The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which is best known in higher education for easing the path of community college students into four-year colleges, announced today that it has hired Lawrence Kutner as its new executive director. Kutner, who co-founded and co-directs the Center for Mental Health and Media at Massachusetts General Hospital and lectures on psychology in the psychiatry department at Harvard Medical School, is an expert on child development as well as an author and documentary producer. Among its other activities, the Cooke foundation focuses on helping community college students transfer to and succeed at competitive four-year colleges, and is financing an expansion of a University of Virginia program that puts graduates into low-income high schools to help students prepare for college.
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