LOWELL – James Mabry, Middlesex Community College president since 2015, announced Tuesday he will retire in 2021.
James Campbell, president of the MCC Board of Trustees, said in a statement, “I want to sincerely thank President Mabry for his outstanding leadership over the past 51/2 years and I am looking forward to working with him over the next year as he leads the college through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the celebration of MCC’s 50th Anniversary.
“Under President Mabry’s leadership significant changes have been made and the college is stronger, more nimble, and more resilient than ever before. He has built a great team and together they have strengthened programs and services, improved the technology infrastructure and digital competencies of the college while building new facilities and upgrading many others (bringing the new Donahue Academic Center in on time and on budget is an example). The college has been recognized by the Commissioner of Higher Education and the accrediting agencies as a model institution. The college has been a great partner in the communities and businesses it serves, and President Mabry is well known and respected across the area.
In a statement, Mabry said: “Next year, I will be in my 70th year and I believe for both professional and personal reasons that this is the right time to move to the next phase of my life. Announcing now will enable the Board sufficient time to conduct a comprehensive, national search, find the next president, and implement a smooth transition in a time of substantial challenge and change.
Mabry added: “Leading a college through rapidly shifting landscapes has not been easy, but over the last 5+ years, we built on a strong base and have made tremendous progress as we worked together to strengthen MCC in ways that have prepared the college to prosper in challenging times. The college is different and stronger from when I arrived as many necessary initiatives were planned and implemented.”
Mabry’s decision comes just a couple weeks before the Board of Trustees hears from a private consulting firm which conducted an outside review on Mabry’s administration. The review will be discussed by trustees later this month.
Mabry has been at odds with several trustees but in particular the union that represents faculty.
This is a developing story.