Richard Freeland

Richard Freeland
Class of 1959
D Freeland HS Richard M. Freeland is Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, appointed to that position by Governor Deval Patrick in January 2009.

He is the architect of the state’s strategic agenda for public higher education, known as the Vision Project, approved by the Board of Higher Education in 2010. Since then, the Vision Project has united the state’s community colleges, state universities and UMass campuses in an effort to strengthen performance in seven areas of educational achievement and research, with the goal of attaining national leadership among state systems of public higher education.

From September 2006 to January 2009, he held two visiting appointments, first as the “President in Residence” at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, then as the Mosakowski Visiting Professor at Clark University. Richard Freeland

He has spent most of his academic career as an administrator in urban universities. From 1996 to 2006, he served as President of Northeastern University. Prior to that, he spent 4 years as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the City University of New York and 22 years in various roles at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

The author of two books, Academia’s Golden Age: Universities in Massachusetts 1945-1970 and The Truman Doctrine and the Origins of McCarthyism, Mr. Freeland received a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in 1963 and a doctorate in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969.
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