Kurt Steinberg ’93 BA (IR)/’94 MPA is president of Massachusetts College of Art and Design

SteinbergKurt Steinberg will assume the presidency of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design on July 1. Steinberg has worked at Mass Art for 12 years, including one year as acting president. During his time at Mass Art Steinberg oversaw a 10-year plan to renovate the school’s Boston campus and established a partnership with the Beijing Royal School in China. Previously he was associate vice chancellor and chief financial officer at the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. He is currently completing his doctoral studies in organizational leadership at Northeastern University.

Stephen Coffin ’77 MPA co-authors three books in 2017

Stephen_CoffinStephen Coffin co-authored three books entitled: Sound School Finance for Educational Excellence, School District Financial Leadership: Making District Funds Work Systemically and Systematically, and Why School Leaders Need Vision: Managing Scarcity, Mandates, and Conflicting Goals for Educational Quality. They were published by Rowman & Littlefield. Coffin is adjunct instructor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education.

Andrew Maxwell ’06 MPA heads innovation department at construction firm

Maxwell-AndrewAndrew Maxwell is senior program manager and innovation strategist for C&S Companies, a construction firm. Previously Maxwell was director of policy & innovation for the City of Syracuse, where he led the Office of Innovation and its Innovation Team. He has also been the director of the Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency. For more information see the press release at this webpage.

Patrick Frank ’00 MPA takes command at Fort Polk

FrankBrigadier General Patrick Frank has taken command of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. Previously Frank served as deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky. For more information, read this news story.

Mary McGuire ’93 MPA ’00 PhD (PSc) named assistant dean at SUNY-Cortland


Mary McGuire is assistant dean of arts and sciences at the State University of New York at Cortland. She has been on the college’s political science faculty since 2001, where she is in charge of the department’s internships and its public administration and policy concentration. She recently spent a semester teaching and conducting research at Capital Normal University in Beijing.

Jonathan Duncan ’04 MPA joins faculty at Penn State

DuncanJonathan Duncan recently joined Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences as an assistant professor of hydrology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. His appointment is also under the umbrella of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, one of seven interdisciplinary research institutes at Penn State.  Previously he was a member of the Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information see the press release.

Christine Varney ’82 MPA named leading lawyer by trade journal

Varney webChristine Varney was named one of New York City’s leading women lawyers by Crain’s New York Business. The annual list recognizes trailblazing litigators who lead distinguished careers and undertake exceptional civic and philanthropic acts. Varney is a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and has served as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust and a commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission. She serves on the board of trustees of the American Museum of Natural History and the Third Way. To read more about her accomplished career, visit her company webpage.