Emerson College President Pelton Appointed by Boston Mayor to Chair New Racial Equity Fund

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …


Emerson College President Lee Pelton was tapped by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to chair the new Boston Racial Equity Fund. Pelton has led Emerson since 2011. After the police murder of George Floyd, he wrote a widely regarded letter to the Emerson community about his life as a Black man.

Arts education consultant Judith Bose, who has held key positions at Johns Hopkins University, the Lincoln Center Institute and the New York Philharmonic and the Longy School of Music of Bard College, was named the new dean of Longy, succeeding Wayman Chin, who held the post since 2008.


The Maine Community College System announced that Central Maine Community College President Scott Knapp will step down on Aug. 31 after 23 years at the helm. Under Knapp, the college tripled its enrollment to more than 3,000 students and added several programs. Vice President Betsy Libby will serve as interim president for the 2020-21 academic year, while the college searches for new president.

Michelle R. Weise, former chief innovation officer and senior vice president of workforce strategies at Strada Education Network, became entrepreneur-in-residence and senior adviser at Imaginable Futures, a venture of the Omidyar Group. NEJHE recently featured a Q&A with Weise on “preparing nimble workers.”

Steven Rich, currently executive vice president of finance and administration at Fisher College, became interim president of the private college in Boston’s Back Bay, while it searches for a permanent successor to Alan Ray, who stepped down after three years in charge.

Former University of New Orleans Dean of the College of Business Administration John Williams became the new dean of Charlton College of Business at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.


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