Posts Categorized: President

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...

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...

Trinity College’s Angel Pérez Tapped to Lead National Admissions Group, Plus More Turnover in Vermont

Comings and Goings ... Angel B. Pérez, vice president for enrollment and student success at Trinity College and NEBHE delegate, was named the next CEO of NACAC, effective July 15. He succeeds Joyce E. Smith, who is retiring after more than 30 years as the association’s deputy executive director, executive director and CEO. Pérez authored NEJHE articles on Reexamining Our Approach to C...

Change at the Top of Renowned Enrollment Management Firm

Maguire Associates announced the appointment of John J. Bonanno as CEO, succeeding Linda Cox Maguire in a long-planned leadership transition at the world-renowned enrollment management firm based in Concord, Mass. Bonanno is the former president of ESM Digital, a digital marketing firm serving higher education. He held several leadership positions at Boston University, including president o...

Gilda Barabino, a former NEBHE Mentor, Named Second Prez of Olin College

Comings and Goings ... Gilda Barabino, dean of the Grove School of Engineering and the Daniel and Frances Berg Professor at ghe City College of New York, was named president of Olin College of Engineering, effective July 1. While a faculty member at Northeastern University, Barabino served on NEBHE's Advisory Committee on Equity and Diversity from 2000 to 2007 and as a faculty role model/m...

Economist, Community College Chancellor Gittell to Lead Bryant University

Comings and Goings ... The Bryant University Board of Trustees announced that after an extensive national search it has appointed distinguished economist and economic development expert Ross Gittell, who is currently chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire, as the university’s next president. Gittell will succeed Ronald K. Machtley, a former member of Congress, who has...

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 ...

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...