Former SVC Prez Takes Over at Bulgarian University Developed in ’90s by UMaine System’s Woodbury

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …

David Evans, the last president of the now-defunct Southern Vermont College, was named interim president of the American University in Bulgaria, succeeding Steven Sullivan, who will return to teaching full time. The Eastern European campus was developed in the early 1990s, partly by the University of Maine System under the late Chancellor and NEBHE Chair Robert Woodbury.

The Boston Architectural College Board of Trustees named Mahesh Daas as the college’s eighth president, effective July 12. An expert in robots who most recently served as dean of the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Daas will succeed Glen LeRoy, who announced he will retire.

Todd Flaherty, the former president and CEO of The College Crusade of Rhode Island, was named interim president of Johnson & Wales University’s Charlotte Campus in North Carolina.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott appointed Xusana Davis, most recently a top official in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to be Vermont’s first executive director of racial equity. The new cabinet-level position was created by the Legislature in 2018 along with a five-member Racial Equity Advisory Panel to combat systemic racism in state institutions.

MassVentures, the quasi-public venture capital firm, announced that President and CEO Jerry Bird will step down, effective Aug. 30.

Dr. Eric Rubin, an infectious disease specialist and public health researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was named editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, succeeding Dr. Jeffrey Drazen, who has been serving as the journal’s top editor since 2000.

Arthur Levine announced he will step down as president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, but remain at the foundation in a senior fellow role. Levine is the former president of Teachers College, Columbia University and a former member of the faculty at Harvard Graduate School of Education.



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