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Comings and Goings Down East: Maine Compact for Higher Ed Merges with Coalition on K-12; Bowdoin Taps College Board’s Bartini as Aid Director

The Maine Compact for Higher Education merged with the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education to form "Educate Maine," a new organization whose mission is to champion college and career readiness and increased education attainment for Maine people. Educate Maine's executive director will be Tanna Clews, former director of the Coalition. Mike Dubyak, president of Wright Express, will chair Edu...

Comings and Goings: Pedone to Head Mass. Council of Presidents; New Presidents at Suffolk, SCSU

Massachusetts state Rep. Vincent Pedone announced he'd leave the Legislature to become executive director of the Council of Presidents of the Massachusetts State University System. Pedone represented Worcester for nearly 20 years. He will succeed Frederick Clark, who left the council in November to become executive vice president of Bridgewater State University.****James McCarthy, provost and seni...

Ms. Gross Goes to Washington

Southern Vermont College President Karen Gross was named a senior policy advisor to the U.S. Department of Education for one year, starting Jan. 17.SVC trustees granted Gross a one-year leave of absence from the college, during which time chief operating officer James Beckwith will be acting president.A NEBHE delegate since 2010, Gross has authored several articles for NEJHE, including: Helicopter...

Which Prof Has the Most Impact on Debates Over Schools? There’s a Ranking for That

The academic who contributed the most to public debates about schooling in 2011 was Stanford University education prof Linda Darling-Hammond, according to the RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings.The rankings were compiled by Frederick M. Hess, director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and published in Education Week, where Hess writes a blog.Darling-Hammond i...

NE Colleges Announce Spring Commencement Speakers Even Before Winter Arrives (smtms in 140 chars max)

It's not even officially winter, and New England colleges are starting to announce their spring commencement speakers.Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell will deliver Northeastern University’s 110th commencement address on May 4, 2012. Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun made the announcement via Twitter!Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN’s  international affairs program “...

Ross Gittell Named NH Community College Chancellor

Trustees of the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) appointed University of New Hampshire economist Ross Gittell to be the system's new chancellor.Gittell will assume the post in February, succeeding J. Bonnie Newman, who has served as interim chancellor since August, while the national search for a permanent chancellor was underway.A distinguished professor at the University of New ...

Among Comings & Goings: Bates Taps Harvard Exec for Prez

Bates College trustees elected A. Clayton Spencer to be the eighth president in the school's 156-year history. Currently vice president for policy at Harvard, Spencer assumes the Bates post on July 1, 2012. She succeeds Nancy Cable, who has been interim president since July 1, 2011, when Elaine Hansen stepped down after nine years to lead the Center for Talented Youth at The Johns Hopkins Universi...

Among Comings & Goings: Delta Cost Project Will Dissolve, but its Work on Higher Ed Spending Will Go On

After five years bringing attention to how colleges spend money, the Delta Cost Project will dissolve in 2012. On Jan. 1, the database portion of its work will become part of the U.S. Department of Education's IPEDS data-collection and communication work. The project's analysis and communication about revenue and spending trends will shift to the American Institutes for Research (AIR), where it wi...

Celebrating 10th Year, NEBHE Announces 2012 Excellence Awards; Mass. Gov. Patrick and former RI Gov. Carcieri Among Recipients

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) named recipients of its 10th annual New England Higher Education Excellence Awards. Each year, NEBHE presents Regional Excellence Awards to individuals and organizations that have shown exceptional leadership on behalf of higher education and the advancement of educational opportunity, and State Merit Awards to honor the innovative work of organ...

Among Comings and Goings, Pennington Leaving Gates Foundation; New Ed Commish in Conn.

Hilary Pennington, who has led the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success efforts for the past five years,  emailed her colleagues that she was leaving the foundation. Before joining Gates, she was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and CEO of Jobs for the Future, which she co-founded. Inside Higher Ed reports that Tom Dawson, a senior policy offi...