In Massachusetts, an Early Ed Exit

Comings and Goings ... Massachusetts Early Education and Care Commissioner Samantha Aigner-Treworgy resigned from the post where she led the process of opening emergency childcare during the early days of the pandemic and helping launch a statewide childcare Covid testing initiative in the Bay State. WGBH Educational Foundation President and CEO Jonathan Abbott announced he will step down af...

Innovative Presidential Arrangements

Comings and Goings ... The University of New Haven Board of Governors promoted an "innovative presidential transition plan" in which Steven H. Kaplan, who has been president of the university for the past 18 years, will become its first chancellor and CEO in July, while Sheahon Zenger, its director of athletics and recreation, will become interim president, overseeing day-to-day operations....

Policymakers Explore Safer Schools, College Scorecards and Research Conflicts

DC Shuttle ... House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on More Supportive and Safe School Environments. The House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education held a hearing to examine how the federal government can help schools achieve safer and more supportive environments for students. In his opening statement, Chair Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (I-NMI) referred to data fro...

Boston Fed Marks Firsts with New CEO … MIT and Tufts Presidents Announce Plans to Leave Posts

Comings and Goings ... The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston named University of Michigan Provost Susan M. Collins to be the bank's next president and CEO. An international macroeconomist, Collins will be the first Black woman to lead a regional bank in the 108-year history of the Fed system. In addition to being the University of Michigan's provost and executive vice president for academic af...

First Lady Confirms Building Back Better Won’t Include Free Community College

DC Shuttle ... Hearings & Markups of Interest The U.S. House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education will hold a hearing on Serving All Students: Promoting a Healthier, More Supportive School Environment on Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 12:15 p.m. via Zoom. Free Community College Cut from Democrats Spending Bill. During a summit of community col...

Changing School Leaders

Comings and Goings ... Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont named New Haven Housing Authority President Karen DuBois-Walton to chair the Connecticut State Board of Education. DuBois-Walton, the former chief of staff for John DeStefano Jr., New Haven's longest-serving mayor, will succeed Allan Taylor. Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius announced she will step down at the end of t...

A Call to Cancel Student Debt

DC Shuttle ... Democrats Push for Biden to Release Memo on Student Loan Debt Cancellation. Eighty-five members of Congress sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to release the internal memo on his legal authority to cancel student loan debt. The letter was spearheaded by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), alongside Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA...

Laurie Leshin to Blast Off From Worcester to California

Comings and Goings ... Worcester Polytechnic Institute President Laurie Leshin was named director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the California lab affiliated with NASA. A geochemist and space scientist, Leshin was the first woman to lead WPI and will be the first woman to lead the Jet Propulsion Laboratory run by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Leshin will leave the Worc...

Former Wheelock Leader Will Be Interim Prez at Roxbury CC, Hanlon to Step Down at Dartmouth, Deval Patrick Will Teach at Kennedy School

Comings and Goings ... Former Wheelock College President Jackie Jenkins-Scott was named interim president of Roxbury Community College. Leading Wheelock, she added new cross-disciplinary and online programs, increased undergraduate enrollment by over 50% and grew representation of ethnically and differently-abled students by 40%. She is also president and founder of JJS Advising, which prov...

Mass Higher Ed Commish, UConn Prez Announce Departures

Comings and Goings ... Carlos Santiago, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, announced he will step down in June. Born in Puerto Rico, Santiago became the Bay State's first Latino higher ed commissioner in 2015 after serving as deputy under former Commissioner Richard Freeland and chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 2004 to 2010. A labor eco...