Grogan Announces He’ll Step Down at the Boston Foundation

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …

Paul Grogan

Boston Foundation President and CEO Paul Grogan, one of New England’s most influential foundation leaders, announced he’ll step down after 19 years leading the foundation with net assets of $1.3 billion. Grogan will continue in the job until a successor is named. The foundation has been a key contributor to civic life in Massachusetts, facilitating seminal studies and public forums on issues related to financial equity and educational improvement. Grogan’s tenure has seen foundation-spawned partnerships such as: Success Boston, which increased the number of Boston Public Schools graduates completing higher education by 77%; Project Catapult, an innovative workforce-development model co-created with SkillWorks; and the Boston Opportunity Agenda, a historic public/private partnership of the foundation, the City of Boston, the Boston Public Schools and other public charities and foundations. Before his appointment to the foundation in 2001, Grogan served as vice president for government, community and public affairs at Harvard University and as senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, was president and CEO of the nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation and an aide to Boston mayors Kevin H. White and Raymond L. Flynn.

The Maine Community College System Board of Trustees appointed Michael Fischer, an associate vice president at Great Bay Community College in New Hampshire, to be the next president of Maine’s York County Community College, starting in March. Fischer served 12 years at Great Bay, most recently as associate vice president of economic and community development, and before that, as dean of students at Hesser College and athletic director at Notre Dame College, both in Manchester, N.H.

Norwich University named U.S. Air Force Col. Mark Anarumo to be its next president, succeeding Richard W. Schneider, who will step down May 31 after 28 years leading Northfield, Vt.-based Norwich, the oldest private military college in the U.S. and the birthplace of ROTC.

Hartford Seminary appointed Gabriella Lettini to the new position of dean and vice president of academic affairs and administration, starting in June. Lettini is dean of faculty and chief academic officer at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, Calif.

Clark University named vice president of business development at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and former state Rep. Robert Spellane as acting executive director for the university’s Master of Public Administration for Senior Leadership program.


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