Grant to step down as EMK Institute leader

Dr. Mary Grant

Dr. Mary Grant, who has led the Edward M. Kennedy Institute on Columbia Point since January 2018, will leave her post this month to take up a new role in higher education.

In a letter to EMK Institute board members, the chairman James J. Karam, saluted Grant’s “exemplary leadership” and named Art Buckland as the institute’s “interim Executive Director.” The Boston Business Journal, which first reported the news on Tuesday, said that Grant would begin her new role at Bridgewater State University next year.

According to Karam, Buckland has “extensive senior leadership and board experience in public, privately held and non-profit businesses in seven states and seven countries, ranging from startups to billion-dollar global enterprises in diverse industries, many in the social impact space.”

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