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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Middlesex Community College President Carole A. Cowan announced to the MCC Board of Trustees today that she will be retiring as president of the college at the end of the calendar year.
“I came to Middlesex in 1976 as a business professor and almost didn’t take the job,” Cowan said Tuesday at a joint board meeting of the MCC Trustees and the MCC Foundation. “Thankfully, I was a tough negotiator and ended up signing on – a decision I’ve never regretted. I’ve been here 38 years, 24 of them as the third president of this institution.
“I feel as though I have helped lead this college from its infancy to adulthood, and helped establish it as a flagship in the community college system,” continued Cowan. “We have strong campuses in our suburban (Bedford) and urban (Lowell) settings. Middlesex Community College has become a nationally recognized leader in higher education.
“I am proud to be president of this institution, proud to be your colleague, and proud of the milestones we have reached as a team here at Middlesex. I’m excited to see where the college goes next.”
Cowan notified Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland of her decision the previous evening. Tuesday morning, she made her announcement alongside Board of Trustees Chairman Royall M. Mack Sr., of Andover. Mack also spoke with Commissioner Freeland and will be leading the search for Cowan’s replacement.
The search committee is expected to be in place over the course of the summer, with work underway throughout the fall semester to name Cowan’s successor by the beginning of 2015.
In addition to her commitment to workforce development and global initiatives, Cowan’s tenure has also focused on Service-Learning and saving historic properties.