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Presidential Search Update #4

March 22, 2016

— Rev. Emmett G. Price III, Ph.D., Trustee, Board of Trustees and Chair, Presidential Search Committee


Dear MassBay Community, 

I am writing to keep you informed of the latest developments in our presidential search. Dr. Susan F. Lusi, one of the three finalists, has formally withdrawn her candidacy to pursue another opportunity. In a high-profile leadership search such as this, where you are drawing from a pool of exceptional, highly regarded candidates, this type of news is not out of the norm. 

The Presidential Search Committee members put great effort and thought into selecting our finalists. We have great confidence in the leadership potential and abilities of our remaining candidates. Dr. Jacquelyn Elliott, visited our Wellesley Hills and Framingham campuses today, and she will meet with our faculty, staff, and students in Ashland tomorrow. We look forward to welcoming Dr. David Podell, our next candidate, to MassBay Community College next week. 

 

Sincerely, 

Rev. Emmett G. Price III, Ph.D.

Chair, Presidential Search Committee

Trustee, Board of Trustees

Massachusetts Bay Community College

 

Presidential Search Update #3

March 11, 2016

— Rev. Emmett G. Price III, Ph.D., Trustee, Board of Trustees and Chair, Presidential Search Committee


The Presidential Search Committee is pleased to present the following three finalists for the presidency of Massachusetts Bay Community College. The extensive search attracted a rich pool of candidates from across the nation and after much deliberation, the Presidential Search Committee unanimously recommends these three leaders for the position:

The finalists are (in alphabetical order):

Dr. Jacquelyn Elliott currently serves as the President of North Arkansas College (Harrison, Arkansas). Previously, she served as the Vice President for Student Affairs for Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, Missouri). Dr. Elliott earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from Concordia University (Seward, Nebraska), a Master of Arts in English from Fort Hays State University (Hays, Kansas), and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Higher Education with an administrative certification in Community College Leadership from the University of Nebraska (Lincoln, Nebraska).

Dr. Susan Lusi most recently served as the Superintendent of Schools for Providence Public Schools in Rhode Island. Previously, she served as the Superintendent of Schools for Portsmouth Public Schools in Rhode Island. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies from Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island), a Master of Public Policy from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy from Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts).

Dr. David Podell currently serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty for Marymount Manhattan College (New York, New York).  He previously served as the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the College of Staten Island, City University of New York (Staten Island, New York). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), a Masters of Education in Child Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (Cambridge, Massachusetts), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology from New York University (New York, New York).

Open Public Forums with Finalist Candidates
Each finalist will spend one and a half days at Massachusetts Bay Community College, with opportunity to meet with students, faculty and staff, College leadership, and the community at large at open public forums. We invite and encourage students, faculty, administrators, and the general public to attend one or more of the open public forums. There will be a brief introduction, followed by a short address from each candidate. The majority of time will be reserved for a question and answer session. Feedback forms will be provided to attendees, and completed forms will be collected at the end of each forum to be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for review.

Dr. Jacquelyn Elliott will visit on Tuesday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 23. She will be presented at the following public forums:

  • Tuesday, March 22 on the Wellesley Campus (Library Atrium) from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Tuesday, March 22 on the Framingham Campus (Auditorium) from 3:00 – 4:15 PM
  • Wednesday, March 23 on the Ashland Campus (Conference Room) from 10:15 – 11:30 AM

Dr. David Podell will visit on Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30. He will be presented at the following public forums:

  • Tuesday, March 29 on the Wellesley Campus (Library Atrium) from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Tuesday, March 29 on the Framingham Campus (Auditorium) from 3:00 – 4:15 PM
  • Wednesday, March 30 on the Ashland Campus (Conference Room) from 10:15 – 11:30 AM

Dr. Susan Lusi will visit on Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1. She will be presented at the following public forums:

  • Thursday, March 31 on the Wellesley Campus (Auditorium) from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Thursday, March 31 on the Framingham Campus (Auditorium) from 3:00 – 4:15 PM
  • Friday, April 1 on the Ashland Campus (Conference Room) from 10:15 – 11:30 AM

 


Presidential Search Update #2

February 29, 2016

— Rev. Emmett G. Price III, Ph.D., Trustee, Board of Trustees and Chair, Presidential Search Committee


On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee, I am excited to share this update regarding the progress of our search for the next president of Massachusetts Bay Community College.

As a result of our public announcement and targeted outreach, we attracted 27 qualified and interested candidates. At our February 1 meeting, the Search Committee unanimously agreed to move 12 impressive leaders forward to the next phase. Extensive interactive interviews were conducted with each semifinalist in order to select no less than three and no more than five finalists to recommend to the Board of Trustees and the Massachusetts Bay Community for consideration. According to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Guidelines and Procedures, “Prior to making its recommendation, the Search Committee shall ensure that thorough reference and background checks are completed on all of the recommended finalists, and that the finalists understand that their appointment will be subject to a State Police Background check which will be facilitated by the Department of Higher Education staff.” This process has been initiated and we expect to receive reports in the next week. Once these reports are received we will formally present the finalists to the Board of Trustees and the Massachusetts Bay Community. In the meantime, we are making preparations to invite each of the finalists to visit all three campuses of our institution in order to continue the interactive and participatory process that we initiated at the very beginning of our search.

I look forward to returning to you soon with more information and an invitation to participate in the forthcoming campus visits.

 


Presidential Search Update #1

December 14, 2015

— Rev. Emmett G. Price III, Ph.D., Trustee, Board of Trustees and Chair, Presidential Search Committee


On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee, I am excited to share an update regarding the progress of the presidential search process.

In November, you were asked to respond to a survey instrument regarding the College’s immediate and longer-term priorities as well as the ideal characteristics of the new president. Your very thoughtful responses were the foundation for the draft presidential profile that was reviewed by the Presidential Search Committee, the Board of Trustees and the Commissioner of Higher Education. With the continued commitment of engaging and including as many voices of Massachusetts Bay Community College, the search committee facilitated 10 town hall forums for students, staff and faculty on all 3 campuses to share the profile and to solicit your feedback. The experience was invaluable to me personally, and to many at the College. We greatly appreciate your presence and participation in the process thus far. The conversations from the town hall forums resulted in a slightly revised presidential profile and the creation of an addendum, both are now posted on our website. Candidates will use this information to develop their application packages and the Presidential Search Committee will use the same information as a guiding tool in reviewing candidate submissions. We believe the Presidential Profile and addendum reflect the College’s needs and the skills and experiences that will move Massachusetts Bay Community College forward.

Additionally, the Presidential Search website has been updated to include information on all aspects of the search, both for our community and for potential candidates. We have posted the Presidential Profile and ‘How to Apply’ information, among other items, and will continue to post updates periodically throughout the search process. Please visit http://www.massbay.edu/presidential-search/ regularly.

We are excited to enter the next phase of the presidential search. This next phase will include published advertisements and more intensive recruitment through the efforts of our ACCT consultants.