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URI Finds Next President Down Under, Plus More Big Appointments

Comings and Goings ... The University of Rhode Island (URI) Board of Trustees chose Marc B. Parlange, currently provost and senior vice president of Monash University in Australia, as the Rhode Island flagship’s 12th president. He'll succeed David M. Dooley, who joined URI in July 2009 and oversaw the university's transformation into a leading research institution. Born in Provide...

Gordon College President Tapped to Lead a Christian College in Indiana

Comings and Goings ... D. Michael Lindsay, who since 2011 has been president of Gordon College, the Wenham, Mass. Christian college, was named president of Taylor University, a Christian institution in Indiana. He'll succeed Taylor Board Chair Paige Comstock Cunningham, who has served as interim president of the university since August 2019. Western New England University appointed curre...

Conn. Regents Name Five New Campus CEOs; Framingham State’s Cevallos to Join Central Mass. Presidential Churn

Comings and Goings ... The Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education (BOR) selected five campus chief executive officers responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations. The BOR announcement noted the major reorganization of Connecticut's community college system and plans to merge the 12, independent community colleges into a single accredited institution, known as Connecticut State C...

Biden Administration Unveils Plans, Funds to Help Schools Reopen

DC Shuttle ... Administration Holds National Safe School Reopening Summit. The Biden administration and the U.S. Education Department held a National Safe School Reopening Summit, with remarks from President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, First Lady Jill Biden, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Rochelle Welensky. A...

Bentley University Names Its First Black President

Comings and Goings ... E. LaBrent Chrite, president of Bethune-Cookman University and former dean of the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business, was named president of Bentley University, the first Black president in the university's 104-year history. He succeeds Alison Davis-Blake who left after two years in charge of the noted business college. Bryant University appointed V...

This Session, New England Legislators Made the Sausage in the Shadow of COVID

New England’s state lawmakers in 2020 sessions focused almost exclusively to COVID-19-related legislation and state budget concerns. In 2021, COVID-19-related legislation continues to be a major focus, but other issues are also taking center stage. These include: Expanding Work-Based Learning Opportunities HB.6227 (Connecticut): Would establish a task force to identify high-growth, high-...

Mitigating COVID-19-Induced Learning Loss Along the P-16 Education Continuum

5 takeaways from NEBHE's Legislative Advisory Committee meeting ... At its peak, the COVID-19 pandemic forced 55 million American children temporarily out of school. While many education systems have attempted varying degrees of remote learning, many researchers accept that the closures will produce substantial losses in learning, according to recent research by the World Bank Group and by Me...

CDC Reduces School Physical Distancing Guidance to Three Feet

DC Shuttle ... Hearings/Markups of Interest. The House Education and Labor’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a hearing Charting the Path to Educational Equity Post-COVID-19 on Thursday, March 25 at 1 p.m. via Zoom. CDC Releases Updated School Safety Guidelines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidelines for phys...

NEBHE Reports on Results of Pandemic-Shaped Elections

The New England states set new records for voter turnout in the 2020 presidential election. A significant percentage of absentee, mail-in ballots were cast in each state, ranging from 20% to 50% of the total vote. City and town clerks attributed the rising share of absentee, mail-in ballots to COVID. In the race for president, Democrat Joe Biden won all six New England states. Members of the re...

House Panel Will Explore Higher Ed’s Post-COVID Future

DC Shuttle ... Hearings/Markups of Interest. The House Education and Labor's Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment, will hold a hearing on The Future of Higher Education Post COVID-19 on Wednesday, March 17 at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Congress Passes, President Signs American Rescue Plan. President Joe Biden signed the law the American Rescue Plan Act, a $1.86 trillion COVID-19 a...