Dr. 帕特丽夏好 joined the University of Missouri as an assistant professor of 1990年的英语. She was promoted to full professor in 2004, a year after winning 威廉号T. 肯珀卓越教学奖学金. 2005年至2011年，Okker 担任英语系主任. She then moved to the Provost’s Office, where she developed a new model for academic program reviews and led the university’s successful 十年认证小组. Beginning in 2017, Okker served as dean of the College 文理学院. In her role as dean, she raised the College’s graduation and retention rates by implementing a data-driven strategic plan for student success and 增加了教员的多样性.
In July of 2021, she became the President of New College of Florida (NCF), a small public liberal arts college in Sarasota, Florida. 这所学校在一月份上了头条 when seven new trustees (out of 13) were appointed with a mandate to transform the college into a conservative school similar to Hillsdale College, a private conservative 密歇根州的基督教学院. At its first meeting, the newly constituted Board of 受托人解雇博士. Okker, who had been in the office nineteen months. 在第二次 meeting, the 校董会 abolished NCF’s Office of Outreach and Inclusive Excellence, which handles the college’s diversity, equity, and inclusion programs.
Her teaching and re搜索 interests include 19th-century American literature, American women writers, American periodicals, career preparation in the liberal arts, and writing 和健康. Okker holds three degrees in 英语 language and literature: a bachelor’s degree with honors from Allegheny College, a master’s degree with distinction from 在乔治亚大学获得博士学位.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Joe Dwinell is a 1982 graduate of North Adams State College (MCLA) and earned a master's degree in journalism from Boston University in 1988. 他现在是执行主编 of the Boston Herald, where he has worked for the past 18 years as both an editor 以及调查/企业记者. He was previously an editor and reporter at MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he won numerous regional 写作和编辑奖. He was also a nightly on-air contributor to the former WB56/Boston "Ten O'Clock News" show and has appeared on CNN, Fox, CBS, MSNBC, ABC and other cable and radio shows as a segment guest.
Brian Fairbank is chairman of 费尔班克集团, whose portfolio of properties includes Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Cranmore Mountain Resort, and Bromley Mountain Ski Resort. Brian has served on the board of Berkshire Health Systems for 12 years and has been the moderator for the town of Hancock for 45 years. In 2006, Brian established a donor-advised fund with Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, allowing his family to direct gifts 给他们支持的慈善机构和事业. 布莱恩和薇姬都是老将了 supporters of MCLA, its programs, and its students.
肯尼斯•特纳 is president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC),
an economic development and investment agency dedicated to supporting the growth and
development of the life sciences in Massachusetts. 他负责指导和监督中心的工作
operations, investment strategy, programs, and partnerships.
Prior to joining the MLSC, Turner served as director of diversity and inclusion/compliance with the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport). 他负责监督和管理masssport multiple diversity programs, including business and supplier diversity, workforce diversity, and airport concessions, as well as all compliance initiatives associated with the Authority’s disadvantaged/minority/women business enterprise programs.
Prior to this, Turner served as deputy secretary for administration and finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services. 他有不止 20 years of general management and executive experience in Fortune 100 media and package goods companies, including having served as senior vice president of emerging markets at AOL Time Warner and having held marketing positions at Hallmark Cards and Hasbro 玩具.
退休的U.S. Navy Captain and submarine nuclear weapons system officer with 26 years of service, Turner holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Southern University 和一个&巴吞鲁日M学院.