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Alumni notes

below is a sampling of achievements and advancements by lynch school alumni

Roberta Bassett, who earned her Ph.D. in higher education, is an Education Specialist at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She previously served as a lecturer in higher education at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom.

Tiffany Cooper graduated in 2007 with a Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation and has been named Chief Executive Officer of Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL), a leading provider of quality after-school and summer educational programs, which serves more than 12,000 children in under-resourced, urban communities across the country. Cooper has played a significant role in BELL's growth, program development, and success since joining the organization in 1998. She has been honored for her work by the Massachusetts Conference for Women, and has received the New Profit Unsung Hero Award, and Boston College’s Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award. 

Lisa Famularo graduated in 2007 with a Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement and was recently appointed research director of the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy in Cambridge, Mass. The Rennie Center produces independent research initiatives to promote public discourse on educational improvement and inform policy discussions. Famularo’s upcoming education reform research agenda will focus on Massachusetts students’ opportunities to learn science, the development of cross-agency partnerships to meet the needs of at-risk students, and the role of alternative teacher education programs.

James Forest graduated with a Ph.D. in higher education and now serves as associate professor of political science and director of the Counter Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point.

Christine Z. Freund earned her J.D./M.A. in 2006 from the higher education/law dual degree program and has joined the education law practice of Holland and Knight’s Boston office.

Diana Leddy graduated from the Lynch School in 1981 and has been recognized as Vermont Teacher of the Year for 2009. Leddy has worked as an elementary school teacher at The Newton School in South Strafford, Vermont since 1983. Read more »

Helena Miranda has accepted a position as assistant professor of Research and Evaluation at the Florida Gulf Coast University College of Education. She graduated in 2007 with a Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation. In her new role, Miranda will teach research methods, evaluation, and classroom assessment classes to undergraduate and graduate students in addition to helping the School of Education align assessment practices with Florida standards.

Francesca B. Purcell graduated from the Lynch School’s higher education administration doctoral program in May 2004 and has been named Associate Commissioner for Academic and P-16 Policy at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Father Richard Salmi earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the Lynch School and has been named the next president of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., effective June 1, 2009. Salmi is currently vice president for student affairs at Loyola University Chicago, a position he has held since 2002. He also serves on the Board of Trustees at LeMoyne College, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago and is a founding member and director of the Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities. Read more »

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