Ed Reform Groups Announce Leadership Changes


Comings and Goings …

Subira Gordon, the former executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Commission on Equity and Opportunity, was named executive director of ConnCAN, succeeding Jennifer Alexander as the leader of the nonprofit education advocacy group, which was founded in 2005 as the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now.


Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education Executive Director Linda Noonan announced she will leave the post next spring after 13 years at the helm.

Joe Cassidy, formerly president of Washington County Community College for five years (and simultaneously for one year as interim president of Eastern Maine Community College) as well as former mayor of the City of Calais, Maine, became president of Southern Maine Community College.

Investment banker Mark DeFusco, who recently served as senior research associate at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, was appointed president and CEO of Bay State College in Boston, which was bought last year by Ambow Education Holding Ltd. of  China.

Providence College announced the appointment of three new academic deans. Brian McCadden, formerly the dean of the School of Professional Studies, transitioned to the newly created position of dean of graduate education. Jennifer E. Swanberg, a professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work and School of Medicine, was named the new dean of the School of Professional Studies. Joseph Stanley, director of the Simmons College Center for Global Education, was named the inaugural dean of global education in Providence College’s newly named Center for Global Education, formerly the Center for International Studies.


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