Mary Grant, Heller PhD’00, president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts since 2002, was appointed chancellor of the University of North Carolina, Asheville. Clemson professor Windsor Westbrook Sherrill, Heller PhD’00, P’18, was named associate vice president for health research at Clemson and chief science officer at Greenville (S.C.) Health System. University of Utah associate instructor David Bokovoy, MA’00, PhD’12, an Old Testament scholar, is teaching a first-of-its-kind course on the Book of Mormon as literature. Though several U.S. colleges and universities have created or enhanced their Mormon studies courses, David told The Salt Lake Tribune that his class is unique because it focuses solely on the language, syntax and themes of the Book of Mormon rather than the social history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Michael Nolan, PhD’01, P’17, is a professor of European history at Western Connecticut State University. He is the author of “The Inverted Mirror: Mythologizing the Enemy in France and Germany, 1898-1914.” Marianna Bassham, MFA’02, played Viola in the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company production of “Twelfth Night” on Boston Common. Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, PhD’02, won the biennial Dunning Prize from the American Historical Association for her book “American Nietzsche.” She teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Challenger Beth Gerard, Heller MM’02, won a seat on the Salem (Mass.) City Council. She also serves as clerk to the city’s planning board and works at the Lynch/van Otterloo YMCA. After 10 years as an adviser in structured finance, Laurent Descout, IBS MA’03, helped found, a peer-to-peer brokerage firm in Europe. Bonita Hamilton, MFA’04, stars as Shenzi in Broadway’s “The Lion King.” Christina Hong, IBS MBA’04, founded and serves as CEO of Lucerent Clinical Solutions in Cambodia. Jessica Lepler, MA’05, PhD’08, a University of New Hampshire historian, wrote “The Many Panics of 1837: People, Politics and the Creation of a Transatlantic Financial Crisis.” The book is a social and business microhistory of the events leading up to and culminating in a major financial crisis. Edward Gondwe, IBS MA’06, works at the African Development Bank in Tunis, Tunisia. Gershon Lewental, MA’06, PhD’11, is the Schusterman Visiting Professor of Israel Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Victoria Khiterer, PhD’08, is an assistant history professor at Millersville University. She is also director of Millersville’s Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide, which has been held annually for 33 years. Victoria began her teaching career at a middle school in Kiev, Ukraine.

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GATHERING IN GHANA: The Brandeis Graduate Association of Ghana held its first meeting in Accra, featuring a discussion, “The Role of Social Entrepreneurs in Sustainable Development in Ghana,” led by William Derban, director of financial inclusion at Fidelity Bank, Ghana; comments from Heller School assistant professor Joseph Assan (via Skype); and a luncheon. Organizers included International Alumni Council member Samuel Kwotuah, MA’07; Gloria Mahama, MA’13; Peter Adagwine, MA’12; Alimatu Braimah, MA’11; Hajia Sa-adatu, MA’08; Selina Torrison Saaka, MA’06; Ibrahim Sebiyam, MA’11; and Nancy Ampofo, P’09, mother of Akosua Ampofo, MA’09.

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