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Board of Trustees vote on tenure and meet with Zaki

February 16, 2024

From February 8 to February 10, the College’s Board of Trustees convened in Boston to vote on implementing promotions and further collegiate changes, according to Director of Communications Doug Cook. President Safa Zaki spoke at the meeting and was joined by committee representatives, senior officers and a representative from the College’s faculty.

The Trustees voted and approved promotions with tenure for faculty members, including Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies Sakura Christmas, Assistant Professor of History Salar Mohandesi, Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Jay Sosa and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Naomi Tanabe. Dee Spagnuolo ’96 was also elected as vice chair of the Board. These promotions take effect on July 1.

According to Cook, a recommendation for the Common Good Awards to be given during Reunion weekend on June 1 and the selection of honorary degree recipients were approved. The Trustees also voted in support of a project to restore the College’s observatory.

Zaki discussed some of the current issues concerning educational institutions and updated the Trustees on the College’s admissions statistics and finances.

“Trustees heard from President Zaki on some of the pressures and criticisms currently facing higher education and from senior officers who provided updates on the College’s financial model, a report on admissions and information about the Polar Bear Feedback Team,” Cook wrote in an email to the Orient.

The Board of Trustees will reconvene for their spring meeting on May 9, which will run until May 11.


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