Cam Staples to head college accreditation agency

Former longtime state Rep. Cameron Staples has been hired as the executive director of The New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The association is responsible for accrediting public and private school and college programs recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Staples was a state representative for more than 15 years, and was co-chairman of the powerful tax-writing committee before deciding not to seek re-election last year. He explored running for attorney general. He also was the co-chairman of the Education Committee for years.