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A new marquee name at Lasell

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 4, 2007 08:03 AM

NEWTON

And the award for the presidency of Lasell College goes to ...

... Michael B. Alexander, an independent film distributor who has been associated with such movies as “The Big White,” with Robin Williams and Holly Hunter.

Alexander will start the job July 1, with the retirement of Dr. Thomas E.J. de Witt, who has been president for 19 years. Alexander said he would leave it to others to run his company, Echo Bridge Entertainment, when he dons the cap and gown. Alexander has previously served as assistant dean of freshmen at Harvard College and executive assistant to the president of Barnard College.

“I set out in life to be a college president and got waylaid,” said Alexander, who lives in Sudbury. “To reach my original goal, in the same community where I live, was unbelievably fortunate.”

Alexander said he believes Lasell is in a strong academic and financial position. Lasell now has 1,300 students, up from just 400 fifteen years ago, and has built a new building almost every year in recent years.

-- Connie Paige

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