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New England families pay a price in public fights for justice

AIC faculty expert, David Kuzmeski, chair of the the Criminal Justice department, spoke to USA Today regarding the death of Massachusetts teen Mikayla Miller in April, and the family's pursuit of an independent and transparent probe. The story was picked up by The Providence Journal.

AIC to host 13th annual President's Cup Golf Outing

After being cancelled last year due to Covid-19, AIC's annual President's Cup Golf Outing, is back on. The tournament benefits student scholarships. To date, the tournament has raised more than $500,000. Full story is available at The Reminder.

American International College Announces Four Promotions

American International College (AIC) announced four promotions, most effective July 1.


Nicolle Cestero has been promoted to chief operating officer, executive vice president, and retains her title as chief of staff.Among the responsibilities in her newly expanded position, Cestero will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the college, while continuing to serve as advisor to the president, playing an integral role in implementing AIC’s strategic plan. Cestero will oversee the college’s legal matters and support presidential and institutional initiatives to ensure project deadlines are met and targeted outcomes are attained. She serves on the president’s cabinet and all individual board committees. Additionally, she will play a key role, in collaboration with the board of trustees, in the nationwide search for President Vince Maniaci’s successor following the recent announcement of his retirement at the end of the 2021-22 academic year.


Matthew Scott has been serving as vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students since July 2020. He will add Title IX coordinator to his area of responsibilities. With that addition, he will be the designated official from AIC with primary responsibility for coordinating compliance with Title IX, including providing leadership for Title IX activities; consultation, education, and training; and helping to ensure that the institution responds appropriately, effectively, and equitably to Title IX issues.


Jessica Chapin has been promoted to director of Athletics and will oversee all aspects of AIC athletic programs. Among her duties, she is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the athletics department, including oversight of compliance with ensuring NCAA Division I and Division II rules and bylaws, retention, financial aid, and new-student recruitment, collaborating with offices across campus. She is the Title IX deputy coordinator for Athletics.


Michael Eriquezzo has been promoted to director of Marketing and Communications. He will have oversight of all aspects of institutional digital and traditional marketing, web, and public-relations functions for the college, including the semi-annual Lucent magazine with a circulation to more than 30,000 alumni. 


Additional information is available online at BusinessWest.

AIC faculty expert discusses what is an inquest? An alternative to an independent investigation in Mikayla Miller case

In its preliminary findings into the death of 16-year-old Mikayla Miller of Hopkinton, the Middlesex District Attorney's office said the teen took her own life. Her mother, Calvina Strothers, and others say that didn't happen and have called for an independent investigation into the girl's death.

David Kuzmeski, an associate professor of criminal justice at American International College said Miller's family and advocates could also obtain some of the answers they're looking for through an official inquest. Professor Kuzmeski discusses what an inquest is with MetroWest Daily News. The story also appeared in Wicked Local-Shrewsbury

AIC football coach mourns the loss of Mahki Buckly

One local college is mourning the loss of a football player who died Monday. Mahki Buckly was a safety at American International College. WesternMassNews spoke exclusively with AIC's Head Football Coach Kristofer Kulzer.