December 17, 2017
 
Institute for U.S. Senate Names Mary Grant as Next President

Mary Grant
September 14, 2017 — The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a Boston nonprofit that seeks to encourage public discourse and inspire citizens to become public leaders, yesterday announced that it has named Mary K. Grant as its new president.

Grant, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville, succeeds Jean MacCormack, who has been serving in the role since 2014 and will step down in January.

“We are excited by the selection of Dr. Mary Grant as the new president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute,” said Jim Karam, board chair of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. “After an extensive national search to find the right individual to lead our organization, the choice was clear – Dr. Grant will be an excellent president.”

He lauded MacCormack for her "thoughtful leadership [which] has been instrumental in establishing, operating, and promoting our organization."

“I am honored to join the team at the institute,” said Grant. “I am impressed by what is taking place there – the vibrant conversations, the civic learning, the exchange of ideas, and the active demonstration of democracy.

"The institute is a place where people from all walks of life can experience the power of finding common ground and shifting political dialogue away from polarization and towards bipartisanship. This work is greatly important and I look forward to the opportunity to continue expanding the Institute’s reach.”

Grant was appointed chancellor of UNC Asheville in 2014 following a 12-year tenure as president of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA).

At UNC Asheville, Grant led the university’s efforts to secure support for $67 million in new construction and renovations, built and expanded partnerships with the Asheville community, and worked with foundations, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, to garner support for innovation, research, and engagement.

At MCLA, she oversaw enrollment growth, emphasized community engagement, and secured $100 million in new public and private support for the college through its first comprehensive capital campaign.

Grant previously served as the chief academic officer and deputy CEO of UMassOnline, and was a senior fellow at the John W. McCormack Institute of Public Affairs at University of Massachusetts Boston where she led the McCormack Institute’s master’s program in public affairs and served as director of the Center for Social Policy. In addition, Grant served as assistant vice chancellor for administration and finance and human resources at UMass Boston.

Grant currently serves as vice chair of the board for National Campus Compact and a trustee of the Norman Rockwell Museum. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from MCLA, a master’s degree in public affairs from UMass Boston, a Ph.D. in social policy from The Heller School at Brandeis University, and an honorary degree from Williams College.

For the year ending Dec. 31, 2015, the institute reported $5.9 million in revenue, of which $5.2 million came from contributions and grants, and $12.5 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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