Harvard Names Its First Black President, Outgoing Mass. Gov. Baker to Head NCAA

Comings and Goings ... Harvard University elected its current Faculty of Arts and Sciences dean Claudine Gay to be the 30th president of the university. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, Gay will be the first Black person and second woman to hold the post in the university's 386-year history. She has been a professor of government and of African-American studies at Harvard since 2006. She...

Newman Centered in California

Comings and Goings ... The University of California Board of Regents approved Katherine S. Newman, currently the system chancellor for academic programs and the senior vice president for economic development at the University of Massachusetts, to be provost and executive vice president for academic affairs in the California system. An expert on income inequality who recently served as...

Former U.S. Ed Secy to Lead SUNY System

Comings and Goings ... Former U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. was named the next chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest comprehensive public higher education system in the U.S. King will begin heading the 370,000-student system in January, succeeding Jim Malatras, who resigned last year, and Deborah Stanley, the former president of SUNY Oswego, who serv...

A Supreme Hearing for Loan Forgiveness

DC Shuttle ... U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Student Debt Forgiveness Case in February. The Biden administration's plan to forgive up to $20,000 in debt for millions of federal student loan borrowers has sparked legal battles across the country. This week, the Supreme Court agreed “to decide whether the Biden administration had overstepped its authority with its plan to wipe out billions of doll...

Tufts University Names New President

Comings and Goings ... Tufts University named Johns Hopkins University Provost Sunil Kumar to be the Massachusetts institution's next president, succeeding Anthony Monaco in July 2023. Born in India, Kumar will be the first Asian American and first person of color to serve as Tufts president. He has previously served as dean at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a facu...

UConn Student Affairs Leader Heads to Georgetown, Plus Change at Region’s Largest Daily and in Mass. Biotech Sector

Comings and Goings ... University of Connecticut Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Eleanor “Elly” JB Daugherty announced she is leaving UConn in January to become vice president for student affairs at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Her duties in Connecticut will be split between current UConn employees, Pamela Schipani who will become interim a...

NEBHE Presents Inaugural New England Transfer Guarantee Enrollment Report

NEBHE’s Transfer Initiatives team is excited to present the inaugural New England Transfer Guarantee Enrollment Report. The groundbreaking initiative is fully operationalized in the southern New England states of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island as of 2021. The program enables eligible community college graduates to transfer into participating four-year institutions—admission guaran...

WPI Selects Materials Scientist as New Prez

Comings and Goings ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) selected materials scientist “Grace” Jinliu Wang as its 17th president, effective April 3, 2023. She succeeds Laurie Leshin, who served as WPI president for eight years before joining NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as director in May. WPI Provost Winston “Wole” Soboyejo has served as interim preside...

Checking in on Cybersecurity and Higher Ed …

As NEJHE noted last month, the topic of cybersecurity and higher education is not going away any time soon. On Oct. 27, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) and a consortium of Western Massachusetts colleges and universities received a $1.46 million state grant to establish a Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Springfield’s Union Station. STCC will open its facilities in 2024....

Data Connection: Diversity, Spelling, Book Bans, Legacy Admissions … and Other Indicators

Ranks of New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine as the least diverse states in America based on measures of socioeconomic, cultural, economic, household, religious and political diversity: 47th, 48th, 49th WalletHub Ranks of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire among the most expensive U.S. states to retire in: 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 10th, 14th Bankrate Increase ...