Framingham State U Taps Provost of a Maryland HBCU as Next Prez

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …

Nancy Niemi

Framingham State University Trustees tapped University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Nancy Niemi to be the Massachusetts institution’s eighth president, succeeding F. Javier Cevallos, who announced he’s retiring after this academic year. UMES is an HBCU (historically Black college and university) in Princess Anne, Md. Prior to joining UMES, Niemi was the inaugural director of faculty teaching initiatives at Yale University’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning. Before that, she was a professor and chair of the Education Department at the University of New Haven.

Connecticut state Sen. Will Haskell, the former Senate Chair of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee and a member of NEBHE’s Legislative Advisory Committee, announced he would leave the Legislature and attend law school in New York.

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, the longest-serving secretary of state in the U.S., announced he will leave office to be succeeded by Deputy Secretary of State David Scanlan.


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