MCLA Announces Appointment Of New Trustees


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. - The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Board of Trustees last night introduced two new trustees who recently were appointed by the Governor. Joining the board are J.D. Chesloff, executive director of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable (MBR), and Mohan Boodram, associate dean for enrollment and students services at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. They will serve as trustees to the Board for five-year terms.

In addition, Dan Peluso '13 of Amsterdam, N.Y., will serve as the student trustee for 2012-13.

Chesloff has professional experience in public higher education through past work assignments within the University of Massachusetts system. He serves on the executive committee of the Governor's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council, and as Board chair of the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.

Chesloff said, "Having grown up in Berkshire County, I am keenly aware of the important and respected role that MCLA plays both in the community and local economy. As someone who spends his days interacting with business leaders across the state, I value the critical role that higher education plays in preparing students to thrive both in the workplace and in life. I am honored to serve as a trustee of MCLA, to reengage in the Berkshire community, and to participate in the College's efforts to prepare its students for success."

In addition to his work at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, Boodram previously served as associate dean for students and the director of admissions and financial aid at Harvard Medical School, as well as the assistant director for graduate admissions and financial aid at the Boston University School of Management.

"I'm honored and excited to be joining the MCLA community at a time when so many great things are happening on campus and in North Adams," said Boodram. "I look forward to working with President Grant and my fellow trustees to keep MCLA moving forward."

According to Steve Crowe, chair of MCLA's Board of Trustees, "Mr. Chesloff's extensive experience working on important state boards, with the Legislature, and within the UMASS system provide him with valuable perspective on the policy and administrative dimensions of public higher education in the Commonwealth that will benefit the students, faculty and staff of MCLA.

"Mr. Boodram will bring to our Board more than 20 years of higher education experience and expertise. His areas of specialization include graduate and professional school admissions, financial aid administration, student services and enrollment management, combined with great creativity and a passion for innovation," Crowe continued.

"I look forward to working with both of these new trustees as they bring their energy, their enthusiasm and their expertise to the College, as we work together to further advance MCLA and serve the College, the community and the Commonwealth."

Peluso, an English/communications major, looks forward to serving MCLA in his new position. 

"The people who work endless hours here are so inspiring. It's an honor to know that I can do something to give back to people like this, and let them know I can be a product of their knowledge and teaching," Peluso said.

Chesloff and Boodram replace outgoing trustees Richard Lamb and Dr. Eugene Leibowitz, who this year completed their terms of service.

MCLA President Mary K. Grant said she is grateful to Lamb and Leibowitz for their service to the College.

"I am particularly appreciative for their wise guidance, their stalwart dedication, and their steadfast friendship," Grant said. "They will continue to be important members of the MCLA family, and I am confident that they also will remain great advocates of the College and our unique role within the Commonwealth's university system."

On behalf of the Board and the students, faculty, and staff of the College, Grant thanked Governor Patrick and the members of the Public Education Nominating Council for their support in appointing MCLA's two new trustees. "They will continue to make MCLA and public higher education in Massachusetts strong and successful," she said.

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