Harvard SPH Names First Black, Female Dean; Former Congressman to Lead Arms Control Group; Affordability Guru Moves East

Epidemiologist Michelle A. Williams, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, will become the first black person to head a faculty at Harvard and the first female dean of the school, beginning in July.

Susan D. Stuebner, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Pennsylvania’s Allegheny College, was named the ninth­­­­ president of Colby-Sawyer College, effective July 1. Stuebner will succeed Thomas C. Galligan Jr., who led the New London, N.H. college since 2006.

John J. “Jack” Sbrega, president of Bristol Community College since 2000, announced that he will retire in August 2017. The state’s second-longest-serving community college president, Sbrega has written for NEJHE about the dangers of using graduation rates to measure value in community colleges.

Holyoke Community College President William F. Messner announced that he will retire at the end of July 2016.

Massachusetts Bay Community College Interim President Yves Salomon-Fernandez was named the seventh president of Cumberland County College in New Jersey. Salomon-Fernandez has authored several articles for NEJHE.

Michael Vayda, dean of the University of Arkansas Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences, will join the University of Massachusetts Lowell in June as chief academic officer and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Babson College appointed professor and dean Michael D. Johnson of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration to be Babson’s provost.

Former U.S. Rep. John F. Tierney was named executive director of the Council for a Livable World and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. A member of the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee, the Massachusetts Democrat was awarded NEBHE’s Governor Walter R. Peterson Award for Leadership in 2010 and authored pieces for NEJHE.

Prominent education researcher Sara Goldrick-Rab announced online that she will leave the University of Wisconsin at Madison to join Temple University’s College of Education, where she plans to start a center of college affordability.

Watch NEJHE for Comings and Goings in New England higher education and beyond.


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