Former UMass Boston administrator Charles Desmond was recently appointed as the new chairman of the Board of Higher Education by Gov. Deval L. Patrick. Desmond is replacing Frederick W. Clark, Jr.
Desmond currently serves as executive vice president of the Trefler Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving educational opportunities and success for Boston's urban youth. Desmond previously worked for 30 years at UMass Boston, where he held a number of positions, including associate chancellor for School/Community Collaboration, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, dean of the College of Public and Community Service, and project director for Upward Bound and director of Pre-freshman Programs. He was appointed to the Board of Higher Education in September.
Clark served as board chairman for the past 15 months and helped manage the search process for a new commissioner of Higher Education.
“I am pleased to appoint Charlie Desmond as chair of the Board of Higher Education,” said Patrick. “His background in public higher education, his many years of service at the University of Massachusetts and his passion for ensuring the success of all students will guide his important work.”
The 13-member Board of Higher Education includes a chair, appointed by the governor, as well as eight additional gubernatorial appointments, the secretary of education and segmental representatives for the University, the state colleges and the community colleges.