Posts Categorized: Comings and Goings

Big Changes at New England’s Biggest University

Comings and Goings ... In a stream of high-profile changes at the largest higher education institution in New England (if you don't count the heavily online Southern New Hampshire University), Boston University (BU) President Robert A. Brown announced he will step down at the end of the academic year after 17 years in charge. The university also reported that Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Glo...

A Royal Goodbye

Comings and Goings ... Holyoke Community College (HCC) President Christina Royal announced she will retire from the college at the end of the 2022-23 academic year, after serving as the first woman, first openly gay and first biracial leader of the 75-year-old institution, the oldest two-year college in Massachusetts. Before joining HCC in 2017, Royal was provost and vice president of academic ...

Esposito Scores on the Rebound at CSCU System

Comings and Goings ... Nicole Esposito returned to her post as CEO of Manchester Community College after successfully suing the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system for gender discrimination. Named to the job in 2020, Esposito clashed with Rob Steinmetz, who served in the system's since-discontinued role of Capital Region East president, according to a report in Inside Higher ...

At University Modeling Innovative Dual Leadership, Key Piece to Step Down

Comings and Goings ... Steve Kaplan, who has led the University of New Haven for nearly 20 years as president, then chancellor and CEO, told the university community that he will retire in June 2023, a year earlier than expected. In February, the university promoted an “innovative presidential transition plan” in which Kaplan moved from president to chancellor, while Sheahon...

Former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift to Hand Over Reins as LearnLaunch Prez; NACUBO and Nellie Mae Ed Foundation Leaders also Plan to Step Down

Comings and Goings ... LearnLaunch Executive Director and President Jane Swift announced she will step away from the day-to-day leadership of the nonprofit educational technology group she has led since 2019 and become its board president and senior advisor. She will be succeeded as executive director by Kate Donaghey, who has served as executive vice president of policy at LearnLaunch and ...

Setti Warren to Lead Harvard IOP as Interim, While Gearan Heads Back to Geneva

Comings and Goings ... Harvard Institute of Politics Director Mark D. Gearan announced he will step down after more than four years to become president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., a post he earlier held from from 1999 to 2017. Setti D. Warren, the institute's executive director, will serve as its interim director, while the Harvard Kennedy School searches for a new lon...

Dartmouth College Names Its First Woman President

Comings and Goings ... Dartmouth College Trustees elected cognitive scientist and Barnard College President Sian Leah Beilock as the Hanover, N.H. Ivy League institution's first woman president. She'll take over next July, succeeding Philip Hanlon. Beilock's research has focused on brain science and performance anxiety in areas such as test-taking. Though Beilock is the first woman to be el...

State University of New York Taps Enrollment Expert from CT State to Lead SUNY-Ulster

Comings and Goings ... The State University of New York (SUNY) appointed Connecticut State Community Colleges Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Alison Buckley as the next president of SUNY Ulster, succeeding Alan Roberts who has led the university since 2015. Thomas College hired Chelsea Moeller as its new vice president for advancement. Moeller recently served...

Alexander Announces Plans to Leave Lasell

Comings and Goings ... Lasell University President Michael B. Alexander announced he will step down at the end of the 2023 academic year after 16 years leading the Newton, Mass. college-turned-university. Alexander is also the CEO of Lasell Village, a model senior living community located on the school’s Newton campus. A NEBHE delegate, he is the founder of the Lower Cost Models for Indep...

Global Replace: First-Gen College Grad Who Led National University and Johns Hopkins Ed School Picked as Chancellor of Adult-Focused UMass Global

Comings and Goings ... University of Massachusetts Global named David Andrews to be the next chancellor of the online adult-focused nonprofit institution formerly known as Brandman University, which affiliated with the public UMass system in September 2021. He was president of National University from 2016 to 2021 and before that led the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, wher...