RIP Joseph M. Cronin (1935-2020)

By John O. Harney

New England higher education lost another giant last week when Joseph M. Cronin died at age 85.

The former president of Bentley College (now University) and first Massachusetts secretary of education, Joe Cronin was a longtime friend of NEBHE and a frequent contributor to NEJHE.

Many of his articles for the journal focused on equity. His book reviews read like smart histories of higher education. Following are a few:

Propping Up Presidencies? (Books)

Moral Victories? (Books)

Higher Education Trends and Opportunities, Spring 2006

Does the Cafe Serve Rice and Beans? What colleges need to know about changing demography, Fall 2002

His other pieces in NEJHE’s predecessor Connection can be accessed here; click on the cover of the edition to read and search through the full issue …

Urban Interventions, Spring 2009

Is New England Ready for P-20?, (with Richard H. Goodman), Spring 2008

Bok’s Book (Books), Summer 2006

Tufts Acts to Follow (Books) Winter 2005

Dreamy (Books), Spring 2004

Troubles (Books), Joseph M. Cronin, Spring 2004

Presidential Material (Books), Spring 2003

Virtual Economics (Books), Winter 2001

K-12 Partnerships (Books), Winter 2001

A Civic Action (Books), Summer 2000

Student Indebtedness: Higher Education’s Dilemma, (with Sylvia O. Simmons), Summer 1986


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