MA Elementary and Secondary Ed Board Appoints Acting Chief Following Death of Commissioner Mitchell Chester

Comings and Goings …

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education appointed Deputy Commissioner Jeff Wulfson to be acting commissioner, following the death of Commissioner Mitchell Chester, who became commissioner in 2008 and was one of America’s longest-serving education commissioners.

Three Connecticut community college presidents will assume dual roles and receive temporary stipends starting July 1 for the additional work. Paul Broadie II, president of Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, will also serve as president at Gateway Community College in New Haven. James Lombella, president of Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, will also serve as president at Tunxis Community College in Farmington. Steven Minkler will assume dual roles at Middlesex Community College, where he will continue to serve as dean of academic affairs, and also as the college’s president starting July 1.

Fisher College chose Alan Ray as its ninth president, succeeding Thomas McGovern, who stepped down as leader of the Boston institution after 10 years. Ray previously served as president of Elmhurst College in Illinois, vice provost for academic affairs and senior vice provost of the University of New Hampshire and associate dean for academic affairs at Harvard Law School.

Brown University appointed Bess Marcus, senior associate dean for public health at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, to be dean of the Brown’s School of Public Health. Marcus was a professor of community health and psychiatry and human behavior at Brown before leaving for California in 2011. The Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, meanwhile, hired former U.S. EPA Administrator for New England H. Curtis Spalding as a professor of the practice.



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