FORMER LESLEY PRESIDENT TO CHAIR MASS. BOARD OF EDUCATION

With just under five months left on his term, Gov. Deval Patrick on Tuesday named three new state Board of Education members, including former Lesley University President Margaret McKenna as the new chairperson. Patrick also appointed former Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee budget director and policy advisor Katherine Craven, now chief administrative officer of Babson College, to the board, along with Mary Ann Stewart, president of the Massachusetts PTA from 2010-2012 and a member of the Lexington School Committee since 2009. According to the governor’s office, enrollment at Lesley University rose from 2,000 to 10,000 during McKenna’s 22 years as president. McKenna was president of the Walmart Foundation for four years after she left Lesley. She began her career as a civil rights attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and was White House deputy counsel under President Jimmy Carter. McKenna also helped establish the U.S. Department of Education in the late 1970s while working as deputy undersecretary and was vice president of Radcliffe College until 1985 when she joined Lesley. McKenna plans to step down from the Boston School Committee before she is sworn in as Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education chair, filling the vacancy created when Maura Banta’s term expired in June. Craven will fill the “business seat” on the board, taking the slot most recently held by Beverly Holmes. Ruth Kaplan’s term on the board expired in June and Stewart will fill that PTA vacancy. – M. Norton/SHNS