Mount Holyoke College Taps former Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum as Interim Leader

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …

Beverly Daniel Tatum

Mount Holyoke College named former Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum as interim president, taking over in July for Sonya Stephens, who announced she would be leaving in the summer to head the American University in Paris. A clinical psychologist, Tatum served as acting president of Mount Holyoke in 2002, was dean of the college from 1998 to 2002 and a faculty member in the psychology and education department from 1989 to 2002. Tatum has also been a faculty member at the University of California Santa Barbara and Westfield State University. She is the author of several books, including the best-selling Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race (1997) and Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007).

Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee appointed Dennis J. Duffy, who is vice president of regulatory affairs for Boston-based Energy Management Inc., to chair the state’s Council on Postsecondary Education, succeeding Tim DelGiudice who announced in March that he would step down as chair.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst chose Tricia Serio, currently dean of its College of Natural Sciences and associate chancellor for strategic academic planning, to serve as the university’s provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, succeeding John McCarthy.

President Joe Biden appointed MassINC Chief Operating Officer and former Massachusetts state Rep. Juana Matias, the first Latina immigrant elected to the chamber, to be the regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Region 1 (the six New England states).

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) professor Amy Kulper was appointed director of the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.

Another New England city is losing its diversity, equity and inclusion officer. Ferdousi Faruque announced she will resign after four months serving the role in Lowell, Mass. She said key partners in were “not interested in building an inclusive and equitable workplace.” Worcester, Mass. has seen  the short tenures of three chief diversity officers in the six years since the post was created. Burlington, Vt.’s Office of Racial Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and New Hampshire’s Governor’s Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion have also seen waves of resignations.

Passings …

Sister Janice Ryan, a member of the Sisters of Mercy, former president of the now-defunct Trinity College of Vermont, deputy commissioner of the state Department of Corrections and education adviser to the late U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords, died at age 86. A leading advocate for social justice, Ryan received a NEBHE Excellence Award in 2018.


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