Public Event

Rebuilding Confidence in Our Private Institutions of Higher Education

How to Protect Students and Strengthen the Field


April 30, 2019

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


The Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at the Boston Foundation

75 Arlington St., 3rd Floor, Boston


Please join the Boston Foundation, Department of Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago and Board of Higher Education Chair Chris Gabrieli for a forum that will feature the findings of a report from the Working Group that they convened to address the challenges facing private colleges and their students. The Board has voted to proceed with implementation of a new regulatory framework aimed at reducing the risks for students while addressing the needs of this important sector of the Massachusetts economy and rebuilding confidence in the entire system.


Keith Mahoney,Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs, The Boston Foundation

Presentation of Report & Proposed Regulations

Carlos Santiago, Ph.D.Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
Chris GabrieliChair, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education

Panel Discussion with Q&A

Helen Drinan, MBA, President, Simmons College
Harry E. Dumay, Ph.D., MBAPresident, Our Lady of the Elms College
Michael B. HornCo-Founder, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation; Chief Strategy Officer, Entangled Group; Author, "Choosing College"
Keith MahoneyVice President of Communications & Public Affairs, The Boston Foundation (Moderator)
Jeffrey N. RoyState Representative, Commonwealth of Massachusetts


By working in collaboration with a wide range of partners, the Boston Foundation provides opportunities for people to come together to explore challenges facing our constantly changing community and to develop an informed civic agenda. All of the Boston Foundation's civic leadership activities are supported by the Civic Leadership Fund at the Boston Foundation. Visit to learn more about this important fund.