President Johnson Elected to AICUM Board of Directors

Published on Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Becker College President Robert E. Johnson, Ph.D. was elected to the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts Board of Trustees (AICUM). AICUM represents 60 independent colleges and universities throughout the state and is the leading voice on public policy matters relating to independent higher education in Massachusetts.

“Private colleges and universities are a vital part of the higher education landscape and relieve taxpayers from the burden of supporting larger public institutions; AICUM’s role in helping the public understand the value created by its member institutions is important to every citizen of the Commonwealth,” said President Johnson. “AICUM provides a collective voice for independent institutions, and I look forward to assisting my fellow college presidents in enhancing opportunities for students.”

Dr. Johnson joins newly elected officers Fr. William P. Leahy, S.J., president of Boston College (chair); Ronald A. Crutcher, president of Wheaton College (vice-chair); Paula M. Rooney, president of Dean College (Secretary and Treasurer), and the following college presidents on the AICUM Board:

  • Fred Lawrence, Brandeis University
  • Carol Leary, Bay Path College
  • Michael Alexander, Lasell College
  • Francesco C. Cesareo, Assumption College
  • Gloria Cordes Larson, Bentley University
  • Helen G. Drinan, Simmons College
  • Joseph Moore, Lesley University
  • Lynn Pasquerella, Mount Holyoke College
  • Leonard A. Schlesinger, Babson College

“This year Massachusetts private colleges and universities provided more than $510 million in need-based grant aid to tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents, enabling them to afford higher education,” said AICUM board chair Fr. William P. Leahy. “Access and affordability will continue to be our primary focus at AICUM.”

President Johnson is a member of the Council on Competitiveness and also serves as chair of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute and on the board of directors of local organizations including the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, Worcester Educational Collaborative, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Worcester Regional Research Bureau. He was appointed to the board of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative by Deval Patrick, governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.