New Leaders Named at Connecticut Community Colleges, Interim Tapped at Westfield State, URI’s Dooley To Retire Next Year

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …

David Levinson

CEOs were named to five Connecticut community colleges and retired Norwalk Community College President David Levinson was named acting president over all 12 of them in a single system under the proposed name: Connecticut State Community College. William “Terry” Brown, currently a special assistant to the president at Nashville State Community College in Tennessee, will be the CEO at Gateway Community College in New Haven. Dwayne Smith, currently interim president of Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, will be CEO at Housatonic. Nicole Esposito, currently assistant dean of liberal arts and professional studies at Springfield Technical Community College in Massachusetts, will be CEO at Manchester Community College. Steven Minkler will be CEO at Middlesex and G. Duncan Harris will be CEO of Capital Community College in Hartford, where they have been interim heads.

Westfield State University trustees named career educator Roy Saigo as its one-year interim choice, while a search committee looks for a permanent candidate to succeed Ramon Torrecilha who announced in January that he would retire from Westfield State in August after four years. Saigo, who as a small child, was among the 120,000 Japanese-Americans sent to internment camps during World War II, has held key positions in higher education since 1967, including as  chancellor at Auburn University in Alabama and president of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley announced he will retire in June 2021, after 11 years as president of the Rhode Island flagship research university.

URI also appointed NASA scientist Paula S. Bontempi as dean of its Graduate School of Oceanography, succeeding Bruce H. Corliss, who has served since 2012 and is retiring.

Western New England University named John Pezzuto, currently dean and professor of pharmacy at Long Island University in Brooklyn, to be dean and professor of pharmaceutics at the Western New England’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Bowdoin College named current Vassar College Director of Student Financial Services Michael Albano as its new director of student aid, succeeding Michael Bartini, who will retire July 31.

Mathew B. Johnson, Brown University associate dean of the college for engaged scholarship and senior fellow at the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service, was named president of Michigan’s Albion College, succeeding Mauri Ditzler, who is retiring.

Commonwealth Corporation named Christine Abrams, who has 30-plus years of financial and organizational leadership experience, as the new president and CEO of the Massachusetts quasi-public workforce development agency.


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