UMass Dartmouth Chancellor to Skipper Western New England University

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …

Robert E. Johnson

UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson announced he is leaving the South Coast campus in September after three years to become president of Western New England University. He’ll succeed Anthony Caprio, who has been president of the Springfield, Mass.-based Western New England for 24 years. Johnson also led Becker College in Worcester for seven years. He recently wrote for NEJHE on the “blue economy.”

UMass Dartmouth also named Paula Celeste Gomes Noversa as its new director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, established in 1975, as a multidisciplinary education and outreach organization dedicated to the study of the language literature, and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world.

Fairfield University named Laurie L. Grupp, who is currently director of the Providence College Center for Teaching Excellence, to be dean of Fairfield’s Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.

Chris DiPentima, president of Pegasus Manufacturing Inc., a division of manufacturer Leggett & Platt Aerospace, was appointed president and CEO of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA), succeeding Joseph Brennan, who has led the state’s largest and oldest business lobby for nearly 32 years.


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