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MassBay Community College Welcomes New Trustee

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Liz Cooper

Ilissa K. Povich WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. (April 5, 2022)Ilissa K. Povich of Wellesley, MA has been appointed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to serve as a member of the MassBay Community College Board of Trustees. She will attend her first Board meeting on April 12.

A lawyer, Povich is an Investigator in the Harvard University Office for Dispute Resolution where she investigates primarily cases involving allegations of sexual harassment, and prepares and presents training on Title IX and related topics to students, faculty, and staff.

Prior to her role at Harvard, Povich has been a writer and writing coach, vice president and general counsel of a technology company, and a corporate attorney at a prominent law firm in Boston. She has served in many roles in her local community including chair of both the Wellesley School Committee and Human Resources Board, and a Town Meeting member; President of the Wellesley Club; Campaign Manager for numerous Town of Wellesley override and debt exclusion campaigns; PTO president for two elementary schools, Wellesley Middle School, and Wellesley High School; and a Board member for the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation, the Wellesley Education Foundation, and Wellesley A Better Chance. Her husband, Lon Povich, was a MassBay Trustee from 2014-2015. Ilissa Povich earned her J.D. from Harvard University, and her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Duke University.

“We are delighted to welcome someone with Ilissa Povich’s intelligence, skills, and passion for education to our Board,” said MassBay Community College President David Podell. “Throughout her distinguished career she has shown a spirit of service to others that is aligned with our college’s mission. We know she will make a significant contribution during her tenure, and we are truly grateful for her service.”

“I am very pleased to join the Board of Trustees at MassBay Community College,” said Ilssa Povich. “As a Wellesley resident I have long admired the work being done at the college. I recognize the important role the college plays in the lives of its remarkable students. I look forward to doing what I can to help the college expand its reach and impact.”

MassBay Community College is the most affordable higher education option in MetroWest Boston, offering a robust portfolio of courses and more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs with flexible day, evening, and weekend classes in Ashland, Framingham, Wellesley Hills, and online. MassBay students receive an unmatched educational value by earning stackable credits that transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, and workforce-ready skills necessary to advance careers in high-demand fields such as health and life sciences, automotive technology, engineering, business, cybersecurity, and the humanities. MassBay’s Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) and Practical Nursing (LPN) programs were both ranked as the #1 Nursing Program in Massachusetts in 2020-2021 by national nursing advocacy organizations, and Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and remains firmly committed to its mission of meeting the needs of the diverse local communities it serves. We value the intrinsic worth of all individuals, collectively in pursuit of inclusiveness and prioritize our work towards achieving equity within our community and beyond.

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