Global Replace: First-Gen College Grad Who Led National University and Johns Hopkins Ed School Picked as Chancellor of Adult-Focused UMass Global

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …

David Andrews

University of Massachusetts Global named David Andrews to be the next chancellor of the online adult-focused nonprofit institution formerly known as Brandman University, which affiliated with the public UMass system in September 2021. He was president of National University from 2016 to 2021 and before that led the School of Education at Johns Hopkins University, where he held a professorship in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. A first-generation college graduate, Andrews has also held professorships at The Ohio State University, the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.

The Boston School Committee selected Somerville, Mass. Public Schools Superintendent Mary Skipper as the Hub’s next superintendent. The Boston schools last last month barely avoided a state takeover by promising rapid improvement. Skipper was the chief education officer and founding headmaster of TechBoston Academy, a Boston Public Schools pilot school. She’ll succeed outgoing Superintendent Brenda Cassellius, who announced in February that she would step down at the end of this school year after three years in charge.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont appointed Mark F. Kohler, the former head of the special litigation unit for the Connecticut attorney general’s office, to complete the term of Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, who is leaving office early to care for her ailing husband. NEBHE awarded Merrill a New England Higher Education Excellence Award in 2011 when she was Connecticut’s House majority leader.


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