Cooper Named UMass Boston’s First Special Assistant for Black Life

By John O. Harney

Joseph Cooper

Comings and Goings …

The University of Massachusetts Boston appointed Joseph Cooper to be its first special assistant for Black Life, a senior management position that Marcelo Suárez-Orozco pledged to create when he became the the UMass Boston chancellor in August.

UMass Medical School named Brown University Assistant Vice President of Academic Diversity Marlina Duncan to be the Worcester, Mass. medical school’s new vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion.

Pioneer Institute named Adam Portnoy, president and CEO of the RMR Group, a Newton, Mass.-based real estate investment company, to chair the market-oriented think tank’s Board of Directors, succeeding Stephen D. Fantone.


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