Some “Embattled” Heads to Roll, and Other Comings and Goings

May you move from your job before the media calls you “embattled” …

That’s how the Boston Globe described Leslie C. Berlowitz when she announced this week she’d resign as president of the Cambridge, Mass.-based American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She had led the academy for 17 years but was on paid leave while being investigated for falsely claiming to have a doctorate and misstating her work history. (For NEJHE coverage of the academy’s recent work, see Humanitarian Efforts.)

“Embattled” is also how the newspaper Seven Days described Barbara Vacarr when she announced she would step down as president of Goddard College in December to “pay more attention to the personal challenges facing close family members.” Seven Days noted faculty criticism of Vacarr’s “corporate mentality” and the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reported on faculty and staff allegations that Vacarr’s administration violated federal labor law by threatening to impose pay cuts if a union contract were not settled, but Goddard trustees confirmed the president’s personal reasons for departing.


Among more optimistic comings and goings …

New Hampshire approved Manchester, N.H. attorney James Craig as commissioner of the state’s Department of Labor.

Darren Walker was named the new president of the Ford Foundation. He is currently vice president of the foundation’s Education, Creativity and Free Expression program and oversees its regional programs in Africa and the Middle East.

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

, the dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, was appointed vice president for academic affairs at Quinnipiac University.

Kevin Lawlor, a senior executive at United Technologies Corp., was named executive vice president at Fairfield University, where he’ll work with admissions, marketing and communications, finance and student affairs to help determine priority areas for resource allocation.


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