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Carlos E. Santiago Named New Commissioner of Higher Education

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Dr. Carlos Santiago

Sr. Deputy Commissioner for Academic Affairs, MA Department of Higher Education

On May 20, Education Secretary James A. Peyser announced the new Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr. Carlos Santiago, who currently serves as the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Senior Deputy Commissioner for Academic Affairs. This announcement follows the Board of Higher Education’s (BHE) vote the same day, which unanimously recommended (12-0) in favor of Dr. Santiago’s candidacy.

“I congratulate Dr. Carlos Santiago on his appointment as the next Commissioner of Higher Education,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Massachusetts is a leader in education, but we are faced with an increasingly competitive global marketplace and continuing achievement gaps.  With Carlos at the helm, I’m confident our public higher education system will rise to the challenge.” 

“I wholeheartedly endorse the selection of Dr. Carlos Santiago by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and thank him for his willingness to step into this important role,” Secretary Peyser said. “I look forward to working more closely with him to improve the quality and affordability of public higher education.  I’m particularly excited about building on Carlos’s leadership in increasing rates of on-time college completion and strengthening partnerships between our colleges, public schools, and employers.”

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About the Search

In October, Commissioner Richard Freeland announced his intention to leave his post at the end of the 2014-15 academic year. With his announcement, the Board of Higher Education created an ad hoc committee to conduct a national search for a new Commissioner. The committee included representatives from each of the segments, faculty, private higher education, students, external stakeholders, and Board members.

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