Massasoit Community College’s Vice President for Administration/Chief Financial Officer, William A. Mitchell, has been named Interim President, effective Friday, September 1, 2017. He was selected by the College’s Board of Trustees at their regular board meeting on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 and later approved by Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education, Carlos Santiago. Mr. Mitchell brings more than 30 years of experience working within Massachusetts Public Higher Education.
“Bill’s interim appointment will provide continuity and will also provide the Board with adequate time to begin a national search for a new president,” said Dr. Charles Wall, President of Massasoit Community College. “His appointment gives Massasoit a unique opportunity to experience a known campus leader who will continue to guide the College forward in the coming months,” Wall added.
Mr. Mitchell has served as Massasoit’s Vice President for Administration/Chief Financial Officer since 2012. Prior to re-joining Massasoit Community College, he was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Services at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth from 1994-2012. From 1985-1994, Mr. Mitchell was with Massasoit in a number of capacities including Assistant Comptroller (1992-1994); Budget Analyst (1989-1992); Assistant Director of Student Activities (1987-1989); Adjunct Faculty (1989-1996); and Head Baseball Coach (1985-1989).
“Vice President Mitchell has a strong record of service in public higher education in the Commonwealth. He is truly committed to our students and dedicated to their success. The students, staff, and faculty of Massasoit can count on his leadership to see us through this period of transition and face any challenges that come before us,” said Pamerson Ifill, Chair, Massasoit Community College Board of Trustees.
Mr. Mitchell received a Bachelor of Science in Management from Bridgewater State University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Framingham State University. He is a member of several professional affiliations, and is currently the Chair of the Massachusetts State Universities and Community Colleges Chief Financial Officers Annual Meeting. Outside of Massasoit, Mr. Mitchell is actively involved in various business and civic organizations, including the Board of Directors for the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce where he chairs the organization’s finance committee.
Mr. Mitchell’s appointment will become effective on Friday, September 1, 2017 in order to ensure a smooth transition to President Charles Wall’s departure which is also slated for September 1, 2017. Mr. Mitchell will serve in the role until a permanent replacement is named; a search is currently underway.
President Wall, who has been President of Massasoit Community College since 2001, announced his plans to retire on January 26, 2017.