Maine, NH Hire New Flagship Presidents; Vermont Ed Secretary Resigns


Comings and Goings …

The University of Maine System appointed National Science Foundation COO Joan Ferrini-Mundy to be the 21st president of the University of Maine, succeeding Susan Hunter, who will retire this summer. Ferrini-Mundy will also serve as president of the system’s smallest campus, the University of Maine at Machias as part of a partnership established last summer.

The University of New Hampshire appointed Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill James W. “Jim” Dean Jr. to be the New Hampshire flagship’s 20th president, succeeding Mark W. Huddleston, who is retiring after 11 years.

Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe resigned, effective April 1. After the announcement, Gov. Phil Scott delivered a letter to the State Board of Education saying, “I ask when you evaluate candidates you prioritize applicants who above all else have experience managing complex issues (not necessarily education), share my optimistic vision of what our system of education must be and have enthusiasm for the work of Vermont’s school boards,” according to

Former Morehouse College President John Sylvanus Wilson was named Harvard University President Drew G. Faust’s senior adviser and strategist on diversity and inclusion initiatives.

New England College of Business named Jennifer Brady, who has experience at both Southern New Hampshire University and UMassOnline, to be the new chief marketing officer at the Boston-based online business college for working professionals.


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