Chronicle blogger says Spencer appointment a ‘best’ moment in 2011

President-elect Clayton Spencer becomes the college's eighth president on July 1, 2012. Photograph by Phyllis Graber Jensen.

Chronicle of Higher Education blogger Richard Kahlenberg, who writes about innovation in higher education, names Clayton Spencer’s appointment as the college’s eighth president a “best” moment for college equity in 2011.

Kahlenberg notes that Spencer helped launch Harvard’s financial aid and low-income admission policy and worked as an education adviser to Sen. Ted Kennedy. “As president of Bates, she could become a powerful and much-needed voice for equity in higher education,” he writes.

Kahlenberg is a senior fellow for The Century Foundation, a nonpartisan, progressive think-tank.

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