New Education Commish Nominated in Connecticut

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …

Charlene M. Russell-Tucker

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont nominated Charlene M. Russell-Tucker as the state’s next commissioner of education, succeeding Miguel Cardona, who was tapped earlier this year to serve as U.S. secretary of education. A 20-year employee of the Connecticut Education Department, Russell-Tucker oversaw its Office of Student Supports and Organizational Effectiveness before becoming deputy commissioner in March.

Mitchell College named Alicia Martinez as dean of student experience and belonging. Martinez was director of student activities and orientation at Mitchell from 2004 to 2008 and more recently served as program manager in the Office of Diversity Enhancement & Medical Education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she ran the Community Based Service Learning Program for medical students.

The University of Rhode Island (URI) appointed Anthony J. Marchese, currently associate dean for academic and student affairs at Colorado State University’s engineering college, to be dean of URI’s College of Engineering and Vincent and Estelle Murphy Professor of Engineering. He will succeed Raymond Wright, who is retiring after 14 years as dean. Marchese is expected to begin his duties Jan. 1, 2022.

In out-of-region news, Freeman A. Hrabowski will retire after this academic year as president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Hrabowski became president there in 1992 and has been particularly recognized for building the university’s STEM programs and improving graduation rates.

Illinois Institute of Technology named Rajagopal “Raj” Echambadi, currently Dunton Family dean at D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, to be Illinois Tech’s 10th president.

David A. Starrett, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, was named SUNY Fredonia’s new executive vice president and provost, along with a concurrent tenured position as professor in the Department of Biology.


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