Posts Categorized: Newslink

A Connecticut-Educated Tribal Chief Will Be Signing Your Dollars

Comings and Goings ... President Joe Biden appointed Lynn Malerba, chief of the Mohegan Tribe, as treasurer of the United States, the first Native American to hold the position. Malerba earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Connecticut’s University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in 1983 (then called Saint Joseph College), received USJ’s Distinguished Alumni Nightingale Health Science Aw...

Teaching Civics from Early Childhood to Higher Ed

DC Shuttle ... King Cosponsors the Civics Democracy Act. U.S.  Sen. Angus King (I-ME) announced that he is cosponsoring the Civics Democracy Act which was introduced by Sens Chris Coons (D-DE) and John Cornyn (R-TX) earlier this year. This bill would authorize federal grants for educators, nonprofits and others to “improve [and] strengthen civics education from early childhood to higher educ...

Bacow to Leave Harvard Next Summer

Comings and Goings ... Harvard University President Lawrence Bacow announced he plans to step down next June 30, 2023, after five years at the helm of America's oldest higher education institution. An economist, lawyer and environmental public policy expert, he helped lead Harvard through the Covid-19 pandemic and launched a panel to examine the university's ties to slavery. As president of...

U.S. Cancels Remaining Student Loans for 560,000 Borrowers who Attended Corinthian

DC Shuttle ... Ed Dept Cancels Remaining Loans for Over Half Million Borrowers who Attended Corinthian. The U.S. Department of Education “announced it will discharge all remaining federal student loans borrowed to attend any campus owned or operated by Corinthian Colleges Inc. ... from its founding in 1995 through its closure in April 2015,” impacting 560,000 borrowers. This $5.8 billion lo...

Presidential Stirrings, Plus

Comings and Goings ... Dean College named Boston University Associate Provost and Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore to be its 14th president, succeeding Paula Rooney, who announced her retirement in October after leading the Franklin, Mass. college for 27 years. Echoing an increasingly popular dual leadership strategy, Dean named former Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus to be its first-e...

University of New England Taps Rutgers Health Dean as Provost

Comings and Goings ... The University of New England appointed Rutgers University School of Health Professions dean Gwendolyn Mahon to be provost and senior vice president for academic affairs of the Biddeford, Maine university, effective Oct. 24. Mahon previously was associate dean for administration at the the Rutgers Health Professions school, assistant dean for research at Rutge...

Szakas Will Continue as Interim Leader of UMaine at Augusta as Initial Choice for Prez Withdraws

Comings and Goings ... Michael R. Laliberte withdrew as the choice for the next president of the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) after the revelation that he had received a vote of no confidence from his former university, the State University of New York at Delhi, which led to a flurry of votes of no confidence in the University of Maine System. The system initially announced Lalibert...

New Guard at University of Southern Maine, Two Maine Community Colleges

Comings and Goings ... The University of Maine System selected Jacqueline Edmonson, the currrent chancellor and chief academic officer at Penn State Greater Allegheny, a mostly commuter college near Pittsburgh, as the 18th president of the University of Southern Maine, also a mostly commuter college. She'll succeed Glenn Cummings, who served as president for seven years and announced his re...

Research Leader Julie Chen Will Be First Asian American Chancellor at UMass Lowell

Comings and Goings ... The UMass System Board of Trustees named Julie Chen as the next chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She will succeed Jacquie Moloney, who last year announced her plan to step down this June. Chen will be the first Asian American to lead the 18,000-student university. She has been on the UMass Lowell faculty since 1997, including serving as vice pro...

Senator Warns that Student Debt Prevents Many from Buying a Home, Starting a Business, Starting a Family

DC Shuttle ... Senate Banking Committee Holds Hearing on Student Debt. The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held a hearing titled “Examining Student Loan Servicers and Their Impact on Workers.” Earlier in the week, Committee Chair Sherrod Brown (D-OH) convened a listening session to hear from borrowers across the country about their experiences with student loan ...