Among Comings and Goings, Pennington Leaving Gates Foundation; New Ed Commish in Conn.

Hilary Pennington, who has led the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success efforts for the past five years,  emailed her colleagues that she was leaving the foundation. Before joining Gates, she was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and CEO of Jobs for the Future, which she co-founded. Inside Higher Ed reports that Tom Dawson, a senior policy officer left Gates over the summer and is working at Laureate Higher Education Group, a network of for-profit colleges. Pennington’s deputy since early 2010, Mark David Milliron, who formerly led the League for Innovation in the Community College, is also leaving Gates.


Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy was expected to appoint Stefan Pryor, now the deputy mayor of Newark, N.J., to be Connecticut’s next commissioner of education, according to Pryor is co-founder of a Connecticut charter school and later led redevelopment efforts in Manhattan after 9/11. He will succeed Mark McQuillan, who resigned in December, and Acting Commissioner George Coleman who has held the interim post since then.


Champlain College named former Seventh Generation CEO Chuck Maniscalco to be the Burlington, Vt. college’s vice president of strategic initiatives, where he is leading Continuing Professional Studies Division.


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