Geochemist and former NASA official Laurie Leshin was named the first woman president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, effective July 1. She succeeds Dennis D. Berkey, who had been president for nine years until retiring in May.
The national public policy group Demos promoted its vice president of policy and outreach, Heather McGhee, to be its next president, effective March 10. She will succeed Miles Rapoport, who will leave Demos to become president and CEO of Common Cause.
The Regis College Board of Trustees elected Massachusetts chief information officer Joan C. Shea to be its next chair.
Brandeis University Senior Vice President and General Counsel Judith Sizer announced her departure after more than two decades at the university to join the the Boston law firm of Rose, Chinitz & Rose. Deputy General Counsel Steven Locke is expected to succeed Sizer.