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New heads have been appointed for two residential colleges. Anjelica Gonzalez (left), associate professor of biomedical engineering and faculty director of Tsai CITY, succeeds John Witt ’94, ’99JD, ’00PhD as head of Davenport College. Paul North, professor of Germanic languages and literatures, is the new head of Jonathan Edwards College, succeeding W. Mark Saltzman.

Two new deans have been appointed to oversee divisions of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the body of faculty in Yale College and the Graduate School. Kenneth Scheve, the Dean Acheson Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs, is the new dean of social science. Larry Gladney, professor of physics and the Phyllis A. Wallace Dean of Diversity and Faculty Development, is the new dean of science.


Alumni chose Fred Krupp ’75, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, for a six-year term on Yale’s Board of Trustees in this spring’s election. Krupp was selected over Jessica Herrera-Flanigan ’92, a vice president of Twitter, and Daniel H. Weiss ’85MPPM, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


John M. Merriman, the Charles Seymour Professor of History, died on May 22. He was 75. Merriman, who joined the Yale faculty in 1973, was an authority on nineteenth-century French history. His textbook History of Modern Europe From the Renaissance to the Present is in its fourth edition. He was also an esteemed teacher: he won the Byrnes/Sewall Teaching Prize in 2000 and the DeVane Medal in 2019. He was master of Branford College from 1983 to 1991.

Thomas Troeger ’67, the J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor Emeritus of Christian Communication at the Divinity School, died of cancer on April 3. He was 77. Troeger, an ordained minister in both the Episcopal and Presbyterian church, taught and wrote about homiletics and preaching. He also wrote more than 50 published poems and hymn texts.

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