‘Outsiders’ head area colleges

Hampshire College president Jonathan Lash
Matthew Cavanaugh for The Boston Globe
Hampshire College president Jonathan Lash

Twenty percent of college presidents in the United States now come from fields outside academia, up from 13 percent just six years ago, according to a new national survey by the American Council on Education.

The following New England college presidents have brought private or public sector experience to their current roles.

Michael Alexander (Lasell College)

Alexander was managing partner and founder of Echo Bridge Entertainment. Previous to that he served as president and general manager of WWOR-TV.

Roger H. Brown (Berklee College of Music)


Brown launched Bright Horizons in 1996, which became a successful, publicly traded company.

Thomas M. McGovern (Fisher College)

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McGovern held senior level executive positions in government and was a transportation and management consultant.

Jackie Jenkins-Scott (Wheelock College)

Jenkins-Scott was president and CEO of the Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury from 1983 to 2004. She also previously worked in the state’s departments of Public and Mental Health.

Helen G. Drinan (Simmons College)

Drinan was senior vice president of human resources at Caritas Christi Health Care. Prior to that, she served as executive vice president of human resources at BankBoston Corporation.

Jonathan Lash (Hampshire College)

Since 1993, Lash was president of World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank. He also worked as a federal prosecutor and held positions in Vermont state government.