Ellen Birchander Assumes Helm of Management of Aging Services Program

McCormack Graduate School | January 08, 2015
Ellen Birchander Assumes Helm of Management of Aging Services Program


I’m thrilled to assume this new role. I enjoy working with the highly motivated and socially conscious students we attract.



Professor Ellen Birchander is the new graduate program director for the online graduate program in management of aging services. She has served as the program’s co-director for 12 years, sharing recruitment, advising, and administrative duties with Lilian Glickman.
 
Birchander brings a wealth of practical experience to this position as well. An expert in health and physical aspects of aging, social aspects of aging, and the psychology of aging, she held various positions at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Her last position was as assistant secretary for program management, where she was responsible for $150 million in programs designed for the Commonwealth’s elders.
 
“I’m thrilled to assume this new role,” says Professor Birchander. “I enjoy working with the highly motivated and socially conscious students we attract. It’s an exciting field to be in−knowing that seniors are the fastest growing segment of our population. And there is an increasing demand for our graduates, too.”
 
Housed at the McCormack Graduate School and funded by the College of Advancing and Professional Studies, this award-winning program helps students advance their careers working with the aging population in fields like nonprofit and care management, housing and transportation, community programming, advocacy, and public policy. Like Birchander, the program’s faculty are experienced career professionals in the field of aging.
 
The Management of Aging Services Program has been nationally recognized by the University Continuing Education Association as an outstanding credit program. In an external review conducted by the Department of Gerontology last year, the  program received accolades from its alumni and evaluators. Students praised its supportive faculty, convenient schedule, and affordability while external reviewers recognized the program’s innovation, creativity, and applied approach.

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Posted by Donna Mombourquette | January 22, 2015 - 4:05 p.m.

Congratulations, Ellen!
Well deserved!