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Salman Rushdie to Open ECSU Arts and Lecture Series

Award-winning author Salman Rushdie will open Eastern Connecticut State University’s 11th Annual Arts and Lecture Series on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m., in the university's student center. Rushdie is the author of 10 fictional novels inspired by his homeland of India, including The Satanic Verses, which led the spiritual leader of Iran to issue a fatwa calling for Rushdie's execution.Other sp...

New Chiefs of NH Community Colleges, Connecticut Regents, COA, Maine Think Tank

J. Bonnie Newman, the former interim president of the University of New Hampshire, was named interim chancellor of the New Hampshire Community College System, succeeding Richard Gustafson, who is retiring as chancellor of the seven-campus system. Newman was executive dean of Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, an assistant to President George H.W. Bush, president of the Business and...

Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan, O.J. Lawyer Scheck, Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon Among Speakers in Fairfield U 2011-12 Series

Connecticut's Fairfield University announced the roster for its  2011-12 Open VISIONS Forum at the university’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.The complete season line-up is as follows:Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at 8 p.m.Chuck Todd: “State of the Nation: Polling the Mood”Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at 8 p.m.Lara Logan: “Apartheid to Afghanistan, Reporting from the Front Li...

Among Comings and Goings, UVM and Carsey Institute Name Interim Chiefs; Former Unity Prez Seeks Sustainability Leaders at Second Nature

University of Vermont trustees named former Provost A. John Bramley to serve as interim president, beginning Aug. 1. He will succeed Daniel Fogel, who is resigning the presidency after nine years in charge and will join the UVM faculty. Bramley, himself a longstanding member of the UVM faculty, served as acting president in 2006 when Fogel suffered from acute pancreatitis. From 2007 to 2011, Braml...

Among Latest Comings & Goings, Meotti Named Interim Chief of New Conn. Regents

Connecticut Higher Education Commissioner Michael P. Meotti, a NEBHE delegate, was named interim president of the the state's new Board of Regents of Higher Education. Under the state's recent education reorganization, the Regents will serve as the board for the community colleges, state universities and Charter Oak State College, as of Jan. 1. 2012. ****Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Tim Don...

Two New Presidents Among Latest Comings and Goings in NE Higher Ed

Landmark College hired Endicott College dean of arts and sciences Peter Eden to be the new president of the Putney, Vt. two-year college for students with learning disabilities, effective July 1.**** The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved John O’Donnell as the next president of Massachusetts Bay Community College. O'Donnell, current president of Stark State College in Ohio, wil...

Mass. Forum to Ask What Is Meant by “College and Career Readiness”

The Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy and the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education will hold a forum on "Defining and Assessing College and Career Readiness" on Tuesday June 14, at 8:30 a.m. at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston. "While the goal of the previous Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks was to ensure students’ proficiency in specific disciplines...

Maine Chancellor Pattenaude Won’t Seek Contract Extension, Duncan to Leave Carsey Institute

University of Maine System Chancellor Richard L. Pattenaude planned to tell system trustees that he will not seek an extension of his current contract, which expires next year at the end of June. Pattenaude has served as chancellor since 2007 and, before that, was president of the University of Southern Maine for 16 years. In May, he shared views on the challenges of restructuring the UMaine Syste...

Among Comings & Goings, Moore to Leave Lyndon State, Staples to Head NEASC

Lyndon State College President Carol A. Moore announced her retirement from the college, effective July 1, after 13 yeas in charge of the Lyndonville, Vt. college. A NEBHE delegate since 2002, Moore recently wrote for NEJHE about college retention.**** Former Connecticut state Rep. Cameron Staples, who was House chair of the Education Committee and a longtime NEBHE delegate, was chosen as the nex...

Big Oil CEO and Carbon Opponent to Each Address WPI Grads After Speaker Dustup; Gov. Malloy to Deliver Keynotes in Connecticut

Worcester Polytechnic Institute's invitation to ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to deliver this year’s commencement address on May 14, sparked protests from WPI’s Students for a Just and Stable Future. The students noted that the world’s largest oil company and a major funder of climate deniers has given more than $1.3 million to the school. After WPI President Dennis Berkey's threa...