Antioch University New England (AUNE) launched the Division of Continuing Education and Community Outreach (CECO) on March 1, announced AUNE President David Caruso. Jack Calhoun, assistant to the president for community and governmental affairs, was named interim dean of CECO.
The division replaces Antioch New England Institute (ANEI), continuing much of ANEI’s grant- and contract-funded community outreach while expanding its continuing education function. Continuing professional education programs, including certificate programs, workshops and summer institutes, will be housed in the division.
The Center for Academic Innovation, part of CECO, will develop innovative academic initiatives. The center will encourage entrepreneurship at AUNE through expert assessment of business plans, start-up funding, administrative support and evaluation.
Abigail Abrash Walton directs the new center while also continuing as assistant to the president for sustainability and social justice. Walton earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Pennsylvania and master’s degree in political theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Calhoun holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire. As former project director for ANEI, he has significant experience in administration and instruction for continuing education and community outreach programs.
The creation of CECO fulfills a key goal in AUNE’s 2007-2012 strategic plan of a department to consolidate and expand continuing education.