Representative Gregg Haddad Named Chair of New England Board of Higher EducationApril 12, 2023
State Representative Gregg Haddad (D-Mansfield) has been elected Chair of the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), an organization dedicated to advancing equitable postsecondary outcomes through convening, research, and programs for students, institution leaders, and policymakers.
"I am honored to serve as Chair of the New England Board of Higher Education and am looking forward to working alongside my colleagues in our shared pursuit of expanding educational access and opportunities for all individuals,” said Rep. Haddad. “Through our work, I know we will continue NEBHE's efforts to strengthen the connection between higher education and economic prosperity.”
“We are grateful for Representative Haddad’s efforts related to NEBHE’s mission to advance equitable postsecondary outcomes through convening, research, and programs for students, institution leaders, and policymakers," said Michael Thomas, President and CEO of NEBHE. “Throughout his many years of leadership, he has worked diligently to expand access to lifelong, affordable, high-value postsecondary education.”
Haddad has helped with the strategic planning process as NEBHE's Vice Chair for the past two years. NEBHE recently adopted its 2023-2027 priorities to guide its policy work. This includes advancing innovative, strategic alliances to increase affordability and financial stability, expanding equity-focused practices throughout postsecondar education, and broadening connections between postsecondary education and high-demand talent needs.
The NEBHE's Tuition Break Program provides resource-sharing and cost-saving programs for the six New England states public universities and colleges. This includes reduced tuition and fees for individuals if their chosen program of study is not offered in the student's home states. This program has delivered more than $1 billion in tuition savings since 1957.
NEBHE was founded in 1955 when six New England governors – realizing that the future prosperity of New England rested on higher education – committed their states to the shared pursuit of academic excellence. Soon thereafter, NEBHE was approved by New England’s six state legislatures and authorized by the U.S. Congress. Today, NEBHE promotes greater education opportunities and services for the residents of New England and its more than 270 colleges and universities. It works across the six New England states to help leaders assess, develop and implement sound education practices and policies of regional significance; to promote regional cooperation and programs that encourage the efficient use and sharing of educational resources; and to strengthen the relationship between higher education and the economic well-being and quality of life in New England.