Goddard Names New President

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …


Goddard College, the Vermont institution known for progressive education, named licensed clinical psychologist Dan Hocoy as its next president, effective Aug. 1. Hocoy will succeed Bernard Bull, who is assuming the presidency of Concordia University in Nebraska. During 24 years in higher education, Hocoy has served as president of Antioch University in Seattle, president of Erie Community College of the State University of New York and, most recently, as vice chancellor for strategic initiatives at Missouri’s Metropolitan Community College (MCC) and president of MCC’s Longview campus. He is an immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago and first-generation college student.

Maine Maritime Academy President William J. Brennan announced he will retire in May 2022, after 12 years of service to the public institution in Castine, Maine.

Sacred Heart University named Karen Daley to be the new dean of its Dr. Susan L. Davis, R.N., & Richard J. Henley College of Nursing. Daley was the dean of the College of Health Professions at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, MI, for 10 years, and before that, master’s degree coordinator for the nursing department at Western Connecticut State University.

The University of Saint Joseph appointed Ahmed Abdelmageed as dean of of its School of Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Studies. He recently served as associate professor of pharmacy practice and assistant dean of experiential education and community engagement at Manchester University College of Pharmacy, Natural and Health Sciences in Fort Wayne, Ind.

American International College (AIC) announced three new senior administrators. Velmer Burton Jr., who recently served as senior vice chancellor of university strategy and performance and professor of criminal justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will become AIC’s executive vice president for academic affairs. Jennifer McDonough, who served as a fundraising professional at higher education institutions nationwide, joins AIC as vice president for institutional advancement. Louis Izzi Jr., who was vice president for athletics and enrollment management at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, will become AIC’s vice president of athletics.




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