Posts Categorized: Comings and Goings

Seven Sisters Act

Comings and Goings ... Mount Holyoke College President Sonya Stephens announced she will step down in August to become president of the American University of Paris. Stephens has worked at the South Hadley, Mass.-based Seven Sisters and Five Colleges institution since 2013 and became president in 2018, succeeding Lynn Pasquerella. Just a few days earlier, another Seven Sisters leader, Smit...

In Massachusetts, an Early Ed Exit

Comings and Goings ... Massachusetts Early Education and Care Commissioner Samantha Aigner-Treworgy resigned from the post where she led the process of opening emergency childcare during the early days of the pandemic and helping launch a statewide childcare Covid testing initiative in the Bay State. WGBH Educational Foundation President and CEO Jonathan Abbott announced he will step down af...

Innovative Presidential Arrangements

Comings and Goings ... The University of New Haven Board of Governors promoted an "innovative presidential transition plan" in which Steven H. Kaplan, who has been president of the university for the past 18 years, will become its first chancellor and CEO in July, while Sheahon Zenger, its director of athletics and recreation, will become interim president, overseeing day-to-day operations....

Boston Fed Marks Firsts with New CEO … MIT and Tufts Presidents Announce Plans to Leave Posts

Comings and Goings ... The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston named University of Michigan Provost Susan M. Collins to be the bank's next president and CEO. An international macroeconomist, Collins will be the first Black woman to lead a regional bank in the 108-year history of the Fed system. In addition to being the University of Michigan's provost and executive vice president for academic af...

Changing School Leaders

Comings and Goings ... Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont named New Haven Housing Authority President Karen DuBois-Walton to chair the Connecticut State Board of Education. DuBois-Walton, the former chief of staff for John DeStefano Jr., New Haven's longest-serving mayor, will succeed Allan Taylor. Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius announced she will step down at the end of t...

Laurie Leshin to Blast Off From Worcester to California

Comings and Goings ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute President Laurie Leshin was named director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the California lab affiliated with NASA. A geochemist and space scientist, Leshin was the first woman to lead WPI and will be the first woman to lead the Jet Propulsion Laboratory run by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Leshin will leave the Worc...

Former Wheelock Leader Will Be Interim Prez at Roxbury CC, Hanlon to Step Down at Dartmouth, Deval Patrick Will Teach at Kennedy School

Comings and Goings ... Former Wheelock College President Jackie Jenkins-Scott was named interim president of Roxbury Community College. Leading Wheelock, she added new cross-disciplinary and online programs, increased undergraduate enrollment by over 50% and grew representation of ethnically and differently-abled students by 40%. She is also president and founder of JJS Advising, which prov...

Mass Higher Ed Commish, UConn Prez Announce Departures

Comings and Goings ... Carlos Santiago, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, announced he will step down in June. Born in Puerto Rico, Santiago became the Bay State's first Latino higher ed commissioner in 2015 after serving as deputy under former Commissioner Richard Freeland and chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2004 to 2010. A labor eco...

RI College’s Sánchez, Dean College’s Rooney Announce Final Years of Presidencies

Comings and Goings ... Rhode Island College (RIC) President Frank D. Sánchez announced he will step down after his contract expires on June 30. Appointed to lead the four-year college in 2016, Sánchez said he was most proud of reducing out-of-pocket expenses with such moves as putting more textbooks online and reducing the price of public transit passes used by many students at the college...

Framingham State U Taps Provost of a Maryland HBCU as Next Prez

Comings and Goings ... Framingham State University Trustees tapped University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Nancy Niemi to be the Massachusetts institution's eighth president, succeeding F. Javier Cevallos, who announced he's retiring after this academic year. UMES is an HBCU (historically Black college and university) in Princess Anne, Md....