BOSTON – Thursday, February 19, 2015 – The search for a new Commissioner of Higher Education to succeed Richard M. Freeland has officially begun with the posting of a detailed position profile and a call for nominations and expressions of interest. Potential candidates are asked to submit their qualifications to “strengthen the impact, accessibility, and quality of higher education in Massachusetts,” the Board of Higher Education (BHE) announced today. The profile is posted on the Commissioner Search website and may be viewed here: www.mass.edu/commsearch
“The Commissioner's overarching challenge is to carry out statutory authority, provide strategic vision, expert theoretical and practical knowledge, principled leadership and effective direction in an environment that is rapidly shifting and largely decentralized,” the profile reads, noting higher education's increasingly important role as an engine for workforce development and contributor to the economic wellbeing of the Commonwealth. The document also notes the opportunity for “innovative leadership” to achieve system-wide improvements in both performance and funding.
“Given the Board's strategic focus through the Vision Project on accountability, efficiency and quality, this search presents an opportunity for us to build on recent progress to establish a top-tier system of public higher education in Massachusetts,” said Dani Monroe, chair of the Search Committee and member of the Board of Higher Education. “We know that the Commonwealth needs our system to produce greater numbers of highly qualified graduates; we believe our next Commissioner should be fully focused on ways to help more students earn the degrees and certificates needed to secure jobs and lead fulfilling lives.”