Bentley Taps National Biz Education Leader for Prez; Saint Mike’s Hires Its First Woman Chief

By John O. Harney


Comings and Goings …

Bentley University appointed Alison Davis-Blake, the former dean of the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, to be its eighth president, succeeding Gloria Cordes Larson, who will step down in June 2018 after 11 years as president.

Saint Michael’s College named North Carolina’s Salem Academy and College President Lorraine Sterritt to be its 17th president and the first woman to lead the Catholic, residential liberal arts college in Vermont.

Sally C. Donahue, director of financial aid and a senior admissions officer at Harvard College, will retire in August after more than 18 years in her position, including overseeing the launch of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative to make the college more affordable for low- and middle-income students.

Sacred Heart University named Central Connecticut State University education school dean Michael P. Alfano to be dean of Sacred Heart’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education. At Central Connecticut, he helped establish the Center of Excellence in Social and Emotional Learning and the Teacher Leadership Fellowship Program.

The Massachusetts state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education chose Jeffrey Riley, who served as the state-appointed superintendent and receiver of Lawrence, Mass. schools, to be the Commonwealth’s next commissioner overseeing K-12 education. He will succeed Acting Commissioner Jeffrey Wulfson, who assumed the role after Mitchell Chester died in June of cancer.

Daniel Greenstein, who has directed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s work on postsecondary education since 2012, announced he will leave the foundation next month.


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