The Presidential Search Committee is comprised of 9 Board members, 4 faculty members, and 3 administrators/staff. The Search Committee will conduct a national search so that the Board of Trustees may select a new president who will commence his or her appointment on July 1, 2016.
Barbara Russell, Presidential Search Committee ChairBarbara Russell, a graduate of Lesley University, taught school for three years prior to joining a small entrepreneurial educational publisher in Billerica, MA. She was their first full time employee. Barbara was directly involved in the building of Curriculum Associates and left that company in 1992, after 19 years, as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In 1993, she formed her own entrepreneurial publishing company, Options Publishing, LLC. Based in Merrimack, NH, Options developed supplemental educational materials for "at risk" students in grades K-8 nationwide. In 2005, Options Publishing was sold. This allowed Barbara and her husband, Gordon, to form the Russell Foundation and pursue their passion for land protection. Today, Barbara serves on two, for-profit educational publishing boards as well as three not-for-profit boards: Lesley University, The Crittenton Women's Union, and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. Effective September 1st she will be leaving the Board of The Crittenton Women's Union and joining the Board of New Hampshire Public Radio.Brian Becker, Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts and SciencesBrian Becker is Associate Professor of Neuropsychology and Assistant Divisional Chair of Psychology & Applied Therapies at Lesley's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He has served as chair of the faculty Budge and Planning Committee and NEASC Committee for Financial Resources. He developed a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience and teaches courses in this field. He directs and mentors student members of the Social Cognitive Lab and Psychology Club. His ongoing research and recent publications focus on the intersections of philosophy, religion, and psychological theory. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and practicing neuropsychologist. Hal Belodoff, TrusteeHal Belodoff is the President and Chief Operating Officer of The Plymouth Rock
Company. Previously, Hal was Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts
Department of Medical Security and was responsible for implementing
several new health programs for the uninsured. Hal has held executive
positions with U.S. Healthcare, Inc., a major national HMO company, and
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Cornell
University and Boston University School of Law. Hal serves as a
trustee of Lesley University. Hal is married, is the father of two sons,
and lives in Newton, MA. Meenakshi Chhabra, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Social SciencesMeenakshi has been a scholar and practitioner in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies since 2001. The focus of her research is in education and youth development in conflict zones with an emphasis on South Asia. She has written and published in national and international journals. She was awarded a Fulbright teaching fellowship to India in 2007 and a second Fulbright research fellowship for 2011. Her research interests include conflict transformation, peace studies, adolescent development, citizenship, and civic engagement among youth. Meenakshi also taught at the United Nations University of Peace in Costa Rica and at the Lesley University Israel campus. In addition to teaching and research, Meenakshi has consulted with Open Circle, a nationally known program that trains educators to enhance social and emotional competency among elementary schools students. She also consults and facilitates dialogue workshops between youth and educators from conflicting countries with the Seeds of Peace Program, an internationally known organization working to build peace through youth interactions. Charles Cooper, Director of Technology Support ServiceCharles Cooper is the Director of Technology Support Service at Lesley University and joined the institution in 2003. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of technology support which encompass: classroom and lab support, administrative end user support, asset management, and strategic planning. Charles is a recipient of Lesley University's 2013 "Impact Award" where he was recognized for his contributions to the institution including insourcing the help desk and call center functions of Information Technology. Geoffry Fried, Professor, College of Art and DesignGeoffry Fried is Professor of Design at Lesley University College of Art and Design. His areas of research interest include design philosophy, definitions of design activity, and basic curriculum in graphic design education. He has made numerous presentations at design conferences, and his essays are included in The Education of a Graphic Designer, The Education of an E-Designer, and The Education of a Typographic Designer. His areas of professional practice include publication, environmental, exhibition, and user interface design. Danielle Legros Georges, Professor, Graduate School of EducationDanielle Legros Georges is a Professor in the Division of Creative Arts in Learning Division at Lesley's Graduate School of Education, and a literary artist. Her areas of work and concentration at Lesley are the arts and arts integration into the curriculum; and her general areas of academic focus and expertise include contemporary American poetry, African-American poetry, Caribbean literature and studies, and literary translation. She is the current Poet Laureate of the city of Boston. Lisa Ijiri, Associate Provost for Academic Program and Resource PlanningDr. Lisa Ijiri has been Professor and Associate Provost for Academic Program and resource Planning since 2012. She has led key initiatives including the 10-year NEASC re-accreditation process and the founding of the Global Education Center. With disciplinary backgrounds in psychology and learning disabilities, Lisa has over twenty years of academic experience in higher education administration, including senior leadership roles at both Lesley University and Curry College. Lisa's international experience includes service as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Tokyo. Currently serving as co-chair of the Massachusetts ACE Women's Leadership Network, Lisa has presented at national and international conferences on a wide variety of topics in higher education including accreditation and organizational change, global learning, and assessment.
