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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...

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...

The Impact of COVID-19 on State Revenues in New England

New England's state budgets are reeling from coronavirus-related shutdowns and fears. Here's an early look ... Connecticut. Gov. Ned Lamont and state lawmakers are facing a $904 million deficit for FY20 and a $2.1 billion deficit for FY21. The general fund shortfall, according to the nonpartisan Office of Fiscal Analysis, will swell to $3.2 billion in 2022. Connecticut’s Rainy Day Fund curren...

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...

NEBHE Regional Student Program Enrollment Grew by 14% in 2019-20, Saved Families $64 Million on Tuition

The New England Board of Higher Education's Tuition Break, the Regional Student Program (RSP), saw significant growth in enrollment—and in the number of program offerings—during the 2019-20 academic year. Total enrollment in the RSP in 2019-20 was 9,257, up 14% over 2018-19. Of the 81 participating public colleges and universities, 46% reported enrollment increases. About 64% of students we...

Vermont Chancellor Jeb Spaulding to Step Down Amid Backlash on Closure Plans

Comings and Goings ... Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Jeb Spaulding announced he'd submit his resignation from the post on Wednesday after a backlash over his recommendation to close three state college campuses. A NEBHE delegate at various points in his career, Spaulding has served as state treasurer, secretary of administration for Gov. Peter Shumlin and the chair of the state Senate A...