Among Comings and Goings: NE HERC Names New Director; Assistant to ASU’s Crow to Head Bennington

Ruth Molina became director of  the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NE HERC) after eight years managing faculty and staff recruitment at Bridgewater State University. She has led the NE HERC advertising committee and served on its diversity and steering committees. Molina succeeds Jennifer Ivers, who is assistant dean for faculty development at Harvard University and will stay on as NE HERC’s representative to the national HERC board. Since summer 2011, NEBHE and NE HERC have collaborated to post jobs on’s Joblink page.


Mariko Silver, a senior advisor to high-profile Arizona State University President Michael Crow, was appointed president of Bennington College succeeding Elizabeth Coleman, who led Bennington for 25 years. Silver previously served as acting assistant secretary for international affairs and deputy assistant secretary for international policy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Coleman wrote articles for NEJHE (the called Connection) on the arts and the college presidency.


The Springfield College Board of Trustees approved Mary-Beth Cooper as the 13th president of the college, starting by Sept. 1. Cooper currently is senior vice president for student affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, NY. She was previously dean of students at the University of Rochester and vice president for student affairs at St. John Fisher College in Rochester.


University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page extended University of Southern Maine President Theo Kalikow’s appointment for an additional year.  Her original, two-year appointment was scheduled to end on June 30, 2014. Kalikow wrote a NEJHE (Connection) review of a book on the future of the public university,


The State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) selected Oregon University System Chancellor George Pernsteine to be the national organization’s president, effective Sept. 1.


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