April 14, 2015 - Governor Charlie Baker swore in Chris Gabrieli as the Chairman of the Board of Higher Education in a ceremony today at the Massachusetts State House. Gabrieli is the co-founder of three non-profit education innovation and reform initiatives, and has served in several higher education board roles at Harvard, Boston University’s School of Public Health and Clark University.
Governor Baker announced the appointment of Chris Gabrieli and Dr. Sheila Harrity to the Board of Higher Education in March, and designated Mr. Gabrieli as the new Chairman.
“These new Board members not only have practical experience as leaders in education, but also have a strong commitment to excellence in higher education in both academic and vocational fields,” said Governor Baker when he announced the new appointments. “Chris Gabrieli’s background as an advocate for public education and an innovative social entrepreneur gives him first-hand insight into the challenges and opportunities to make positive change happen for students. I am proud of our Commonwealth’s world-class institutions of higher education and I’m confident that these new Board members will help ensure that our state and community colleges get the attention they deserve and continue to rise to the next level.”
“I look forward to working with these top-notch education leaders who have made an impact both inside and outside of the classroom,” said Secretary of Education Jim Peyser. “The combination of their background in education as advocates, practitioners, and thought leaders will add great value to our ability to make a difference in the lives of the students and families.”
“I am delighted to welcome Chris Gabrieli to the Board,” said Richard M. Freeland, Commissioner of Higher Education. “He has a deserved reputation as an education reformer with a deep and personal commitment to students in the Commonwealth. I know him to be an innovative thinker who has worked very hard to give young people in urban districts more time to learn and more opportunities for academic success.”
Pictured (from left): Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Board Chairman Chris Gabrieli, Secretary of Education Jim Peyser, Governor Charlie Baker