Posts Categorized: People

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 ...

More Capitol Steps for New Englanders?

Last week, Inside Higher Ed reported that "President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is drawing significantly [from] the nation’s colleges and universities to prepare to take the reins of government on Jan. 20." A bit of déjà vu ... In Spring 2009, when Barack Obama was stocking his first administration, NEJHE ran an item headlined "New England Goes to D.C.," noting: "As they form t...

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...

Egan Named Co-Chair of Higher Ed Committee at New England Council

Comings and Goings ... Dan Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (AICURI), was named the new co-chair, of the New England Council's Higher Education Committee, succeeding Tim Leshan, who stepped down from the committee role when he was recently promoted in his work at Northeastern University to vice provost for research, government aff...

RIP Joseph M. Cronin (1935-2020)

New England higher education lost another giant last week when Joseph M. Cronin died at age 85. The former president of Bentley College (now University) and first Massachusetts secretary of education, Joe Cronin was a longtime friend of NEBHE and a frequent contributor to NEJHE. Many of his articles for the journal focused on equity. His book reviews read like smart histories of higher educa...

New York Public Radio Leader Steps in as Bennington Prez; Head of Region’s Oldest Catholic College Announces He’ll Step Down

Comings and Goings ... Media executive Laura R. Walker, recognized for transforming New York Public Radio (NYPR) into a media powerhouse, began as president of Bennington College. She succeeds Mariko Silver, who stepped down in July 2019, and Isabel Roche, who served for the past year as interim president. The Rev. Philip L. Boroughs announced he will step down at the end of the academ...

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...