Former U.S. Ed Secy to Lead SUNY System

By John O. Harney

John B. King Jr.

Comings and Goings …

Former U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. was named the next chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY), the largest comprehensive public higher education system in the U.S. King will begin heading the 370,000-student system in January, succeeding Jim Malatras, who resigned last year, and Deborah Stanley, the former president of SUNY Oswego, who served as interim system chief. While leading The Education Trust, King spoke at a 2017 Summit about the NEBHE Commission on Higher Education & Employability’s “Equity Imperative.”

Tufts University appointed Monroe France, currently senior associate vice president for global engagement and inclusive leadership at New York University (NYU), to be the Massachusetts university’s vice provost for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice, starting April 3. France is the lead instructor for NYU Global Inclusive Leadership and Management Institute and the founder and co-principal for NYU Environmental and Racial Justice Network. Tufts says his work will include “broadening the understanding of diversity at Tufts to include antiracism, antisemitism, and the full spectrum of ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, beliefs, religions and faiths, cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, and levels of ability.”

Outgoing Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea announced she will become a visiting senior fellow in democracy and cybersecurity at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University.

Former Massachusetts state Rep. Jennifer Benson announced she will leave the Alliance for Business Leadership, the progressive coalition of CEOs, entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders that she began leading in 2020, to become a principal at Travaglini, Scorzoni & Kiley, a lobbying firm led by former Massachusetts Senate President Robert Travaglini.



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