An openly gay scholar with a strong background in theater was appointed as the new president of New Jersey's William Paterson University, NorthJersey.com reported.
Richard J. Helldobler, 56currently the interim president of Chicago's Northeastern Illinois University ( NEIU )will be the eighth chief administrator in the college's 163-year history when his appointment takes effect on July 1. He had previously been provost and vice president for academic affairs at NEIU.
Frederick Gruel, chairman of the board, said Helldobler will be paid $330,000 per year, adding that he believes Helldobler is the first openly gay president the university has ever had.
The NorthJersey.com article is at www.northjersey.com/story/news/passaic/wayne/2018/03/09/william-paterson-university-hires-openly-gay-president-richard-helldobler/407287002/ .