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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...

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...

New Leaders Named at Connecticut Community Colleges, Interim Tapped at Westfield State, URI’s Dooley To Retire Next Year

Comings and Goings ... CEOs were named to five Connecticut community colleges and retired Norwalk Community College President David Levinson was named acting president over all 12 of them in a single system under the proposed name: Connecticut State Community College. William “Terry” Brown, currently a special assistant to the president at Nashville State Community College in Tennessee,...

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...

Maine Chief Justice Steps Down to Become UMaine Law Dean; New Prez Named at Champlain

Comings and Goings ... The University of Maine System named Maine Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley the new dean of the University of Maine School of Law. Saufley resigned from the Supreme Judicial Court on April 14 to begin her responsibilities as dean April 15. The Champlain College Board of Trustees named Benjamin Ola. Akande, who is former president of Missouri...