Wellesley Names MD as Its First African-American Leader; Longest-Serving MA Public Prez Plans to Retire; LePage Taps Himself as Maine Ed Commish


Comings and Goings …

Paula A. Johnson, a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was named the 14th president of Wellesley College. Johnson is chief of the Division of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School and Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she founded the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology. She will be the first African-American to serve as president of Wellesley College. She succeeds renowned immunobiologist H. Kim Bottomly, who announced she’d step down as Wellesley president in summer 2016, after serving for nine years.

Mount Wachusett Community College President Daniel M. Asquino announced he will retire in January 2017. Appointed in 1987, he is currently the longest-serving public higher education president in Massachusetts.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage named himself the state’s education commissioner. LePage said acting commissioner William Beardsley will remain in place for the remainder of the governor’s current term in office, which expires in 2018. LePage asserted that Beardsley’s nomination was going to be defeated by the Legislature’s Education Committee.



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