University of Maine System Chancellor Richard L. Pattenaude planned to tell system trustees that he will not seek an extension of his current contract, which expires next year at the end of June. Pattenaude has served as chancellor since 2007 and, before that, was president of the University of Southern Maine for 16 years. In May, he shared views on the challenges of restructuring the UMaine System with NEJHE.
Mil Duncan announced that she is stepping down as director of the Carsey Institute to work with a new national initiative on food and agriculture policy transformation called AGree. Since opening at the University of New Hampshire in 2004, the Carsey Institute has developed pursued research on vulnerable children and families and challenges and opportunities for sustainable development that benefits communities. In 1999, Duncan wrote an article for NEJHE (then called Connection) comparing poverty in New England to other regions.
MassBay Community College trustees reached agreement with John O’Donnell, president of Stark State College in Ohio since 2004, to become the fifth president of the Wellesley, Mass.-based college, succeeding Carole Berotte Joseph.