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MassBay Employee to Run the 2023 Boston Marathon to Support Student Scholarships

Thursday, February 23, 2023


Liz Cooper


Liz Cooper will run the Boston Marathon, representing MassBay MassBay Community College Associate Director of Public Relations Liz Cooper, Needham, MA, December 2022 (Photo/MassBay Community College).


WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. (February 23, 2023) — MassBay Community College associate director of public relations Liz Cooper of Needham, MA will run the 127th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17, 2023, with a goal of raising $5,000 for MassBay’s general student scholarship fund. The MassBay General Scholarship provides critical funds to students who need assistance paying for tuition, textbooks, and emergency costs that may arise during the semester.

Cooper is familiar with the Boston Athletic Association’s (BAA) famous event. Having participated in almost every aspect of previous Boston Marathons—from cheering on her dad when he ran the Marathon eight times, to volunteering with the BAA at the finish line, to walking the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk from Wellesley to Boston, to covering the Marathon as a member of the media.

“I have always been inspired to run Boston, admiring the unwavering determination of runners from all walks of life, and the unmatched collaborative athletic spirit that brings people from around the globe to race or cheer on runners in this world-class event,” said Cooper. “As a seven-year employee of MassBay, I have witnessed this same type of determination and spirit in our students. Our students are industrious, dedicated individuals who often juggle full-time jobs along with their college studies. Some students are single parents supporting their children or are caretakers for their parents and grandparents, others are struggling to make ends meet and are looking for a supportive stepping-stone. This scholarship will help alleviate some of the financial pressures they face.”

Cooper has worked in MassBay’s Office of Marketing and Communications since 2015. Prior to joining the staff at MassBay, she worked as the director of communications for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education and held multiple positions at Fox25 News in Boston for more than 11 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications studies from Bridgewater State University. When she’s not Marathon training, Cooper enjoys rooting for Boston sports teams with her three children and her husband, attending her kids’ games and activities, and pitching stories to news outlets to highlight MassBay’s dedicated and hard-working students and profiling deserving organizations in the Greater Boston area who positively impacting our communities. She is incredibly excited to run her first Boston Marathon and “can’t wait to see my family, friends, and MassBay colleagues along the course.”

“My motivation really comes from my mom, a first-generation, community college graduate,” she said. “I saw how hard she worked to earn her degree when I was young. Her success story inspires me to help MassBay students reach their own academic and career goals by sharing their stories with the media, showcasing their amazing stories to elicit recognition, attention, and public support. I’m truly honored to be able to run Boston on their behalf.”

To support Liz Cooper’s Boston Marathon run, visit:

The Town of Wellesley receives invitational entries for the Boston Marathon through the Boston Athletic Association Cities and Towns Program. Entries are awarded to local charitable organizations selected by the Wellesley Select Board.


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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