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Jan. 26, 2022

Former Wheelock College President Jackie Jenkins-Scott was named interim president of Roxbury Community College. ... Dartmouth College President Philip Hanlon announced that he will step down in June 2023 after 10 years leading the New Hampshire Ivy League college. ... Harvard's Kennedy School hired former two-term Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick as a professor of the practice of public leadership and as co-director of the school’s Center for Public Leadership. ... Biomedical scientist Tejal Desai was appointed dean of Brown University’s School of Engineering. ... More New Englanders are taking key posts in Washington, D.C. including Massachusetts state Rep. Lori Ehrlich as Region 1 administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. ... See more on these and other changes in NEJHE's Comings and Goings tally of new appointments in New England higher ed and beyond.

Pictured: Jackie Jenkins-Scott
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Peter Smith is the Orkand chair and professor of innovative practices at the University of Maryland University College. He is also the founder of the Open College at Kaplan University and founding president of the Community College of Vermont and California State University, Monterey Bay. He represented Vermont in the U.S Congress and served in the Vermont state Senate and as lieutenant governor. He also was assistant director general for education of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Smith quips that he was once introduced as "a man with a great future behind him." But he's also looking forward. His latest book, Stories from the Educational Underground: The New Frontier for Learning and Work (Kendall Hunt, August 2021), uses the life stories of people who have learned outside school while advancing solutions that illustrate education’s new frontier, bringing innate American talent into public view. They are “stories of previously marginalized people and the influence of life experience on their knowledge, well-being, and perspectives,” he notes. NEJHE Executive Editor John O. Harney talks with Smith about his insights.
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NEBHE is looking to hire a Director of the Regional Student Program, NEBHE's longest-running program, also known as Tuition Break. We're looking for someone who can strategically plan for the program's continued success; develop surveys and reports; engage key stakeholders, including administrators and enrollment managers at the region's public colleges and universities, school counselors and college advisors; and expand outreach and promotion to college-bound students, families and other constituents.

NEBHE also seeks a Director of Policy & Research: someone who can anticipate emerging issues, interpret policy developments, develop research reports, presentations and best practice tools for postsecondary education leaders, state policymakers and the public and direct NEBHE's Policy & Research team.

NEBHE also seeks an Open Education Consultant to support NEBHE’s Hewlett Foundation grant-funded activities. The consultant will assist in planning an Open Education summit that includes a focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), assist in writing briefs, reports, update and create new content for the Open Education webpages on the NEBHE site, represent NEBHE at Open Education meetings and serve as a member of a proposal development team to expand Open Education usage in the region.
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