Among Comings & Goings: Delta Cost Project Will Dissolve, but its Work on Higher Ed Spending Will Go On

After five years bringing attention to how colleges spend money, the Delta Cost Project will dissolve in 2012. On Jan. 1, the database portion of its work will become part of the U.S. Department of Education’s IPEDS data-collection and communication work. The project’s analysis and communication about revenue and spending trends will shift to the American Institutes for Research (AIR), where it will be known as the Delta Cost Project at AIR.

Jane Wellman founded the Delta Project in 2007 with support from the Lumina Foundation for Education and became the project’s executive director. A clear and forceful writer on ways colleges spend money, Wellman wrote for NEJHE in 2010 about how colleges can reduce costs and permanently reduce spending demands while maintaining access. In the past year, she has split her time at the Delta Project and at the National Association of System Heads, where she will now focus her work.


Trustees at St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine, appointed Kenneth Lemanski to be interim president, while a search committee conducts a national search for a permanent president. A former NEBHE delegate from Massachusetts, Lemanski has held senior positions at the University of Massachusetts, the Council of Presidents for the Massachusetts State University system and, most recently, Westfield State University. He served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1976 to 1978 and 1980 to 1991. He assumed the interim position at St. Joseph’s on Oct. 3.


Fairfield University appointed four new trustees to serve six-year terms. They are William C. Crager, president and co-founder of Envestnet, Inc.; William P. Egan, founder and general partner of Alta Communications and Marion Equity Partners LLC; Biff J. O’Reilly, president of PBS Capital; and the Rev. Stephen A. Privett, S.J., president of the University of San Francisco.


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