Big New Education Posts for Two Former New England Guvs

By John O. Harney


Comings and Goings …

The University of Maine System Board of Trustees appointed former Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to be the next chancellor of the University of Maine System, succeeding James Page, who will retire on June 30. The Chronicle of Higher Education characterized Malloy’s new challenge this way. After declining to seek reelection as governor in 2018, Malloy served as a visiting law professor at Boston College, his alma mater. He wrote for NEJHE on The Future of Higher Education in Connecticut and was a key speaker at NEBHE’s New England Works Summit on Bridging Higher Education and the Workforce. (While many former New England governors have followed their government service with teaching or policy jobs in academe, a few served notable terms as college presidents after leaving the corner office. They include the late New Hampshire Gov. Walter Peterson who went on to lead Franklin Pierce College and the University of New Hampshire; the late Vermont Gov. Thomas Salmon who went on to head the University of Vermont and Maine Gov. Kenneth Curtis who became president of Maine Maritime Academy.)


Former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift will join the nonprofit education technology group LearnLaunch as president and executive director on July 1. Swift spent 15 years in Massachusetts state government as a state senator, lieutenant governor and governor. She has also led private sector education organizations including Middlebury Interactive and Ultimate Medical Academy and serves on the board of Academic Programs International as well as Suburban Propane.

Edward Serna, current interim chancellor at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, was appointed to be the next president of the University of Maine at Farmington, succeeding Interim President Eric Brown, who served a one-year appointment following the departure of former President Kathryn Foster, who in turn, left Farmington to be president at the College of New Jersey.

Educate Maine announced that Executive Director Ed Cervone will leave in July to start a new position at Thomas College.

The State University of New York named Jermaine Williams, who is currently vice president for student affairs at North Shore Community College in Massachusetts, to be president of Nassau Community College on Long Island, effective July 1.

Robyn Hannigan, the founding dean of the School for the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Boston, was named provost at Clarkson University in New York.

Gary Cunningham, currently CEO of Metropolitan Economic Development Association in Minneapolis, was named the next president of Prosperity Now, the DC-based national nonprofit formerly called the Corporation for Enterprise Development, which is dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for low-income families and communities. He will succeed outgoing President Andrea Levere, who will assume the title of president emerita.


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