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Presidential Profile



The Board of Trustees of Massachusetts Bay Community College seeks an inspiring, innovative and experienced leader to guide the institution forward.  Massachusetts Bay Community College’s three locations are conveniently located in the center of the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. The 84-acre Wellesley Hills campus, purchased in 1973, is located 10 miles west of Boston. The Framingham campus, situated on 25 acres near the downtown area, has been leased since 1990 and is home to the Health Sciences Division, the College’s Education programs and its Human Services program. The Ashland campus, leased since 2001, is located approximately 4 miles south of the Framingham campus and houses the Automotive Technology programs.


The Massachusetts Bay Community College is accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and is currently engaged in the periodic review process. The College has 3,200 FTE annually, and has garnered continued recognition as a Military Friendly School.  The College has a partnership with Framingham State that is aimed at enhancing college readiness, participation and completion among underserved student populations and non-traditional adult learners in the region. The College’s nursing program has drawn both statewide and national attention to the new teaching and learning model resulting in improved pass rates. The College also excels in the area of STEM with a number of NSF grants and a growing list of S-STEM and Barry M. Goldwater scholars.


The Board seeks a visionary leader who will build teams, plan strategically and lead the College as the College continues to ensure that the post-secondary educational needs of the students, employers and communities are met. The new president will address the following:

Challenges and Opportunities

  • Plan and implement student focused initiatives including enrollment, student success and retention plans.
  • Evaluate and address programming needs based on future growth and community needs.
  • Build and empower a leadership team.
  • Continue to provide academic leadership to the accreditation review process.
  • Address the needs of the Framingham and Ashland campuses to provide permanent College-owned locations in partnership with the respective communities.
  • Continue to build relationships with public officials at the local and state levels to benefit students, communities and employers.
  • Improve the financial position of the College.
  • Move the College forward as an economic engine within the region.


Ideal Characteristics

  • An experienced leader of a complex organization with a vision for Massachusetts Bay Community College’s future.
  • A student-centered leader who deeply understands student learning and the value of student support services in retention and success.
  • An experienced financial manager who makes data-informed decisions.
  • Experience with successful fundraising efforts.
  • A warm, engaging, excited, passionate and understanding collaborator who is visible on all three campuses and in the community.
  • An educational leader who recognizes achievements, is open to new modes of instructional delivery and understands the value of organizational assessments and organizational development.
  • A seasoned professional who is positive, energetic, and has ethical standards.
  • Ability to relate to and successfully interact with various constituencies such as faculty, staff, public officials, students, business and community leaders.
  • An experienced strategic planner who can lead collaborative efforts across the College and related communities, and follow through with implementation and review.
  • Ability to balance the commitment to transfer and career programs, as well as the needs of the diverse student populations at different campuses.
  • Ability to develop additional support resources for programs and initiatives through partnerships, grants and relationship building.
  • An experienced advocate who can lead the marketing and branding efforts of the College.
  • A leader who understands the needs of the diverse communities served.
  • A tech savvy leader who understands the value and role of technology in service to students and pedagogy.
  • Experience working with bargaining units.
  • An effective communicator.


Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution.
  • Five years of senior leadership experience in a complex organization, higher education preferred.
  • Teaching experience in higher education, preferably at a community college.


As one of the 15 Community Colleges, Massachusetts Bay Community College is overseen by a Board of Trustees, which is in turn overseen by the Board of Higher Education (BHE). Tasked with defining the mission of and coordinating the Commonwealth’s system of public higher education and its institutions, the BHE also oversees 9 State Universities and has broad oversight responsibility for the University of Massachusetts system, which has its own independent system board. The Department of Higher Education, headed by a Commissioner, is the executive arm of the BHE. The Department of Higher Education is one of three education agencies in the Commonwealth and is part of the Executive Office of Education.


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Presidential Profile (addendum)

Over the course of 8 days (December 1 – December 8, 2015) students, staff and faculty of Massachusetts Bay Community College gathered in 10 different town hall forums to engage in conversation around the presidential profile and to explore additional criteria for the successful candidate. The following are some of the agreed upon themes that the College community desires in the next president:


  • A visionary leader able to inspire “best practices” in community college education availing Massachusetts Bay Community College as an exemplar in specified areas of achievement
  • A skilled communicator able to tell the Massachusetts Bay Community College story both near and far with the goal of increasing student enrollment, recruit & retain talented faculty and increase philanthropic giving
  • A skilled manager able to inspire a renewed sense of enthusiasm and stability at all three campuses among students, staff and faculty
  • A working knowledge of higher education at the state level
  • An interest in emerging as a trusted community leader within the MetroWest region
  • Experience with collective bargaining
  • An interest in developing strong relationships with the Student Government Association and other student groups