Presidential Searches


Chapter 15A provides that the Board of Trustees for each state university and community college shall appoint and remove the institution’s president subject to the approval of the Board of Higher Education (BHE). In furtherance of these legislative requirements, and consistent with the BHE’s responsibility to establish overall goals in order to achieve a well-coordinated, quality system of public higher education in the Commonwealth, the BHE issues guidelines and procedures for the search, selection, appointment and removal of the chief executive officers at state universities and community colleges.

To view a copy of these guidelines, click here.

Current Searches

Bristol Community College

Laura L. Douglas headshot

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved Laura L. Douglas, Ph.D., as Bristol Community College’s next president. Dr. Douglas will take the helm on July 1, 2017, as the College’s fourth president in its 51-year history. President John J. Sbrega will retire in August after serving the College for 17 years.

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Massasoit Community College

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Quinsigamond Community College

Luis Pedraja headshot

The Quinsigamond Community College Board of Trustees selected Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D., to be the College’s next president. The selection will now be forwarded to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education for final approval in May.

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Salem State University

John D. Keenan headshot

Salem State University’s Board of Trustees has voted to recommend John D. Keenan to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE) as the university’s 14th president.

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University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Robert Johnson headshot

Robert E. Johnson was named chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth on March 7, 2017 by a unanimous vote of the UMass Board of Trustees.

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