Pictured L-R: Standing Rep. James Arciero, Rep. Tim Whelan, Chairman Victor Woolridge, President Marty Meehan, Sen. Michael Moore, Rep. Tom Sannicandro, Rep. Sean Garballey, Commissioner Carlos Santiago, Rep. David Muradian, Sen. Benjamin Downing, Chairman Chris Gabrieli. Seated Rep. Carmine Gentile, Sen. Barbara L’Italien, Sen. Eileen Donoghue, Rep. Denise Provost, Sen. Richard Ross.
BOSTON – Following recent appointments and changes to public higher education leadership, Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) joined members of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Higher Education in meeting with top higher education officials as they commence their new leadership roles.
Sen. Moore, who serves as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee, helped organize the meeting to provide an informal, open dialogue and the opportunity to establish new working relationships. A wide range of legislative priorities were discussed including student tuition rates, campus accessibility for persons with disabilities, and higher education funding levels.
“I look forward to continuing our efforts to advance higher education in Massachusetts alongside my legislative colleagues and our partners in the field,” said Sen. Moore. “There are many important pieces of legislation before the Committee this session which I look forward to reviewing in the weeks and months that lie ahead.”
In addition to legislators, the meeting was attended by Chris Gabrieli, who was appointed in March by Governor Baker to serve as the Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. The new Commissioner of the Department of Higher Education, Carlos Santiago, also participated in the conversation. The UMass delegation included President Marty Meehan and Victor Woolridge, who serves as Chairman of the UMass Board of Trustees.
The Massachusetts public higher education system consists of six state universities, three specialized colleges, fifteen community colleges and five UMass institutions. Over sixty-five percent of Massachusetts high school graduates pursuing an undergraduate degree enroll in the state’s public higher education system.