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Dr. Howard London, provost and vice president for academic affairs, was honored at a ceremony held at the University of Massachusetts-Boston to recognize the 20th anniversary of its doctoral program in higher education.
At a dinner held at the UMass-Boston campus, Dr. London received a plaque from Dr. Jay R. Dee, the program’s current director, recognizing his leadership in developing the program.
“It was quite an honor, and I’m glad to have had a role in its creation,” he said. “Most of its graduates over the past two decades have worked in higher education and its alumni have lived up to the original objective of the program, which is addressing how to reform and improve higher education.”
During the 1992-1993 academic year, Dr. London was asked to go to UMass-Boston to help develop the program. “Overall, my task was to concentrate on developing policies related to admissions policies, thesis policies, and hire the first cohort of faculty, as well as admit the first cohort of students,” he said.
As part of the anniversary celebration, Dr. London was asked to deliver some thoughts and reflections on the doctoral program’s earliest years.
“As a result of the program, there are many dozens of people – including a number from Bridgewater State – who were or are in responsible positions and using their knowledge and skills to strengthen teaching and learning in the field,” he said.
According to UMass-Boston, the Ed. D in Education/Higher Education Administration track focuses on preparing leaders who are committed to fostering, facilitating, and managing change in diverse settings.” (Photos courtesy of UMass-Boston, story by David K. Wilson, ’71, University Advancement)