Diversity Chiefs, Student Loan Reformers Among Key Job-Changers

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …

Terrill L. Drake

Harvard Business School appointed Terrill L. Drake as its inaugural chief diversity and inclusion officer. His work will focus on implementing the B-school’s Racial Equity Action Plan. Currently associate dean for strategic initiatives and head diversity officer at the Villanova School of Business, Drake is among a wave of New England college hires in diversity, equity and inclusion areas.

Middlesex Community College named Cape Cod Community College Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs Arlene Rodríguez as its interim provost and vice president of academic & student affairs.

University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) President Rebecca Wyke announced she will leave the post to be the next CEO of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. Wyke joined the University of Maine System as vice chancellor for finance and administration in 2008. She served as interim president for UMA in 2015-2016 and was appointed to the position in 2017.  

The U.S. Department of Education named Toby Merrill as its deputy general counsel. The founder of Harvard Law School’s Project of Predatory Student Lending, Merrill joins a list of hires with New England roots and connections to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s efforts to reform the student-loan system.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey named Arwen Thoman, currently deputy director of the insurance and financial services division, as the state’s first student loan ombudsman, and Erica Harmon, also of the insurance and financial services division, as deputy ombudsman. The ombudsman posts were established in an economic development law signed in January that codifies a “Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights.”


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