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This month, as parents packed up minivans and then dropped their kids off at college, unpacking their teenager’s brain might have been their biggest challenge. New research shows the teenage brain is not fully mature, even at the end of college.

This month, Doctor David Podell takes the helm at Massachusetts Bay Community College. For the past eight years, he was the vice president for Academic Affairs at Marymount Manhattan College in New York.

As part of our Leaders in Higher Education series, On Campus' Kirk Carapezza  caught up with Podell on campus in Wellesley and asked him how his previous experience at a private college prepared him for his new job.

Students and faculty at four Boston-area colleges will welcome new leaders to campus for this upcoming school year. These soon-to-be college presidents will serve their schools during a time of nationwide racial tensions, increasingly competitive higher education markets, and a palpable anxiety about the fate of private liberal arts colleges and state-funded universities.

There’s a lot in the news about college presidents grappling with diversity, race and ethnicity. But Ronald Liebowitz heads a campus established nearly 70 years ago as a national model of ethnic and religious pluralism. This month, Liebowitz became the ninth leader of Brandeis, a private research university that considers social justice central to its mission. 

As part of our series of conversations with leaders in higher education, On Campus' Kirk Carapezza sat down with Liebowitz before his official first day on campus in Waltham. 

This month, Dr. Paula Johnson officially leaves the field of medicine to become the first African American president of Wellesley College. As part of our series with leaders in higher education, Dr. Johnson sat down with WGBH's Kirk Carapezza during her first day on the job. 

Not many college presidents come from outside the Ivory Towers. Jeff Weiss, who took the helm at Lesley University on July 1 is one of the few.  

Boston is home to some of the world’s most elite colleges and universities. But for the lesser-known institutions, standing out from the pack can be a challenge. To ensure they're not overlooked by students, some of those schools are rebranding themselves.

Aspiring entrepreneurs can be found everywhere, including on college campuses. Since many colleges have non-profit status, they don’t allow students to open up shop on campus, pushing many student-run business operations underground.

Simmons College is moving four of its graduate degree programs online, including the nation’s only MBA designed specifically for women.

As college students return to their brick-and-mortar campuses, Harvard Business School is unveiling a virtual classroom designed to replicate the intimacy of the on campus experience.

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