MIT Provost to Lead RPI

By John O. Harney

Martin Schmidt

Comings and Goings …

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) named MIT Provost Martin Schmidt, an RPI alumnus, as its 19th president, succeeding Shirley Ann Jackson, who has led the upstate New York university since 1999.

The University of New Haven appointed Yeshiva University Vice Provost Danielle Wozniak as the Connecticut institution’s next provost and vice president of academic affairs. Wozniak also served as Yeshiva’s Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean of the Wurzweiler School of Social Work.

Northeastern University announced that its general counsel, former Suffolk County District Attorney Ralph C. Martin, will retire in December, to be succeeded by Mary B. Strother, who recently served as first assistant attorney general in Massachusetts.

President Joe Biden appointed New Hampshire College and University Council CEO Mike Vlacich as the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Region 1 administrator, serving the six New England states. Vlacich has served as an advisor to U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan and former New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch.

Jim Ayres, founder of Strategies for Collaborative Impact and Justice, was named the next president and CEO of Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

We also sadly say farewell to some key NEBHE staff members and frequent NEJHE contributors as they begin new chapters. Director of Policy Research & Strategic Initiatives Candace Williams moves on to Advance CTE to work on its postsecondary career-technical education research agenda. Associate Director of Policy Research & Analysis Stephanie Murphy moves on to the Commit Partnership. Sara Jean-Francois, assistant director of NEBHE’s Regional Student Program Tuition Break, moves on to OneGoal Massachusetts. We wish them all success and hope our paths will cross.


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