Nick Donohue to Step Down as Leader of New England’s Largest Education Foundation

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …

Nicholas C. Donohue

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation announced that Nicholas C. Donohue will step down as the organization’s president and CEO at the end of 2021 after 14 years in charge. He focused the foundation on student-centered approaches to learning and re-emphasized its grantmaking strategy to advance racial equity. In addition to supporting various NEBHE initiatives, the foundation funded a strategic communications partnership with NEJHE.

Here are pieces Donohue wrote for NEJHE:

Students at the Center: New England’s Future Demands Education Based on a Learner’s Needs and Interests

Our Most Valuable Population (Disconnected Youth)

A Test We Must Pass

Stemming Summer Learning Loss

Adult Education: From a Terminal Degree to Lifelong Learning

Standard-Driven Variety: Why Must Equitable Outcomes Be the Same Outcomes?

Reinvention, Not Reforms: Current School Structures Are Obsolete

Tariq Habash, a former NEBHE policy intern who went on to help launch the natioanl Student Borrower Protection Center, joined the Biden-Harris administration’s Education Department.

Former Rhode Island state legislator and NEBHE delegate Tom Coderre was named the interim acting assistant secretary to lead the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the Biden-Harris administration, after serving similar roles in Rhode Island.

Jon Finer, a Norwich, Vt. native who worked as a Middle East advisor and speechwriter for then-Vice President Joe Biden, became principal deputy national security advisor in the Biden-Harris administration. Tyler Moran, a Canaan, N.H. native who worked recently as executive director of the advocacy group Immigration Hub and in an earlier job at the Obama White House, helped draft the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals law—was named special assistant to the president for immigration for the Domestic Policy Council.

University of Rhode Island Provost Donald DeHayes announced he will step down later this year.

Stonehill College appointed DeBrenna LaFa Agbényiga as its new provost and vice president for academic affairs, after serving a similar post and as a full professor of social work at Bowie State University in Maryland.

Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack stepped down to become deputy administrator in the Federal Highway Administration. In the Bay State, Registrar of Motor Vehicles Jamey Tesler took over as acting transportation secretary, while Colleen Ogilvie, the chief operating officer of the state Registry of Motor Vehicles, became acting registrar.


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