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Babson dean Dennis Hanno named vice president and provost

Posted by Your Town  April 25, 2013 04:18 PM

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A popular dean at Babson who initially announced he would leave the college after it named former Lt. Governor Kerry Healey as its next president will instead be staying on as vice president and provost.

Dennis Hanno’s appointment comes as Healey answers criticism from some members of the Babson community who have questioned her qualifications and the process that led to her selection to lead the business-oriented school in Wellesley..

Healey told the Globeearlier this month that she had met with hundreds of Babson students, faculty, staff, and trustees to answer questions and gain their trust.

“I haven’t been able to touch everyone yet,” she said this month. “There are still outstanding questions I need to answer. I plan to answer every question and sit down with every constituency.”

According to the Babson Free Press, Hanno announced on March 27th that he would leave his position at the end of the Fall 2013 semester.

At the time, the Free Press wrote that “Dean Hanno’s decision to step away from the college comes at an odd time, as it happens to coincide with the recent announcement of Dr. Kerry Healey as the college’s President-elect. The nearly simultaneous announcements have left students, staff, and faculty curious as to whether Dean Hanno was considered for the president’s role. Many students had expressed their desire for Hanno to become the new leader of the college.”

But on Wednesday, Healey issued a statement saying that Hanno will assume the role as vice president and provost on July 1.

“Dennis undoubtedly is one of Babson’s most exceptional and talented leaders. I am very confident his demonstrated leadership as Dean of our Undergraduate School, as Murata Dean of the Graduate School, and as Vice Provost will allow him to hit the ground running as Provost,” she wrote in the statement.

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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