UConn Student Affairs Leader Heads to Georgetown, Plus Change at Region’s Largest Daily and in Mass. Biotech Sector

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …

Eleanor “Elly” JB Daugherty

University of Connecticut Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Eleanor “Elly” JB Daugherty announced she is leaving UConn in January to become vice president for student affairs at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Her duties in Connecticut will be split between current UConn employees, Pamela Schipani who will become interim assistant vice president of student affairs, and Fany DeJesús Hannon who will serve as interim dean of students.

The Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), a research center at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, named higher education planner Holly Harriel as its new strategic advisor. The CoLab focuses on promoting racial justice and inclusive economic development. Before joining MIT last year as a lecturer, Harriel served as director of the Education Outreach Office at Brown University and was inaugural director of clinical education for Brown’s graduate Urban Education Policy Program.

The nonprofit policy think tank MassINC named Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC) CEO Joe Kriesberg to be its next leader. The Boston-based MassINC conducts research, oversees a for-profit polling firm and publishes CommonWealth magazine. MCDAC, the nonprofit that Kriesberg has led for 20 years, helps pursue community building projects in affordable housing and small business development. Kriesberg plans to take over at MassINC in mid-January, succeeding Lauren Louison Grogan, who left in June 2022.

The Boston Globe announced that NPR’s chief new executive Nancy Barnes will become the Globe’s first women editor on Feb. 1, succeeding Brian McGrory, who is stepping down to become chair of the journalism department at Boston University.

Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio) CEO Joseph Boncore announced he is leaving the trade group that represents the state’s biotechnology industry by the end of the year to start his own lobbying firm. Some board members said the MassBio executive committee voted to fire Boncore and replace him with President and Chief Operating Office Kendalle Burlin O’Connell. A lawyer and former state senator from Winthrop, Mass., Boncore was appointed to lead the group in September 2001.

Biogen named Christopher Viehbacher as its new CEO and president, succeeding Michel Vounatsos, who has led the Cambridge, Mass. company for almost six years until the recent commercial failure of its controversial Alzheimer’s drug Aduhelm. Viehbacher was CEO of Sanofi for six years until he was ousted in 2014.



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