Juanita James, TrusteeJuanita James is President and CEO of Fairfield County's Community Foundation. Formerly, she was Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Pitney Bowes, Inc. Before Pitney Bowes, she was Executive Vice President, Marketing and Editorial at Doubleday Direct and also had a 20 year career with Time Inc. Juanita is currently a Director of and Compensation Committee chair of the Asbury Automotive Group, one of the nation's largest automobile retailers, and a previous Director of the Rouse Company. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Connecticut Council of Philanthropy, CF Leads, and a Corporator for First County Bank. In addition, she is a Trustee of the University of Connecticut and Lesley University, as well as a Trustee Emerita of Princeton University. Juanita has a Master's degree in Business Policy from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Romance Languages from Princeton. Michael Mooney, TrusteeMichael Mooney is the Chairman of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP, one of New England's leading law firms. In addition to serving as a trustee of Lesley, Michael is a director of Jobs for Massachusetts, an executive leadership organization of CEOs from prominent Boston businesses, a director of the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation, a director of A Better City, Inc., where he served chair of the Board from 2006 - 2010, and a former director of Music Lives. He is also a director of United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and currently serves as a member of the organization's Legal Advisory Council. Michael is a member of the Board of Overseers of the New England Aquarium, and a member of the Chief Executives Club of Boston. He is a member and vice chair of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, a commission formed to convene leaders from Boston's key sectors to support the outcomes of the city's Climate Action Plan, and serves as chair of Sail Boston, Inc., which will be bringing the Tall Ships to Boston in 2017.
Michelle O'Brien, Trustee Michelle O'Brien has served as an Alumni Trustee on the Board since May 2010. She is the vice chair of the Campus Planning and Property Management committee and also serves on the Trustee Affairs committee of the Board. As an Alumni Trustee, Michelle also serves on the Alumni Council, the governing body of Lesley's Alumni Association, comprised of more than 85,000 alumni around the world. She co-chaired Lesley's Centennial Steering Committee in 2009-2010. In 2004, Michelle received the Myrtle Pierce Aulenback Alumni Achievement Award for her service to the University. She is an alumna of Lesley's undergraduate college. Michelle is a partner at Pierce Atwood LLP, a regional law firm, in its Boston office. She practices environmental and land use law and related litigation. Jen Pappas, Program Manager, Graduate School of Arts and Social SciencesJen Pappas, Program Manager, is the initial contact person for the Division of Counseling and Psychology in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, working closely with faculty, students, and alumni. She provides a wide variety of high-level administrative support to the division with special attention to project and task management, and also coordinates the accreditation efforts for the division. Previously, Jen managed the development department for a non-profit animal sanctuary in upstate New York, helping to raise funds for animals in need. Don Perrin, TrusteeDon Perrin spent his career as President of Crimson Tech in Cambridge which he founded in 1965. Don is a trustee of Lesley University and was Chair of the Board from July 1, 2005 until June 30 2009. He is a trustee of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Overseer Emeritus of the Boston Museum of Science, Member of the Corporation of Partners HealthCare, Overseer and Board Member of the Foundation of Newton Wellesley Hospital, Honorary Trustee of Temple Israel in Boston, founding member of the New England-Israel Business Council, and Board Member of the Palm Beach Fellowship for Christians and Jews. Don is an active angel investor and has an interest in seed start-ups. Debbie Raizes, Chair of the Board of TrusteesDeborah Raizes is Chair of the Lesley University Board of Trustees. Debbie has been on the Board since 1991 and is an alumna of Lesley College. She chaired the last Presidential Search Committee. She is a Senior Consultant at Hazard, Young, & Attea, an executive search firm. She specializes in searches for public school superintendents and other administrators. Tom Riley, Trustee Tom Riley is a senior relationship manager and head of the Atlantic Trust Boston office. He works closely with families, individuals, and institutions to provide comprehensive investment and wealth planning expertise. Prior to joining the firm in 1993, Tom was a global equity analyst for Scudder, Stevens & Clark, providing in-depth fundamental research across a broad range of industries and supporting multiple investment disciplines. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Lesley University, where he serves as a member of the Executive Committee and is chair of the Investment Committee; has served as trustee for Babson College, where he is currently a member of the Investment Committee; and has also been a trustee for the Cambridge School Weston. Tom serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, is an active supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and is involved in numerous community organizations. Tom earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration with honors from Babson College. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Hans Strauch, Vice Chair of the Board of TrusteesHans Strauch is president and founding principal of Cambridge, MA-based HDS Architecture, Inc. For over 25 years his firm has designated distinguished commercial, residential, and institutional buildings and complexes in the United States and Europe. A long-time supporter of Lesley University, he serves as Chair of the Campus Planning and Property Management Committee. Along with his brother, Roger Strauch, he is co-president of the Mosse Foundation, a family foundation with a focus on education and the arts. In 2008, he endowed the Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist Lecture Series at Lesley University. A 1980 graduate of Cornell University (Bachelor of Architecture with honors), Mr. Strauch launched the Strauch Visiting Professor of Sustainability in 2014 at the College of Architecture, Art and Planning and prior to that the Strauch Visiting Lecture Series on Sustainable Design. For 20 years he has been a partner of the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy and also serves as a member of the Facilities and Real Estate Committee for Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston.
Lesley University Presidential Search Profile (.pdf)
Lesley University Presidential Search
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Updates from the Chair of the Presidential Search Committee
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