Comings and Goings …
New Hampshire divided its Department of Resources and Economic Development into two new agencies. Gov. Chris Sununu nominated Taylor Caswell, who is currently executive director of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority, to serve as commissioner of the new Department of Business and Economic Affairs, while Jeff Rose, the current commissioner of that agency, will lead the new Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Massasoit Community College named its CFO William Mitchell to be the community college’s interim president, succeeding retiring President Charles Wall.
Rhode Island College (RIC) appointed former University of Minnesota Duluth dean and biology professor Joshua Hamilton to be provost at RIC, and Jason Meriwether, former vice chancellor at Indiana University Southeast, to be vice president for student success.
The University of Rhode Island named University of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Arts and Sciences dean Jennette Riley to be dean of the URI College of Arts and Sciences, succeeding Winifred “Winnie” Brownell.
Roger Williams University named Gabriela Domenzain, a noted national spokesperson on immigration policy and Latino issues, to be the new director of the university’s Latino Policy Institute.
Brown University named Susan Moffitt to be director of the Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, succeeding James Morone who oversaw the center’s integration with the Watson institute.
Massachusetts state Rep. Brian Dempsey (D-Haverhill), chair of the House Ways and Means Committee since 2011, left the Legislature to become senior vice president and chief operating officer at ML Strategies, a subsidiary of the law firm Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo. Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez (D-Jamaica Plain) was named the new chair.
Former Massachusetts state Treasurer Tim Cahill became president and executive director of the Quincy (Mass.) Chamber of Commerce. Cahill wrote an article for the fall 2007 edition of NEJHE examining ways colleges can help protect naïve students from the hidden fees and tricky lending practices of credit card companies.
Mary Alice McKenzie announced she’d step down in August after 10 years leading the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Vt., to be succeeded by Tanya Benosky, a former accountant who ran her own consulting business before joining the Boys & Girls Club nine years ago. McKenzie co-authored a piece in NEJHE about the club’s education initiatives that begin at the kindergarten level and continue into postsecondary education. She accepted a 2008 NEBHE Excellence Award on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of of Burlington.
The American Council on Education named Ted Mitchell, a former official in the Obama administration’s Department of Education, to be its president, succeeding Molly Broad who will retire in October after nine years, leading the DC lobbying group. NEJHE featured a Q&A with Broad on attainment.