Posts Categorized: People

Prez Changes and Female Firsts

Comings and Goings ... Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) appointed management consultant and college trustee Leslie Ward to be its interim president, succeeding Thomas Greene, the novelist who founded VCFA in 2006 by combining the old Vermont College campus with three MFA programs from Union Institute and University. The Connecticut Board of Education appointed Desi Nesmith, currently ...

Former SVC Prez Takes Over at Bulgarian University Developed in ’90s by UMaine System’s Woodbury

Comings and Goings ... David Evans, the last president of the now-defunct Southern Vermont College, was named interim president of the American University in Bulgaria, succeeding Steven Sullivan, who will return to teaching full time. The Eastern European campus was developed in the early 1990s, partly by the University of Maine System under the late Chancellor and NEBHE Chair Robert Woodbury. ...

New Prez at Saint A’s; NH Institute of Art, Champlain Leaders to Step Down

Comings and Goings ... Saint Anselm College named Joseph Favazza, a former Stonehill College administrator, to succeed outgoing president Steven DiSalvo, who departed Saint Anselm to become president of Endicott College in Beverly, Mass. New Hampshire Institute of Art President Kent Devereaux announced he is leaving the Manchester college he has led since 2014 to become the 12th presid...

Big New Education Posts for Two Former New England Guvs

Comings and Goings ... The University of Maine System Board of Trustees appointed former Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to be the next chancellor of the University of Maine System, succeeding James Page, who will retire on June 30. The Chronicle of Higher Education characterized Malloy's new challenge this way. After declining to seek reelection as governor in 2018, Malloy served as a vi...

National SARA Chief, Connecticut and NH Community College Leaders Named

Comings and Goings ... The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) selected Lori Williams, a 25-year veteran of online higher education, as its president and CEO, succeeding the group's founding president, Marshall Hill, who will retire in August. Williams most recently served as vice president of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), a...

Smith to Retire as Head of National Admissions Group

Comings and Goings ... The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) announced that CEO Joyce E. Smith will retire in summer 2020, after 30 years of service to the association and 44 years in the college admission profession. The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) announced that Tim Storey will become the Denver-based national group’s new executive dir...

New England’s Largest School District Chooses New Super from Minnesota

Comings and Goings ... The Boston School Committee chose former Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius to be the next superintendent of Boston Public Schools, New England's largest school district. She succeeds Tommy Chang who resigned last June and Interim Superintendent Laura Perille, who was criticized for having no experience working in public schools. Bryant University P...

Remembering Bob Miller

The NEBHE community was saddened by the passing last week of Bob Miller, who served as a delegate from 1972 to 1994 and 2005 to 2019 and chaired the board from 1981 to 1983. He was the founding president of Quinebaug Valley Community College and served as an interim president at Connecticut community colleges on five different occasions. NEBHE President Michael K. Thomas hailed Bob in a memo t...

Hi-Yo Silver …

Comings and Goings ... Bennington College President Mariko Silver announced she will step down in July after leading Bennington since 2013 to become president and CEO of the Henry Luce Foundation. Provost and Dean of the College Isabel Roche will serve as interim president while a committee conducts a national search for Silver’s replacement. University of Maine System Chancellor James H...

Dann-Messier Departing as RI Commish; Connecticut’s Wentzell Goes to Saint Joseph

Comings and Goings ... Rhode Island Postsecondary Education Commissioner Brenda Dann-Messier announced her retirement, effective May 17. Dann-Messier became acting commissioner following the March 2017 departure of Jim Purcell and was approved as commissioner in August 2017. Dann-Messier also served as U.S. assistant secretary of education in the Office of Career, Technical Education and Ad...