After Turmoil, UMass Boston Names Interim Chancellor; NH’s River Valley CC and Innovative New Grad School of Ed Tap Leaders


Comings and Goings …

Katherine Newman, an expert on income inequality who has held posts at Columbia, Harvard, Princeton and Johns Hopkins universities, will become UMass Boston’s  second interim chancellor in two years on July 1, replacing Barry Mills. Three finalists for permanent chancellor withdrew after faculty publicly criticized them as unqualified.

The Community College System for New Hampshire appointed Quinebaug Valley Community College Dean of Academic Affairs and Student Service Alfred Williams, IV to be the next president of River Valley Community College,  which offers programs in Claremont, Keene, Lebanon and online.

Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning trustees named Rocky Hill School’s Head of School James Tracy to be the first president of the new graduate school of education. Tracy co-chairs the MassRobotics Work of the Future Committee and advises Boston-based edtech accelerator LearnLaunch.

Former Vermont Environmental Conservation Commissioner David Mears announced he’ll leave his post as director of the Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Center.

Rhode Island School of Design appointed Columbia College Chicago dean and professor Matthew Shenoda as the college’s first-ever vice president of Social Equity and Inclusion.

Keene State College named Nancy Fey-Yensan, current dean of the College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, to be the New Hampshire public college’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Giuseppe “Seppy” Basili was named executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which provides scholarships to low-income students, succeeding Harold O. Levy, who stepped down after he was diagnosed with ALS.

The Online Learning Consortium appointed University of Missouri-Kansas City Vice Provost for Academic Innovation Devon Cancilla to be the consortium’s new chief knowledge officer and promoted Jennifer Mathes to chief strategy officer.

Former Bates College President Donald W. Harward announced he will step down as director of the national Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) initiative he founded, to be succeeded by David M. Scobey, a scholar from the New School, University of Michigan and Bates.


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