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Contemplative Center Nears Completion

September 26, 2016

A quiet ribbon-cutting on a wooded area near the end of Goodale Street reflected the secluded intent of the new Contemplative Center being built by the College of the Holy Cross.  The retreat, on a 52-acre site overlooking the Wachusett Reservoir, is nearing completion, with a formal opening ceremony planned once work is finished, according to the college.  The $22 million facility will consist of a 33,800-square-foot complex designed for the college's retreat programs.

Lehigh U. Appoints a Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry

September 26, 2016

As he prepares to move from one position with an unusual, opaque title, to another, Khanjan Mehta says both jobs boil down to teaching students to apply theory and knowledge to solve problems out in the world. Both, he says, also involve helping students attain such skills as being able to think independently and learn from failures.  As founding director of the humanitarian- engineering and social-entrepreneurship program at Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Mehta, an assistant professor of engineering design, has encouraged students to develop engineering solutions to development challenges around the world.  At the end of this year, he will become the inaugural vice provost for creative inquiry at Lehigh University, which is also in Pennsylvania. 

Ithaca College Part–Time Faculty Union Walk Out on Negotiations

September 26, 2016

Members of the Ithaca College part time–faculty union walked out of negotiations with the administration Sept. 23 after receiving what they said was a disappointing counterproposal on compensation. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the part-time faculty union’s requests for higher compensation and more job security, said Rachel Kaufman, a lecturer in the Department of Writing.

Springfield College Defends $4M Retirement Payout for Former President Richard Flynn

September 23, 2016

Richard B. Flynn, who retired in August 2013 as Springfield College president, received more than $4 million as president emeritus in fiscal 2015, according to tax documents filed by the college.  Stephen A. Roulier, Springfield College executive director of communications, said the payments to Flynn as president emeritus include his retirement plan's deferred income and interest over the 14 years, along with contracted payments for such things as accrued but unused vacation pay.
Flynn's base salary for his final year was $350,000, a figure Roulier said is in line with presidents of similar institutions.

Justice Dept. and Wheaton College (MA) Settle Sex-Assault Case

September 23, 2016

The U.S. Department of Justice has found that Wheaton College (MA) fell short of Title IX’s requirements in its response to a report of sexual assault, the department said in a resolution agreement. The department began an investigation in August 2015 after receiving a complaint about the college’s handling of the case. The department did find that Wheaton had improved its policies since 2012 but still “fell short” of Title IX’s requirements and compliance concerns.

Harvard, Searching for Endowment Manager, Reports a Loss

September 23, 2016

Harvard is looking for a new manager for its endowment, the largest of any university. And based on results announced on Thursday, there will be plenty of room for improvement.  The university reported an overall loss of 2 percent on its investments for the year ended on June 30, bringing their value to $35.7 billion. While many endowments have been posting slightly negative returns for the last fiscal year, Harvard’s showing comes after years of poor performance as a series of investment chiefs have come and gone.

New Albion College Equestrian Center Among Largest in Nation

September 22, 2016

Albion College alumna Randi Heathman decided in 2003 to write her honors program thesis on the impact an equestrian center could have at her college.  But when officials read it, they found a center that could boost enrollment and provide a riding program unlike any other.  In 2004, the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center at Albion College was built. And now, after much success, the private college took Heathman's dream a step further.  The college constructed a $1.8 million facility with a 125-foot wide and 410-foot long riding surface. It has 79 horse stalls, and is among the largest in the nation, Heathman said.

Meet the Bluegrass Musician Who's Now a N.J. College Prez

September 22, 2016

David Haney's first visit to northwest New Jersey was more than three decades ago and, he acknowledges, in a distinctly different less formal capacity. It was August of 1982 and Haney, a former street musician, was playing in a band called Joe Val and the New England Bluegrass Boys. Nearly 35 years later, Haney is back in one of New Jersey's rural areas again, this time as the president of Centenary University, a private college of about 2,100 students in Hackettstown.

Benedict College President David Swinton Retiring

September 21, 2016

Dr. David H. Swinton, who has served president and CEO of Benedict College for 23 years, has announced he will retire June 30, 2017.  Swinton, the 13th president of the historically Black college that was founded in 1870, has been named president emeritus by the board.

Keystone to Offer Loan Repayment Program for Grads Making Less Than $40K

September 21, 2016

Keystone College wants its graduates to pursue their dream jobs without the worry of student debt.  To prove it, the college will repay their students’ loans if they land jobs that pay less than $40,000 a year.  A first in the region, Keystone officials announced Tuesday a new, free student loan forgiveness program based on its graduates’ income. The Keystone Commitment Loan Repayment Assistance Program begins with first-time, full-time freshmen starting next fall.

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