is yes.

The U has more than 27,000 employees, with salaries and benefits representing about 63% of the school’s expenditures this year. The pay cuts, which affect most employees who make more than $60,000 annually, will save the U up to $50 million. Gabel, her cabinet and top sports coaches each took 10% pay cuts.

“The plan will maintain current levels, meaning that the highest paid among us continue to take the largest cut,” Gabel wrote.

But those cuts are only a fraction of the money the U will need to find.

The current pandemic-adjusted operating budget of $4 billion, adopted in June, includes the freezing of hiring and merit pay raises. U leaders initially adopted an optimistic budget that assumed a return to normalcy by this fall. That didn’t happen.

Board of Regents Chairman Kenneth Powell said he won’t know more until the regents meet during the week of Dec. 7.

“I’d be happy to talk with you once we have the docket material for the board meeting which will detail the components of the deficit and the president’s plan for solving the budget shortfall,” Powell said in an e-mail.

Michael Hsu, another regent, has been dubious for months about the Gabel administration’s cautious response to the pandemic, and described the deficit as a big problem.

“The question is, how are we going to pay for it?” he said.

U officials faced a deficit in the 2020 fiscal year, finishing on June 30 with a $65 million shortfall. To cover the gap, they used $22 million from the U’s central reserves, $24 million in uncommitted funds and roughly $19 million in federal funding.

State appropriations make up about a third of the university’s budget, but lawmakers are ill-positioned to help out. Gov. Tim Walz will release the state’s updated budget numbers Tuesday, but they’re not expected to be robust; the state is also looking at a multiyear, multibillion-dollar deficit.

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St. John’s University names long-time educator as new president

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Rev. Brian J. Shanley, former president of Providence College, has been selected as the new president of St. John’s University.

Shanley is expected to begin his tenure at St. John’s on Feb. 1, 2021.

“On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, I am absolutely delighted to welcome Fr. Shanley to St. John’s,” said St. John’s alumnus and chair of the Board of Trustees William J. Janetschek, in a news release. “Fr. Shanley’s steadfast devotion to Catholic education and to student success were apparent from our very first conversations with him. He has a demonstrated record of achievement as President of Providence College, and we believe that he is the ideal candidate to serve as our beloved University’s 18th President. We look forward to, and will be grateful for, Fr. Shanley’s visionary leadership in the years ahead.”

Shanley succeeds Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, the first lay president in St. John’s University history, who is slated to retire in June 2021. Gempesaw joined St. John’s University as president in 2014.

“I am honored and delighted to be elected by the Board of Trustees to serve the St. John’s community as President of the University,” said Shanley. “I have long admired St. John’s commitment to the founding mission set forth by the Vincentian community to provide a Catholic education for first-generation students in a diverse and inclusive environment. I look forward to leading our community to remain committed to that mission amidst the unique challenges of the current times.”

From 2005 to June 2020, Rev. Shanley was the 12th and longest-serving president in the history of Providence College.

During his tenure, he was widely credited with making substantial improvements to campus facilities and student services, hiring large numbers of new faculty, diversifying the student body, and strengthening the college’s national profile in academics and athletics.

A 1980 Providence College alumnus, he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in history and was ordained to the priesthood in 1987. He was sent to the University of Toronto four years later to complete a Ph.D. in philosophy. Shanley then joined the faculty at The Catholic University of America where he was awarded tenure. He then spent time at the University of Notre Dame and at Emory University.

In 1999, he joined the Providence College Board of Trustees and was elected president in 2005 — serving three consecutive five-year terms, concluding his service as president in June.

“I am thrilled for Fr. Shanley. He was such an impactful president during his 15-year tenure at Providence College, and he will long be remembered as one of the best presidents in the history of our college,” said Providence College President Fr. Kenneth R. Sicard. “He was an amazing colleague, friend and mentor to me. I know that he still had more to offer, and I have no doubt that he will do a wonderful job at St. John’s University. On behalf of the entire Providence College community, I wish him the very best and

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Illinois State University president plans to retire in June

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Illinois State University President Larry Dietz announced Friday that he plans to retire next summer after more than six years as the school’s leader.

Dietz plans to retire on June 30, 2021, after nearly a decade at the university — the last 6½ as the leader of the Normal campus, The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reported.

A search for his successor will begin immediately, said Julie Jones, chair of the board of trustees.

Dietz was named school president in March 2014 after the short tenure of Timothy Flanagan.

His accomplishments as president include a fund-raising campaign, “Redbirds Rising,” which ended in July after raising a record $180.9 million and exceeding its original $150 million goal.

Dietz has been at ISU since 2011, first joining the staff as vice president for student affairs and a professor in the department of education administration and foundations. He was vice chancellor for student affairs at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale for 11 years before coming to ISU.

In February, the board of trustees awarded him a performance bonus of $48,000 on top of his base salary of $375,000. In May, the board extended his contract through the end of the year.

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