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The Judith Block McLaughlin Presidents‐in‐Residence Program was launched at the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a way to anchor academic discussions in higher education with real‐world experience. Founded by McLaughlin, a longtime senior lecturer at the school, the program brings distinguished former college or university presidents to HGSE to attend classes alongside students, meet with students in one‐on‐one office hours, and advise students on important academic and career decisions. Presidents-in-Residence join our master’s students in the residential higher education concentration and in the online higher education pathway for discussions about and reflections on leadership in higher education and the contemporary challenges in the field. In 2023, the program was renamed for McLaughlin upon her retirement.
“The Presidents-in-Residence program is an important component of the School of Education’s Higher Education offerings. I am very proud to have been asked to serve as a faculty member in the program and look forward to working with very talented students.”
“I am honored that I will have the opportunity to be a resource to HGSE students and my higher education colleagues by sharing the knowledge and experience I have gained as the president of Lasell University.”
Núñez has served as president of Eastern Connecticut since 2006 and brings a wealth of experience to HGSE through her experience in executive-level roles at higher education institutions. At ESCU, she shepherded several major infrastructure projects, including an expanded and remodeled student center, a state-of-the-art science building, and a Center for Community Engagement.
Prior to her presidency, she served as vice chancellor for academic and student affairs for the University of Maine systems and provost and vice president for academic affairs at Lesley University. She’s also worked at City University of New York as university dean for academic affairs and vice chancellor for student affairs.
Alexander recently announced his departure from Lasell, where he served as president since 2007. His tenure as president at Lasell was a time of vast growth and expansion in which campus enrollment increased 80 percent, full-time faculty doubled, and there was a 90 percent increase in annual giving. The university completed a three-year capital campaign that raised more than $15 million for new programs and the endowment, and partially funded a new Science and Technology Center.
Before his presidency, he served as assistant dean of freshman for Harvard College while completing his Ed.D. work at HGSE. He also has experience in media and entertainment, including a stint as vice president and chief financial officer of USA Network.