Posts Categorized: Comings and Goings

Holy Cross Names Its First Black Lay President

Comings and Goings ... The College of the Holy Cross chose Boston College Law School Dean Vincent Rougeau to be the first-ever Black and first-ever layperson to serve as president of the 178-year-old Jesuit college in Worcester, Mass. Rougeau will succeed the Rev. Philip Boroughs on July 1, who led Holy Cross for nine years. Whitney Soule, senior vice president and dean of admissions and...

Nick Donohue to Step Down as Leader of New England’s Largest Education Foundation

Comings and Goings ... The Nellie Mae Education Foundation announced that Nicholas C. Donohue will step down as the organization’s president and CEO at the end of 2021 after 14 years in charge. He focused the foundation on student-centered approaches to learning and re-emphasized its grantmaking strategy to advance racial equity. In addition to supporting various NEBHE initiatives, the fo...

Science Leaders Head to Biden White House

Comings and Goings ... Eric Lander, president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Maria Zuber, MIT’s vice president for research, were tapped by President-elect Joe Biden for top science roles in his administration. Lander, who co-chaired the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) for President Barack Obama for eight years until ...

Biden Taps R.I. Gov. Raimondo for Commerce, Boston Mayor Walsh for Labor

C0mings and Goings ... President-elect Joe Biden nominated Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo as the next U.S. secretary of commerce and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as the next U.S. secretary of labor. Raimondo, who chaired NEBHE's Commission of Higher Education & Employability, will be succeeded in Rhode Island by Lieutenant Gov. Daniel J. McKee, who earned a NEBHE Excellence Award...

Biden Looks to Connecticut for Next U.S. Ed Chief, Massachusetts House Speaker DeLeo Steps Down, Reportedly Seeking Northeastern University Post

Comings and Goings ... President-elect Joe Biden chose Connecticut Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona to be the next U.S. education secretary, succeeding Betsy DeVos, the champion of private schools who served as secretary since the beginning of the Trump administration. Cardona, in contrast, was raised in a housing project in Meriden, Conn., where he attended the city’s public schools...

Hanno to Step Down at Wheaton

Comings and Goings ... Wheaton College President Dennis M. Hanno announced he will step down in late 2021, or earlier if a successor is named. Stonehill College appointed DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga, the former  provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of social work at Bowie State University in Maryland, to be the new provost and vice president for academic affairs a...

Emerson President Pelton to Lead Boston Foundation

Comings and Goings  ... The Boston Foundation named Emerson College President M. Lee Pelton to be the community foundation's next president and chief executive officer, effective in June 2021. He will succeed Paul Grogan, who led the foundation for nearly 20 years. In June, Pelton was named by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to lead the Boston Racial Equity Fund. Pelton taught English and America...

Conn. Regents Name New Interim Chief, Shanley Moves from Providence to NYC, and Former U.S. Rep. to Lead National For-Profit College Group

Comings and Goings ... The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Board of Regents appointed its provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs, Jane McBride Gates, to serve as the system's interim president, while the board searches for a permanent replacement for outgoing President Mark Ojakian. Rev. Brian J. Shanley, who was president of Providence College from ...

Cooper Named UMass Boston’s First Special Assistant for Black Life

Comings and Goings ... The University of Massachusetts Boston appointed Joseph Cooper to be its first special assistant for Black Life, a senior management position that Marcelo Suárez-Orozco pledged to create when he became the the UMass Boston chancellor in August. UMass Medical School named Brown University Assistant Vice President of Academic Diversity Marlina Duncan...

Berklee College of Music Appoints its First Female President

Comings and Goings ... Berklee College of Music named Erica Muhl, a composer who has led music and arts schools at the University of Southern California, to be its first female president, succeeding Roger Brown, who is stepping down after leading the college for 17 years. The University of Rhode Island named Gaurav Khanna, currently a physics professor at the University of Massachusetts Dart...