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Meeting Schedule

Upcoming Advisory Council Meetings


Commissioner Search Advisory Council Meeting
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Commissioner Search Advisory Council Meeting
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Commissioner Search Advisory Council Meeting
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Commissioner Search Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday, August 11, 2022
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Past Stakeholder Group Meetings

Academic Search will host a series of open forums with different stakeholder groups to assist with the development of the Commissioner position profile. Please see the schedule below:

Public Sector Students Monday, May 2 11:00 AM
DHE Senior Staff Monday, May 2 12:30 PM
BHE Members Tuesday, May 3 10:00 AM
Public Sector Presidents Tuesday, May 3 2:30 PM
Legislators Tuesday, May 3 4:00 PM
Public Sector Boards of Trustees Wednesday, May 4 9:30 AM
Public Sector Administrators and Staff Wednesday, May 4 11:30 AM
Public Sector Faculty Wednesday, May 4 3:30 PM
Independent Sector Presidents Thursday, May 5 10:00 AM
DHE All Staff Thursday, May 5 1:00 PM
Community and Think Tank Partners Thursday, May 5 3:30 PM
Open Forum: Register Here Friday, May 6 11:00 AM
Agenda for Stakeholder Meetings:
Past Advisory Council Meetings


Commissioner Search Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday, May 12, 2022
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual Meeting


Commissioner Search Advisory Council Meeting
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
11:00 AM
Virtual Meeting


Search Timeline

Academic Search - Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Commissioner Search:
Timeline & Key Dates

Search Leadership

Advisory Council

Chris Gabrieli – BHE Chair

BHE Members:

Veronica Conforme
Paul Mattera, J.D. – State University Segmental Member
James Peyser – Secretary of Education
Paul Toner, J.D. – Labor
Bill Walczak – Community College Segmental Member

Non-BHE Members:

Leldamy Correa – Chief of Staff, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Katherine Craven – Chair, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Chief Administrative/Financial Officer, Babson College
Aisha Francis, Ph.D. – President, Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Mary Grant, Ph.D. – President, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and State University Council of Presidents
Jorgo Gushi – Community College Student Segmental Advisor, Board of Higher Education, and Student, Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Adrian Haugabrook, Ph.D. – Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Social Impact Collective, Southern New Hampshire University
Michael Horn – Senior Strategist, Guild Education
Scott Jenkins – Strategy Director for State Policy, Lumina Foundation
Juana Matias, J.D. – HUD’s Region I Regional Administrator, Office of Field Policy and Management
Pat Meservey, Ph.D. – President Emeritus, Salem State University
Dana Mohler-Faria, Ed.D. – President Emeritus, Bridgewater State University
Katherine Newman, Ph.D. – System Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Massachusetts President’s Office, and University of Massachusetts Representative
David Podell, Ph.D. – President, Massachusetts Bay Community College, and Community College Council of Presidents Representative
Bob Pura, Ph.D. – President Emeritus, Greenfield Community College
Francesca Purcell, Ph.D. – Faculty Director, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Elena Quiroz-Livanis – Chief of Staff and Assistant Commissioner for Academic Policy & Student Success, Department of Higher Education
Marjorie Ringrose, Ph.D. – Director of Education, The Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation

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