Mass. Higher Ed Commish Santiago to Chair National Group of State Higher Ed Executive Officers

By John O. Harney


Comings and Goings …

Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago was named chair of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) Executive Committee, effective Oct. 1. The committee shapes the group’s federal priorities and strategies for communications with Congress, the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies. Before assuming the Massachusetts commissioner’s post four years ago, Santiago was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and before that, provost and chief operating officer of the University of Albany (SUNY).

MCPHS University President Charles F. Monahan Jr. announced he’ll retire as president in January 2020 after leading the college since 1997. MCPHS trustees appointed Richard J. Lessard, currently chief operating officer and CFO, to serve as interim president starting Jan. 16. Formerly known as the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, MCPHS in Boston, MCPHS now has satellite campuses in Worcester, Mass. and Manchester, N.H.

William J. O’Neill Jr., who has been dean of Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School since 2001, announced he’ll step down at the end of the 2019-20 academic year.

J.D. LaRock left his post as CEO of Commonwealth Corporation to become CEO of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a New York City-based nonprofit with operations in nearly 2,000 schools located in 10 metropolitan areas across the U.S., as well as eight countries spanning four continents. Theresa Rowland, Commonwealth Corporation’s current vice president of sector strategies, will serve as interim president of the Massachusetts quasi-public workforce development agency.

Sandra J. Doran, who was NEBHE’s first director of the New England State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), was named to a two-year term as president of Salem College, a liberal arts institution for women in Winston-Salem, N.C., where she has been interim president for  14 months. Before joining NEBHE, Doran was entrepreneur-in-residence at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., and before that as chief of staff, vice president and general counsel at Lesley University.



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