Posts Categorized: Comings and Goings

Economist Dynarski Heads to Harvard

Comings and Goings ... Harvard Graduate School of Education announced that Susan Dynarski, currently professor of public policy, education and economics at the University of Michigan, will join the Harvard school as an education professor in July 2021. Alan D. Solomont, the Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, announced he w...

Leadership Change Coming to America’s Largest Contemporary Art Museum

Comings and Goings ... Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art leader Joseph Thompson announced he will step down at the end of October as director of the country’s largest museum for contemporary art. NEJHE covered the opening of Mass MoCA as a creative and economic development tool for the distressed area of western Massachusetts. Carmen Aguilar, former dean of the Center for Workforce ...

Ojakian Retiring as Leader of Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

Comings and Goings ... Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) President Mark Ojakian announced we will retire after five years as CEO of the organization responsible for 17 higher education institutions, 9,000 employees and more than 100,000 students, effective Jan. 1, 2021. He has spent 40 years in state government, including three as chief of staff to then-Gov. Dannel Malloy...

Optometry College’s First Diversity and Inclusion Liaison Among Key New Hires

Comings and Goings ... Dr. Angela Abraham, a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis School of Optometry and Smith College, was appointed to be the first-ever diversity and inclusion liaison for the New England College of Optometry (NECO), where she will work with the college's new Alliance for the Advancement of Diversity and Inclusion. Eboni S. Nelson, a former associate dean ...

Summer Winds at Community Colleges

Comings and Goings ... Connecticut State Colleges and Universities selected Naugatuck Valley Community College Dean of Academic Affairs Lisa Dresdner to serve as interim campus CEO of the community college with locations in Waterbury and Danbury. She will succeed Daisy Cocco De Filippis, who led the college for 12 years. Massasoit Community College President Gena Glickman announced she w...

Emerson College President Pelton Appointed by Boston Mayor to Chair New Racial Equity Fund

Comings and Goings ... Emerson College President Lee Pelton was tapped by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to chair the new Boston Racial Equity Fund. Pelton has led Emerson since 2011. After the police murder of George Floyd, he wrote a widely regarded letter to the Emerson community about his life as a Black man. Arts education consultant Judith Bose, who has held key positions at Johns Hopkin...

UMass Dartmouth Chancellor to Skipper Western New England University

Comings and Goings ... UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson announced he is leaving the South Coast campus in September after three years to become president of Western New England University. He'll succeed Anthony Caprio, who has been president of the Springfield, Mass.-based Western New England for 24 years. Johnson also led Becker College in Worcester for seven years. He recently w...

BU Hires Scholar to Launch Antiracist Research Center; NECHE Names Successor to Brittingham

Comings and Goings ... Boston University announced that American University professor of history and of international relations and author Ibram X. Kendi will join BU’s faculty and launch the BU Center for Antiracist Research. The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) named Lawrence M. Schall, president of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, to be the new president of the re...

New Leaders Named at Connecticut Community Colleges, Interim Tapped at Westfield State, URI’s Dooley To Retire Next Year

Comings and Goings ... CEOs were named to five Connecticut community colleges and retired Norwalk Community College President David Levinson was named acting president over all 12 of them in a single system under the proposed name: Connecticut State Community College. William “Terry” Brown, currently a special assistant to the president at Nashville State Community College in Tennessee,...

Trinity College’s Angel Pérez Tapped to Lead National Admissions Group, Plus More Turnover in Vermont

Comings and Goings ... Angel B. Pérez, vice president for enrollment and student success at Trinity College and NEBHE delegate, was named the next CEO of NACAC, effective July 15. He succeeds Joyce E. Smith, who is retiring after more than 30 years as the association’s deputy executive director, executive director and CEO. Pérez authored NEJHE articles on Reexamining Our Approach to C...