Contact: Charlotte Stratton, Sr. Director, Communications
September 12, 2006
BOSTON, MASS. — Governor Mitt Romney recently appointed Rev. Mark T. Cregan, C.S.C., Esq. as a delegate to the nonprofit New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE).
Rev. Cregan took office in 2000 to become the ninth president of Stonehill College, his alma mater. He also teaches a course on non-profit law and is a frequent contributor to the campus newspaper, The Summit.
“We welcome the participation of a Catholic college president on this six-state board and look forward to Rev. Cregan’s experience and perspective,” said NEBHE President and CEO Evan S. Dobelle.
Rev. Cregan previously served as the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in the Bronx, N.Y., where he turned the parish’s deficit into a surplus and created a school advisory board. He also maintained a general practice law office serving low-income clients and provided leadership to the Archdiocese of New York’s community development efforts, which produced over $100 million in affordable subsidized housing.
NEBHE is a congressionally authorized, six-state agency whose mission is to promote greater educational opportunities and services for residents of New England. NEBHE programs are principally focused on the relationship between New England higher education and regional economic development. The agency is now in its 50th year.
NEBHE’s Tuition Break program, the Regional Student Program, provides New England residents with a major tuition break at out-of-state public colleges and universities in the six-state New England region if they pursue certain academic programs not offered by their home institutions. Last academic year alone, more than 8,400 New England residents participated in the program and saved nearly $44 million in tuition.
NEBHE’s newest initiative, College Ready New England, will unite leaders of education, business and government from all six New England states to develop strategies to increase the economic competitiveness and well being of the region and its residents.
NEBHE also publishes Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, now in its 20th year, which is read by opinion leaders and practitioners in education, government, business and the nonprofit sector. NEBHE’s Excellence Through Diversity Program is designed to increase access to higher education for underrepresented minority students preparing for careers in science, engineering and technology.
Rev. Cregan joins a distinguished group of delegates from academia, private industry and government in representing the six New England states on the 48-member NEBHE board.
Other Massachusetts delegates to NEBHE include: Carole A. Cowan, president of Middlesex Community College; Chancellor of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Patricia Plummer; M. Howard Jacobson; state Rep. Thomas P. Kennedy; Springfield resident Mary E. McNally; state Senator and Senate Majority Whip Joan Menard; and David J. Wahr, president of The CW Companies, Inc.