Former Wheelock Leader Will Be Interim Prez at Roxbury CC, Hanlon to Step Down at Dartmouth, Deval Patrick Will Teach at Kennedy School

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …

Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Former Wheelock College President Jackie Jenkins-Scott was named interim president of Roxbury Community College. Leading Wheelock, she added new cross-disciplinary and online programs, increased undergraduate enrollment by over 50% and grew representation of ethnically and differently-abled students by 40%. She is also president and founder of JJS Advising, which provides executive coaching and organizational strategies. In 2010, Jenkins-Scott and former Massachusetts Bay Community College President Carole Berotte Joseph, coauthored a NEJHE piece about their journey to Haiti with 40 representatives from across the U.S. to observe Haiti‘s recovery efforts after a major earthquake. Jenkins-Scott will succeed departing President Valerie Roberson at the community college.

Dartmouth College President Philip Hanlon announced that he will step down in June 2023 after 10 years leading the New Hampshire Ivy League college. During his presidency, a $3 billion fundraising campaign has helped support the elimination of loans for students whose families earn less than $125,000 per year and the restoration of need-blind admissions for international students, as well as major new campus buildings. Hanlon succeeded Jim Yong Kim, who resigned from the Dartmouth presidency in 2012 to become president of the World Bank.

Harvard Kennedy School of Government appointed former two-term Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick as a professor of the practice of public leadership and as co-director of the school’s Center for Public Leadership. Patrick served as the state’s first Black governor, holding the corner office from 2007 to 2015. Upon leaving office, he went to work for Boston-based Bain & Company, where he helped launch Bain Capital Double Impact. In 2011, he authored a NEJHE piece on how Massachusetts public higher education serves as an engine for opportunity. In 2012, NEBHE recognized Patrick, along with R.I. Gov. Donald Carcieri, as co-recipients of the Governor Walter R. Peterson Award for Leadership.

Biomedical scientist Tejal Desai was appointed dean of Brown University’s School of Engineering. A former professor at the University of California San Francisco and inaugural director of its Health Innovations Via Engineering (HIVE) initiative, Desai has also held academic leadership positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Boston University. She will succeed Lawrence Larson, who has been Brown’s inaugural School of Engineering dean since 2011 and plans to return to full-time teaching and research.

Bay Path University named Frank J. Rojas, currently chief operating officer and executive vice president at Los Angeles Pacific University, to be the next vice president of enrollment management for the Longmeadow, Mass.-based university that offers undergraduate programs for women and graduate programs for women and men, as well as the American Women’s College—an all-women, all-online bachelor’s degree program.

Lauren Alexander left her post as deputy director of the Office of International Programs at Brown University to become associate vice president of customized & faculty-led programs at IES Abroad, a nonprofit that provides study-abroad and internship programs around the world.

Boston University named Yanique Redwood, a health researcher who spent two years as an epidemic intelligence officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and former president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based if, A Foundation for Radical Possibility, to be the first executive director of its Center for Antiracist Research, founded in 2020 by author and antiracist scholar Ibram X. Kendi.

Three New England lawmakers are taking posts in Washington, D.C. Massachusetts state Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead) was appointed to serve as the Region 1 (New England) administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Massachusetts state Rep. Claire Cronin left to become U.S. ambassador to Ireland. Maine state Sen. Louis Luchini (D-Ellsworth) said he will resign to take a job as an advocate with the U.S. Small Business Administration, working with small business owners, government agencies, trade associations and others in the New England states.

Paul Sacaridiz, executive director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts announced he’ll step down as leader of the cutting-edge craft education institution and think tank in Deer Isle, Maine, to become director of Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.



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