In Maine, Page to Turn and a New Commish

By John O. Harney


Comings and Goings …

University of Maine System Chancellor James Page announced he plans to retire from the post at the end of the current academic year in 2019, seven years after becoming the first Maine native and university system alumnus to lead the system. As chancellor, he has led investment in academic programs to meet the state’s need for workers in specific fields such as nursing, while trimming the university system’s administrative structure.

Newly elected Maine Gov. Janet Mills nominated Pender Makin, assistant superintendent of the Brunswick School Department, a recent Maine principal of the year and former teacher, to be state’s education commissioner, succeeding Robert Hasson, the fifth commissioner to serve under outgoing Gov. Paul LePage.

Barry Bluestone, the Russell B. and Andrée B. Stearns Trustee Professor of Political Economy at Northeastern University, will retire after 19 years at the university where he was founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and founding dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

Museum of Science Boston President Ioannis N. Miaoulis, a former dean of the Tufts University School of Engineering, announced he plans to leave the museum post at the end of January 2019 after 16 years in charge. Chief Operating Officer Wayne Bouchard will assume the role of interim president.

Massachusetts Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash resigned from the Cabinet to become the next president of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership. Gov. Charlie Baker introduced Assistant Secretary for Business Growth Mike Kennealy as Ash’s replacement.

Rhode Island School of Design appointed Cornell University architecture professor Kent Kleinman to be its provost, effective March 2019.

Three Rivers Community College appointed College of Southern Maryland Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Robert Farinelli to be the Connecticut community college’s dean of academics.

Roger Williams University named Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee & Civic Fund Vice President Marcela Betancur to be the new director of the university’s Latino Policy Institute, which is committed to developing data to stimulate public policy discourse and enhance the public’s understanding of the Rhode Island Latino experience in areas such as housing, education, civil liberties and workforce development.




One Response to “In Maine, Page to Turn and a New Commish”

  1. Leslie Trundy

    I believe there were 9 commissioners of education under Paul LePage: Hasson, Plowman, Beardsley, Desjardins, Tome, Rier, Hupp, Bowen and Faherty. Some were acting commissioners.


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