Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Dr. Carlos Santiago

Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Dr. Carlos Santiago is concerned that the abrupt closure of Mount Ida College in Dedham is part of a larger trend here in Massachusetts, and beyond. Last week, Attorney General Maura Healey approved the $75 million sale of Mount Ida to UMass Amherst, but also said she would investigate whether Mount Ida officials violated their fiduciary duty. Santiago’s office has worked with Healey’s to understand this sudden turn of events. Dr. Santiago discussed that and more with Carrie Saldo while in western Massachusetts last week.