James Mabry

LOWELL — The Middlesex Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday morning to hire executive search firm Isaacson, Miller Inc. to assist with its search for a new college president.

Isaacson, Miller was one of three finalists the board’s Ad Hoc Committee interviewed last week before unanimously recommending the firm to the full board. Nine firms were considered.

Trustees noted the firm’s experience with community colleges and local institutions among their reasons for the selection.

Isaacson, Miller was the firm that assisted UMass Lowell with its 2015 chancellor search following Marty Meehan’s appointment as president of the UMass system, ultimately selecting then-Executive Vice Chancellor Jacquelyn Moloney as his successor.

Current MCC President James Mabry, who has been at the helm of the college since 2015, announced earlier this year that he would retire on June 30. He said then that he gave the board such advance notice so that the trustees would have ample time to conduct their search for a new president.

This is a developing story.