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A look back at the history of Massachusetts Bay Community College (MassBay) since it was chartered in 1961:

  • In 2024, the MassBay Center for Heath Sciences, Early Childhood, and Human Services, at 490 Franklin Street in Framingham, opens.
  • In 2016, David Podell, Ph.D. became the sixth president of Massachusetts Bay Community College.
  • In 2015, Yves Salomon-Fernandez, Ph.D. was appointed the interim president of MassBay Community College until a sixth president was chosen.
  • In 2015, Three Massachusetts Bay Community College students were the recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship, the largest and most prestigious scholarship for community college students in the country.
  • In 2011, the fifth president of the college, Dr. John O’Donnell was appointed.
  • In 2011, the College marked its 50th anniversary.
  • In 2007, the College finalized a five-year Strategic Plan to shape the College’s future.
  • In 2004, the College’s fourth president, Dr. Carole M. Berotte Joseph was appointed.
  • In 2003, the Recreation and Wellness Center was opened.
  • In 2001, the Automotive Technology Center was opened in Ashland.
  • In 1999, the third president, Dr. Lindsay Norman was appointed.
  • In 1990, a second campus was opened in Framingham.
  • In 1983, founding president John F. McKenzie retired, and second president Roger A. Van Winkle was appointed.
  • In 1978, the Board of Regents charged the College with the development of a new mission emphasizing program initiatives in advanced technology and the health sciences.
  • In 1973, after residing in temporary locations in Boston and Watertown, the Massachusetts Board of Regional Community Colleges chose the property of the Elizateth Seton High School in Wellesley Hills for MassBay’s permanent campus, with a maximum enrollment of 1500 FTEs.
  • In 1961, Massachusetts Bay Community College was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.