At University Modeling Innovative Dual Leadership, Key Piece to Step Down

Comings and Goings ... Steve Kaplan, who has led the University of New Haven for nearly 20 years as president, then chancellor and CEO, told the university community that he will retire in June 2023, a year earlier than expected. In February, the university promoted an “innovative presidential transition plan” in which Kaplan moved from president to chancellor, while Sheahon...

Former Massachusetts Gov. Jane Swift to Hand Over Reins as LearnLaunch Prez; NACUBO and Nellie Mae Ed Foundation Leaders also Plan to Step Down

Comings and Goings ... LearnLaunch Executive Director and President Jane Swift announced she will step away from the day-to-day leadership of the nonprofit educational technology group she has led since 2019 and become its board president and senior advisor. She will be succeeded as executive director by Kate Donaghey, who has served as executive vice president of policy at LearnLaunch and ...

Setti Warren to Lead Harvard IOP as Interim, While Gearan Heads Back to Geneva

Comings and Goings ... Harvard Institute of Politics Director Mark D. Gearan announced he will step down after more than four years to become president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y., a post he earlier held from from 1999 to 2017. Setti D. Warren, the institute's executive director, will serve as its interim director, while the Harvard Kennedy School searches for a new lon...

A New Englander Reflects on Minority-Serving Institutions

Though home to  more than 250 colleges and universities, New England boasts only nine so-called minority serving institutions (MSIs)—institutions focused specifically on providing an abundance of resources to equip  minority students with the tools they need to be successful in furthering their education. MSIs are colleges or universities that enroll a high percentage of minority and histor...

Biden Considers More Student Debt Relief

DC Shuttle ... Biden Considers New Pause on Paying Back Student Loans, $10,000 Relief. Ahead of the November midterm elections, and in an attempt to engage voters under age 30, President Joe Biden may be considering extending the pause on student loan repayments for several more months. Biden may also be considering forgiving $10,000 in student loan debt per borrower, with the caveat that borro...

Dartmouth College Names Its First Woman President

Comings and Goings ... Dartmouth College Trustees elected cognitive scientist and Barnard College President Sian Leah Beilock as the Hanover, N.H. Ivy League institution's first woman president. She'll take over next July, succeeding Philip Hanlon. Beilock's research has focused on brain science and performance anxiety in areas such as test-taking. Though Beilock is the first woman to be el...

Dems Push to Make Public Service Loan Forgiveness Stick

DC Shuttle ... Democrats Want Public Service Loan Waiver Made Permanent. The “Simplifying and Strengthening PSLF Act” would make permanent some of the changes made through the temporary Public Service Loan Forgiveness waiver announced by the Biden administration last year. These changes both simplified the application process for borrowers while also shortening the length of time a borrower...

NEBHE Awards Tech Talent Grants to Seven Business-Higher Education Partnerships in Connecticut

NEBHE and the Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) awarded grants to seven business-higher education partnerships in Connecticut as part of an initiative to rapidly increase the competitiveness of the state's postsecondary institutions and meet growing business demand for tech skills. In Connecticut, tech talent is critical for the state’s economic competitiveness and fostering the long-ter...

State University of New York Taps Enrollment Expert from CT State to Lead SUNY-Ulster

Comings and Goings ... The State University of New York (SUNY) appointed Connecticut State Community Colleges Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Alison Buckley as the next president of SUNY Ulster, succeeding Alan Roberts who has led the university since 2015. Thomas College hired Chelsea Moeller as its new vice president for advancement. Moeller recently served...

U.S. Ed Dept Awards Final Tranche of American Rescue Funds for Higher Ed

DC Shuttle ... Hearings & Markups of Interest The U.S. House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hybrid hearing on Second Class Workers: Assessing H2 Visa Programs Impact on Workers on Wednesday, July 20 at 10:15 a.m. in 2175 Rayburn and via Zoom. U.S. Dept of Ed Awards Final $198 Million of American Rescue Plan Higher Education Funds to Support Students at Community Colleges, ...