Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) appointed Anthony Benoit to serve as the 12th president in the institution’s 106-year history. Benoit was tapped as interim president of the Boston institution upon the death of President George Chryssis in May 2013. Before joining BFIT, Benoit was director for the technology department and professor of environmental technology at Three Rivers Community College in Connecticut.
Champlain College named Donald J. Laackman, president of Harold Washington College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, to be the Vermont institution’s eighth president succeeding David F. Finney, who is retiring after nine years on June 30.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage selected Jim Rier as his nominee for commissioner of the Department of Education. Rier, who has worked in the department for 10 years, was appointed acting commissioner last October, when former Commissioner Stephen Bowen to take a job with the national Council of Chief State School Officers.